Editor's note: The first part of this article appeared in the November issue of DM Review. If you've already read that, click here for the continuation.

According to Webster's, the term universal can be defined as "generally applicable" as well as "applying to the whole." There are some very common patterns that can be generally applied in data models to develop higher quality and more holistic designs. Additionally, reusing patterns can save time and effort by providing model structures that have been proven to work well, flexible alternatives that can handle additional future needs and consistent models and structures that facilitate data sharing.

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