Massimo Caliman
by Massimo Caliman
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I want to tell you about these two books I recently purchased on Amazon. There were few hard copies available at the time of purchase and the shipping time was not very fast, but it was worth it. There is however a digital version for those who prefer it. The cost may seem high compared to other texts on management architectures but it is worth every penny paid. I will probably also buy Volume 3 and review it soon.

“The Data Model Resource Book: A Library of Universal Data Models for All Enterprises” by Len Silverstone is a highly regarded work in the field of data modelling. His revised edition, published by Wiley, offers a simple and inexpensive way to design databases for key business functions. Industry experts have praised the book for its set of standardised data models for specific functions shared by most companies, such as human resources management, accounting and project management. These models are easily replicated by developers seeking to make corporate database development more efficient and cost-effective.

Volume 1 presents templates for general problems such as orders and invoices. Below is the complete list for Volume 1

  1. Party model - People and Organization
  2. Products
  3. Ordering Products
  4. Shipments
  5. Work Effort
  6. Invoicing
  7. Accounting and Budgeting
  8. Human Resources
  9. Data Warehouse

The second volume, titled “The Data Model Resource Book, Volume 2: A Library of Universal Data Models by Industry Types”, goes into detail about models for insurance, financial, professional services and manufacturing companies. Below is the complete list for Volume 2

  1. Manufactoring
  2. Telecommunications
  3. Health Care
  4. Insurance
  5. Financial Services
  6. Personal Services
  7. Travel
  8. E-Commerce Models

The book is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to build proven databases for key business functions.