My latest presentation is now available on BrightTalk. The talk is about how organisations can use SAP PowerDesigner to help them ensure that their Business Transformation is effective. I cover the following topics:
– 6 simple questions businesses need to provide the answers to form a framework for enterprise architecture – How PowerDesigner supports Enterprise Knowledge and Enterprise Governance – How SAP PowerDesigner provides the essential impact analysis – Real-world examples of PowerDesigner use
SAP PowerDesigner allows users to build a blueprint of their current enterprise architecture and visualise the impact of change before it happens.
Discover the history and key capabilities of SAP PowerDesigner (it’s more than just a data modelling tool), and how it can make life easier for you in Data Governance and Database Development. This session will show you why you must not use Excel or Visio for data modelling, and find out just how easy it is to get started with PowerDesigner. Also discover the hidden power of PowerDesigner’s unique customisation capabilities, such as automating the creation of audit tables.
Wednesday June 10th, from 13:00 to 15:00 British Summer Time
If you want to improve your productivity even more (and who doesn’t want to do that?), a more comprehensive model extension will be available soon for the CDM and LDM. This will include the “Ultimate Parents” capabilities, plus features to help you with
diagram content and page layout, including
set page size and orientation
add all possible objects
add things linked to an entity
add all inheritance links for an inheritance
removing Packages cleanly
showing and hiding foreign key or inherited attributes
My friend Dirk Lerner is speaking at the IRM UK data management conference this week (it has a longer title, but I’ll avoid using it today) on topics that are close to my heart, so I thought I’d share some related connections. Dirk has three sessions this week –
Data, Data, Metadata – DNA of Data Architecture?
From Conceptual to Physical Data Vault Data Model
Send Bi-Temporal Data from Ground to Vault to the Stars
Why am I so interested in these sessions (especially the first two)? The answer is simple – he’s discussing the combination of metadata and automation to improve the efficiency and efficacy of data modelling. This is a message I’ve been banging on about for years to anyone who will listen – data models are not ‘just documentation’, they’re an essential part of application development.
There are tools out there to help you with automating the development of Data Warehouses, including Data Vaults. Some are commercial products which you can buy with services, others are part of a consultancy package (so you buy the service, and they use the tools to provide the service). All of the consultancy examples I know of have extended a data modelling tool to provide the automation (they all use SAP PowerDesigner).