The FIB-DM is available for ER/Studio now #FIBO

The free version of the Financial Industry Business Data Model has been downloaded many times – it’s managed using the SAP PowerDesigner modelling tool, and users of other data modelling tools need to import the PowerDesigner Logical Data Model that is supplied. There are two concerns here:

  • FIB-DM is a very big model with some deep super/subtype hierarchies
  • even if your tool can import a PowerDesigner model, the chances are that the import doesn’t work perfectly

If your tool of choice is Idera ER/Studio Data Architect, you can use the built-in metadata import feature to import the PowerDesigner model, but I know that you won’t be happy with the result, so I’ve converted the model for you.

Watch this very short video to take a look at the model, or click here to download the model or just find out more about it.

Like what you see? Click here to download the model or just find out more about it.

Working smarter with #PowerDesigner – changing the property displayed in the centre of a Conceptual Relationship in PowerDesigner Web

One of my clients has been experimenting with their first Conceptual Data Model in PowerDesigner. They created the model using the PowerDesigner client software, and checked it in to the repository.

The PowerDesigner Web allows anyone with the right privileges to view your models using a web browser – here’s part of a Conceptual Data Model, shown in PowerDesigner Web:

You can see that I’ve selected one of the Relationships (called “Supplier >- provide -< Ingredient”) – the Relationship name is visible on the diagram, along with the two role names (“provide” and “be available from”).

My client was curious, because the same relationship, when displayed in the PowerDesigner client, did not show the Relationship name, only the role names. He wondered why that was so, and what he could do about it.

If you have the same question, or you are just as curious, please watch this video.

By the way, the diagrams shown here are based on those in Steve Hoberman’s latest book, The Rosedata Stone.

ER/Studio conversion service for the FIB-DM Model is nearly ready #FIBO

The free version of the Financial Industry Business Data Model has been downloaded many times – it’s managed using the SAP PowerDesigner modelling tool, and users of other data modelling tools need to import the PowerDesigner Logical Data Model that is supplied. There are two concerns here:

  • FIB-DM is a very big model with some deep super/subtype hierarchies
  • even if your tool can import a PowerDesigner model, the chances are that the import doesn’t work perfectly

If your tool of choice is Idera ER/Studio Data Architect, you can use the built-in metadata import feature to import the PowerDesigner model, but I know that you won’t be happy with the result, so I’m building a new service to help you make the transition a happy one! In addition I’ll be providing some useful features for ER/Studio, similar to those in The CDM LDM Productivity model extension.

The left-hand side of the following image is the model created when you import the FIB-DM PowerDesigner model into ER/Studio Data Architect; the right-hand side is the model after it has been improved. Use the slider to see the difference!

You can see a couple of key differences here.

  • the PowerDesigner package hierarchy is flattened by the ER/Studio import, and all the package names have been changed. This is a big deal in a model with over 260 packages.
  • the fonts and line styles in the diagram need to be changed to make the diagram more readable. This is also a big deal, as there are over 260 diagrams.

There’s much more below the surface that needs to be fixed, such as:

  • the attachment names in the Data Dictionary
  • incorrect conversion of data types

I suspect that I have an advantage over most organisations that need an ER/Studio version of the FIB-DM model – I also have access to PowerDesigner. I can make changes to the FIB-DM model before importing it, such as renaming the packages using a bespoke model extension, then use a macro in ER/Studio to rename the resulting submodels. I can export details of the Attributes from PowerDesigner, and use that information to correct the data types in ER/Studio.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this new conversion service, please go to the contact page and get in touch.

An informal introduction to PowerDesigner Web – 30th of September, 2020

I’m keeping the numbers low for this session, partly to keep it informal, and partly due to platform limitations. I’m pleased to say that it’s now fully booked. I’m sure I’ll repeat it sometime in the near future.

PowerDesigner Web has been around for some time now, exposing the content of the PowerDesigner repository to a wider audience and giving users the ability to create and edit some types of model. With the introduction of PowerDesigner 16.7, the types of model that can be created and edited has grown, and has started to get George interested.

In this session, George  will take you through the background to PD Web and show you some of the interesting features he’s found, focusing mainly on the things you can do in PD Web that you can’t do in the PowerDesigner client application:

  • Reverse-engineering JSON documents and Schemas
  • Productivity aids when editing Conceptual and Physical Data Models
  • Structured data types in the Conceptual Data Model
  • Exporting a diagram to PowerPoint as symbols that can be individually edited
  • A new diagram in the Requirements Model
  • and more

Watch this space for news of the ER/Studio conversion service for the FIB-DM Model #FIBO

The free version of the Financial Industry Business Data Model has been downloaded many times – it’s managed using the SAP PowerDesigner modelling tool, and users of other data modelling tools need to import the PowerDesigner Logical Data Model that is supplied. There are two concerns here:

  • it’ s a very big model with some deep super/subtype hierarchies
  • even if your tool can import a PowerDesigner model, the chances are that the import doesn’t work perfectly

If your tool of choice is Idera ER/Studio Data Architect, you may be able to use the built-in metadata import feature to import the PowerDesigner model, but I know (because I’ve tried it) that you won’t be happy with the result, so I’m building a new service to help you make the transition a happy one! In addition I’ll be providing some useful features for ER/Studio, similar to those in The CDM LDM Productivity model extension.