Welcome to SQL University’s Fall 2011 Semester week of Data Modeling. I’m thrilled to be a part of this great endeavor again, and a giant thank you to the man behind the project, Jorge Segarra (Blog|Twitter). I hope you enjoyed Julie Smith’s (Blog|Twitter) SSIS Deployment posts last week, and are looking forward to Stacia Misner’s (Blog|Twitter) upcoming week of MDX. I can’t even tell you how cool it is to be scheduled between these two amazing women.
So… Data Modeling! Well, not quite yet. I want to take a step back and talk Conceptual Modeling. Let me explain why. Every good IT person I know is a born problem-solver. It’s one of the reasons we love what we do. We are presented with a problem and get our thrills from finding a solution. But here’s the thing… We’re so enthusiastic about finding a solution that we occasionally jump right past understanding the problem at hand and just start doing stuff. In our world, the results of solutions to undefined problems can vary from the happy accident of an appropriate fix to a snowballing A Simple Plan-esque disaster.