I love Dan Linstedt’s 2016 blog on models, business purpose, and data as an asset. I unreservedly back his call for people who can get their hands on an enterprise-level “ontology” to focus on it while building a Data Vault solution. His warning if you don’t? “… the full value of the raw Data Vault cannot be realised.”
Unfortunately, this might be where you struggle. You may ask, “What on earth is an ‘ontology’, because I won’t know if I’ve got one if I don’t know what I’m looking for?” Or you might find one but conclude it’s not helpful – I’ve had clients mandate that their enterprise model is so bad it must not be used to drive their Data Vault initiative. Or maybe you can’t find one at all (good or bad), but business pressures mean you can’t spend months or years building your own ontology. And even if you are lucky enough to get your hands on a suitable ontology, what do you do with it? Lots of questions!
This session lays the foundations for Data Vault model success. Participant interaction will allow the “before your eyes” embryonic construction of an enterprise ontology, using a proven approach. It may surprise you how quickly a “sufficient” model can be assembled from scratch (or an existing ontology refactored to reflect best practices). The approach engages essential business people alongside the technical people in the journey. And it can be fun!!
• Demystification of the term “enterprise ontology”
• Why and when to build a top-down enterprise view
• The approach to fast-&-good building of your own enterprise ontology (or refactoring the one you wish you hadn’t inherited!)
• Pointers to some jump-start resources