Using Universal Data Models To Jumpstart Your Data Modeling and Data Warehousing Efforts

A hands-on workshop providing
data models customized for your organization

Presented by Len Silverston, Universal Data Models, LLC
Author of the bestseller, The Data Model Resource Book 


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This course is delivered by Len Silverston, best-selling author of The Data Model Resource Book series and the founder of Universal Data Models, LLC (, a firm dedicated to saving time and increasing the quality and flexibility of database design and data warehouse efforts through the use of “template” or universal data models. Mr. Silverston is a pioneer in the field of data modeling, as evidenced by his development of the concept of reusable data models and data warehouse designs and their implementation in organizations across a wide variety of industries.



Clients often ask: “Are there any standard ways to model our common data structures? Surely we are not the first company to model standard constructs, like company and address information!”

Experience has shown that more than 60% of a data model (corporate or logical) or data warehouse design consists of common constructs that are applicable to most enterprises. This means that most data modeling or data warehouse design efforts spend as much as 60% of their time and budget creating constructs that have been built many, many times before! Doesn’t it make sense, then, to have a source for these common constructs? Get a head start on your data model or data warehouse design and stop “reinventing the wheel” each time you develop a new system!


Course Description

This interactive seminar walks you through the process of using common or “Universal Data Models” for data modeling and data warehousing. You will leave not only with the concepts behind these models, but also with actual models customized for your organization. We will examine many data modeling and data warehouse design pitfalls and learn how to avoid them. These models, hints, and techniques could save your organization millions of dollars in inevitable redevelopment costs!

This dramatically different seminar teaches data modeling by example. Other seminars focus on the techniques and methodologies behind data modeling; we believe a better approach is to learn by doing—you will build on the examples presented, to develop your own data models that you can use immediately to jump start your own efforts.

This interactive tutorial will provide participants with a powerful toolkit of “Universal Data Models” and data warehouse designs that can be the starting point for quality and integrated data architectures, databases and data warehouses.


This seminar will provide:

  •  A broad range of common, re-usable,  “Universal Data Models” allowing you to jump start and quality assure your efforts, This will include constructs for modeling people, organizations, relationships, contacts, products (goods and/or services), orders, shipments, work efforts, accounting, budgeting, web visits, as well as common data warehouse and data mart designs.
  •   Common pitfalls in data modeling and data warehouse designs and “War stories” illustrating consequences of incorrect modeling
  •   How to translate these universal data model constructs into effective databases and data warehouses

The data models provided in this seminar are robust and have been successfully implemented in a great variety of organizations.


Who Should Attend

Data modelers, data warehouse designers, data analysts, data administrators, database designers, database administrators, database consultants and any other information systems professionals who need to be involved in data warehouse designs, data models, database designs, and data integration issues.



This course is provided in various formats and can be from 2-5 days in length. The following pages show possible agendas for each of these formats. The course content can also be customized to our client's needs.



Praise for UDM Seminars

“Len's ability to equate examples to participants in specific industries was awesome. His delivery of material was riveting. I acquired a considerable amount of new information in addition to reaffirming approaches currently taken in my organization. “

W. Beach, British Columbia Ministry of Health

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