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Data Modeling Fundamentals: A Practical Guide for IT Professionals

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The purpose of this book is to provide a practical approach for IT professionals to acquire the necessary knowledge and expertise in data modeling to function effectively. It begins with an overview of basic data modeling concepts, introduces the methods and techniques, provides a comprehensive case study to present the details of the data model components, covers the implementation of the data model with emphasis on quality components, and concludes with a presentation of a realistic approach to data modeling. It clearly describes how a generic data model is created to represent truly the enterprise information requirements.

Data Modeling Fundamentals is a comprehensive guide to the foundation and principles behind data modeling and its essential role in successful database design. The only book specifically addressing the essentials of data modeling for IT professionals, it includes:

  • An overview of data modeling concepts, techniques, and symbols
  • Anatomy of a comprehensive data model describing the various components

  • Extensive details of entities, attributes, identifiers, and relationships

  • Transition from data modeling to database design and implementation, datanormalization, and modeling for decision-support systems

  • Quality data modeling and agile data modeling in practice

  • Trends in data modeling methodologies and techniques

Chapter summaries with review questions and exercises at the conclusion of each chapter help readers gauge their understanding of the material presented. Complete with real-world examples, references, and an abundance of practical tips and suggestions, Data Modeling Fundamentals is an indispensable resource for both novice and experienced data modelers.

About the Author

PAULRAJ PONNIAH, PHD, an Adjunct Professor, teaches college courses in database design and data warehousing. He has over twenty-five years of experience as an information technology consultant, and has worked for such organizations as Texaco, Sotheby's, North American Philips, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New York, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, International Flavors & Fragrances, and Panasonic. Dr. Ponniah has published two successful books and continues to lecture to information technology professionals on data modeling, database design, and data warehousing.

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