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Michael Blaha: A Database Reverse Engineering Case Study

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension - 1430 Maryland Ave East St Paul MN 55106


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Database reverse engineering is the science of analyzing existing database designs. One motivation is to salvage ideas and data from past systems for possible use by new systems. You can also understand legacy databases when documentation is lacking. Such insight is essential when building data warehouses and enterprise data models.


This talk will reverse engineer several example databases. Our intent is to give a flavor of database reverse engineering and demonstrate its utility.




Since 1994 Michael Blaha has been a consultant and trainer 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 publications are video courses from O'Reilly on "Learning Data Modeling" and "Agile Data Warehouse Design".  He received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis

and is an alumnus of GE Global Research in Schenectady,  New York.  He is a member of Chicago DAMA and writes a monthly blog on dataversity.net.






8:30 Registration & Networking
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:15 - 11:30  Presentation

11:30 - 11:45  Open Q&A



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