About the Authors


Len Silverston is the best-selling author of The Data Model Resource Book series (Volumes 1, 2, and 3) and a speaker and consultant with over 25 years of experience helping organizations integrate their information and systems. He is regarded as one of the most sought after experts in data modeling and data integration and is a pioneer in the industry by virtue of publishing and distributing best practice re-usable data models that have helped people and organizations develop high quality data models in very short amounts of time.

Mr. Silverston has published many articles and spoken extensively worldwide as an instructor and as a keynote and an invited speaker on topics such as re-usable data models, universal patterns, data integration, and power and politics in data management. He has published hundreds of holistic, re-usable data models in his books and articles. His book, The Data Model Resource Book, Volume 1, was rated #12 on the Computer Literacy Best Seller List and The Data Model Resource Book, Volume 2, which provides universal data models for various industries, has been translated into Chinese. His books and products have been adopted and used globally as a standard by a great number of large and small businesses and government enterprises and by universities as a course text.

Due to his significant, demonstrable contributions to advancing the data management field, he is the winner of the DAMA (The Data Management Association) International Professional Achievement Award for 2004 and the DAMA Community Award for 2006. Mr. Silverston's company, Universal Data Models, LLC, provides consulting, training, publications, and software regarding re-usable data models and data management strategies to help integrate information, systems, and people. Mr. Silverston received his B.S. from SUNY Binghamton and M.S. from Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute.

He can be reached at lsilverston@univdata.com.

Paul Agnew:

Paul Agnew, co-author of The Data Model Resource Book, Volume 3, is an author and consultant with over 17 years of experience in the data management field. He has worked in many industries as an expert in data architecture and data integration, including investment banking firms on Wall Street, telecommunications, insurance, and engineering. In the last 8 years Len Silverston and he have worked together helping many of the top fortune 500 companies around the world build and integrate information systems using Universal Patterns for Data Modeling, and Universal Data Models. Mr. Agnew has many years of practical experience working in the data integration and data management fields. He has worked as a database administrator and database developer. He was also a speaker at DAMA International (The Data Management Association), and DAMA Finland.

He is a partner in Universal Data Models, LLC (www.universaldatamodels.com), located in Denver, Colorado, and New York City, New York, providing consulting and training to help enterprises customize and implement Universal Data Models and Universal Patterns for Data Modeling. The company offers many tools to deliver high quality information systems in a short span of time.

Mr. Agnew was born in Ireland, but has lived in New York City with his partner, Neena, for the last 14 years. He graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street.

He can be reached at pagnew@univdata.com or pauljagnew@yahoo.com.

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