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Data Modeling for the Business: A Handbook for Aligning the Business with IT using High-Level Data Models by Chris Bradley, Donna Burbank, Steve Hoberman

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Now let’s take a look at the parts of a HDM and discuss some of the guidelines and techniques for building one. While we’ll stress throughout the book that these guidelines are not strict rules, and that they can and should be customized to fit your particular audience, there are general principles that apply to these models that we, and others we’ve surveyed in the industry, have found to work effectively in practice.  The objects that are included in a HDM are described below.

Concept: A concept is represented as a noun that has meaning to the business. In the HDM, we create an inventory of the words, terms, and concepts used by the business with clear definitions for each. In creating this inventory, it is helpful to think ...

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