Data Modeling Fundamentals

Steve Hoberman

Assuming no prior knowledge of data modeling, we start off with an exercise that will illustrate why data models are essential to understanding business processes and business requirements. Next, we will explain data modeling concepts and terminology, and provide you with a set of questions you can ask to quickly and precisely identify entities (including both weak and strong entities), data elements (including keys), and relationships (including subtyping). We will discuss the three different levels of modeling (conceptual, logical, and physical), and for each explain both relational and dimensional mindsets.


Steve Hoberman has trained more than 10,000 people in data modeling since 1992. Steve is known for his entertaining and interactive teaching style (watch out for flying candy!), and organizations around the globe have brought Steve in to teach his Data Modeling Master Class, which is recognized as the most comprehensive data modeling course in the industry. Steve is the author of nine books on data modeling, including the bestseller Data Modeling Made Simple. One of Steve’s frequent data modeling consulting assignments is to review data models using his Data Model Scorecard® technique. He is the founder of the Design Challenges group and recipient of the 2012 Data Administration Management Association (DAMA) International Professional Achievement Award.


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