DM Review is pleased to present a series of articles on the importance of data modeling. In the next few months, our readers will learn about the fundamental aspects of data modeling, how it relates to diagrams and tools, and what its connection is to such things as the Internet, data warehouses, data mining, objects, client/server systems and business rules. In the kick-off article in this series, Michael McKinlay and David Warren use humor and a touch of irreverence to make the point that data modeling is extremely basic and not something that followed from the invention of the microchip.
Consider the following statement of methodology: First, identify by conceptual analysis the simple elements to which all more complex objects may be reduced. Second, synthesize an understanding of the whole by perceiving the necessary relationships in which these elements must stand to one another.
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