Visual Data Modeling
Data Modeling Then: The Wild West vs. the Ivory Tower
Business teams use desktop tools like spreadsheets to extract data and conduct independent analyses. This causes problems for data experts, including data silos, conflicting insights, inaccurate analyses, security risks, and noncompliance.
Data experts try to centralize analyses and lock down data models using proprietary languages or SQL. Non-coding business teams can’t explore data or do what-if analysis without asking data teams to change the model, so they extract the data instead.
Data Modeling Now: The Sigma Approach
Sigma enables companies to strike a balance between the Wild West and Ivory Tower approaches by focusing on the four following areas: