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Adventures in Reverse Engineering - Alec Sharp

  • September 14, 2010
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Best Western Executive Inn - 200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle


  • Includes keynote presentation, dinner and materials. Current DAMA-PS membership required.
  • Includes keynote presentation, dinner and materials. Discounts available for DAMA-PS members.
  • Includes keynote presentation and materials.

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Adventures in Reverse Engineering -
What You've Got and Why You Don't Like It

In the business process improvement field, a standard practice is to build “as-is” process models. We depict how things actually work – not how people think  they work – and then laugh, cry, and otherwise analyze the situation. This practice illuminates what works well, what doesn’t, and builds support for change. Although it isn’t done as often, the practice of building “as-is” data models by reverse-engineering physical data structures can be an invaluable tool for the data management professional. When used, it has been a great attention-getter, leading to reactions of shock, dismay, sometimes delight, and almost always new insight into the situation. 

This presentation will illustrate successful techniques by reviewing several real-life examples. Topics include:
  • When do you need to resort to reverse-engineering?
  • Walking backwards – essential techniques for going from physical to logical to conceptual
  • Examples from both legacy systems and purchased applications
  • What’s actually in there? – what data profiling can reveal
  • Techniques to make the findings relevant to an audience of business professionals

Alec Sharp has managed his own consulting and education business, Clariteq Systems Consulting Ltd., for 25 years. Serving clients from Ireland to Illinois to India, Alec’s expertise includes facilitation, strategy development, application requirements specification, data management, and of course, business process improvement. His popular workshops and conference presentations on these topics, conducted globally, unfailingly receive “excellent” ratings. Alec is the principal author of “Workflow Modeling” (Artech House, 2001) which is widely used as a university text and is consistently a best-selling book in the field.

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