Developing a Successful Conceptual Model{3}

by Antonio M
This article talks about how databases are a backbone to any information system. Since that is the
case it is very important that the conceptual modeling of a database is done correctly. The author
also says how much effort when dealing with the the conceptual design will be spent in communicating
to the stakeholders. However it can be difficult since not all stakeholders have any knowledge in
database design. Therefore it is very important to gather good and relevant information from the
end user as well as making an understandable presentation of the information that has been collected
so they can understand the database design.Typical end users do not understand visual graphics such as
UML, it is best to do “Verbalization” which pretty much means explaining the notation on graphical
presentation to the end users. The author suggests that 3 representation types can help the
stakeholders understand the conceptual design of a database. The first being the graphical representation
such as ERD diagrams, the second being verbalization and the next being a glossary type of section
,which would consist of detailed descriptions of the concepts. The author concludes his article
by re-emphasizing how the conceptual model is very important when talking with the stakeholders. All
stakeholders have different skills and expertise which is why different techniques should be used
for communicating to them.

I really liked how this article gave some tips on how to go about the conceptual model of a database.
As a student studying CIS I can see why it is important to try to make sure stakeholders understand
the concept of a database design. Usually when graphing diagrams and talking about the design
many technical terms can be used and to someone like the stakeholder they may not know what these
terms can mean because it is not their on there level of expertise. Which is why in this article
the author makes another section for “Visualization” and a glossary section.

I think this applies to what we are learning in class because when we are designing such a database
in the real world we have to make sure that the stakeholders know what they are getting in there
database. It is also important that we make the conceptual part as easy and understandable to the
end users. It is pretty clear how one of the ways a database project can fail is by not communicating
the essential type of requirements that are important but have not been implementation into a database
because of miss communication. The conceptual model is clearly one of many steps in setting the
foundation to a successfully development of a database.

Kop, C.; , “Towards a Combination of Three Representation Techniques for Conceptual Data Modeling,” Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications, 2009. DBKDA ’09. First International Conference on , vol., no., pp.95-100, 1-6 March 2009
doi: 10.1109/DBKDA.2009.12