LDM Webinar: UML for Data Modeling – When Does it Make Sense?

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About the Webinar

When most data architects think of data modeling, they think of Entity-Relationship modeling. But other notations exist for data modeling, and the UML has for many years been used by application developers and enterprise architects to describe data-centric systems. Is the divide simply a cultural one, then, with the ER and UML “camps” choosing sides? Or are there key technological difference to choose one notation over the other? Join our panel of experts to discuss the following topics:

  • ER vs. UML:  When to Use Each
  • UML for the Business Audience – Pros and Cons
  • UML for Database Design – Pros and Cons
  • UML in the Industry: Where It’s Been and where It’s Headed
  • Real World Use Cases for Data Modeling with UML

About the Speaker

Donna Burbank

Managing Director, Global Data Strategy, Ltd

Donna BurbankDonna Burbank, is a recognized industry expert in information management with over 20 years of experience in data management, metadata management, and enterprise architecture. She currently is Managing Director of Global Data Strategy, an international data management consulting company. Her background is multi-faceted across consulting, product development, product management, brand strategy, marketing, and business leadership. Prior to this role, Donna was the Global Practice Director for Information Management at an international consulting company, EAC Group, providing consulting and thought leadership for key clients worldwide. She has served in key brand strategy and product management roles at CA Technologies and Embarcadero Technologies for several of the leading data management products in the market. As an active contributor to the data management community, she is a long time DAMA International member and is the President of the DAMA Rocky Mountain chapter. She was also on the review committee for the Object Management Group’s Information Management Metamodel (IMM) and a member of the OMG’s Finalization Taskforce for the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN). She has worked with dozens of Fortune 500 companies worldwide in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa and speaks regularly at industry conferences.

She has co-authored two books:  Data Modeling for the Business and Data Modeling Made Simple with CA ERwin Data Modeler r8.

Reach out to Donna Burbank at and you can follower her on Twitter @donnaburbank.

About the Guest Speakers

Michael Blaha

Consultant, Modelsoft Consulting Corp

Blaha_highRes_pict.jpgMichael Blaha is a consultant and trainer who specializes in conceiving, architecting, modeling, designing and tuning databases. He has worked with dozens of organizations around the world. Blaha has authored seven U.S. patents, seven books, many articles, and two video courses. His most recent publication is the Agile Data Warehouse Design video course from Infinite Skills. He received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, and is an alumnus of GE Global Research in Schenectady, New York. You can find more information with his LinkedIn profile or at

Norman Daoust

Principal Consultant, Daoust Associates

NormanDaoust-photo-informal.jpgNorman Daoust helps organizations produce better project results by utilizing data modeling and UML modeling among other techniques. His consulting clients of Daoust Associates include startups, healthcare providers, healthcare software vendors, large national government organizations, and a large international software company. His book on UML modeling is UML Requirements Modeling for Business Analysts. He was a major contributor to the healthcare industry standard data model, the Health Level Seven Reference Information Model (HL7 RIM). Norman is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences including the Data Modeling Zone. He has served on the board of directors of the New England Chapter of the Data Management Association (DAMA) for more than ten years. For some reason Norman thrives on modeling and integration projects and tasks that most other people avoid!

This webinar is brought to you in partnership with:

Global Data Strategy

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