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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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High-Level Data Model Matter?

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. 

Take a concept as simple as ‘customer’. Everyone knows what a customer is, right? Or do they?  The definition may change based on a person’s perspective. To the billing department, a customer may be someone who owns a product or service sold by the company and to whom an invoice is sent. To a salesperson, a customer is someone who has ...

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