The average businessperson typically is not involved in the physical design of database systems. However, the smart businessperson does need to be involved with high-level data models that define database systems. This article (part one of a five-part series) will take a look at the definition of a data model, the importance of a high-level data model for the business executive and how to begin the process of building a high-level data model.

A high-level data model conveys the core concepts and/or principles of an organization in a simple way, using concise descriptions. The advantage of developing the high-level model is that it facilitates arriving at common terminology and definitions of the concepts and principles.

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