The Lost Art of Data Modelling

Coming from a long tradition of data modelling, I have always worried that we have lost sight of some of the fundamental concepts that are essential to understanding and manipulating data. This short article takes an interesting perspective and captures many of my concerns quite well.

Data Modeling seems to have become a lost art amongst data engineers. What was once the primal part of the job of a data engineer seems to have been relegated to a secondary rank. Shaping the data by developing an understanding of the underlying data and the business process going along with it doesn’t seem nearly as important these days as the ability to move data around. In a large number of organizations, the role of a data engineer has been transformed from a data shaper to a data mover.