The current database that your company is using keeps track of all of  the customers and suppliers as well as products offered for sale, but  the current environment has all of this data spread out

The current database that your company is using keeps track of all of  the customers and suppliers as well as products offered for sale, but  the current environment has all of this data spread out across multiple  different databases and it is difficult to see a complete picture of the  environment. You have been tasked to consolidate the environment into a  single database environment with the end goal of adding a data  warehouse for the company.

Your manager is excited with the project description, is anxious to  have a new database built for the company, and more excited that at the  end of the project he will also have a data warehouse to help make  strategic decisions. To start, your manager would like to understand the  benefits of following a formal design methodology, especially with  respect to database design. Describe how and why the company can benefit  from spending time planning at the beginning of the project, instead of  just jumping in and developing the applications to meet the perceived  needs. To ensure that you give the best response, you choose to describe  the 3-level ANSI-SPARC architecture and want to make sure you discuss  how the use of this will promote data independence to save time in the  long run.

You also want to take this opportunity to answer any potential  questions about personnel needs with this new database environment.  Describe the roles of a data administrator (DA) and a database  administrator (DBA); describe the job functions of each and how the  tasks they each perform differ. Would you recommend that your company  has one person to perform both tasks, or should it hire two people?

Your paper should contain the following information:

  • Describe the 3-level architecture.
  • Describe data independence.
  • Talk about the differences between a DA and a DBA.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of having a separate DA and DBA or the need for 1 person doing it all. 

You also should take this opportunity to create the template for your  entire project, and create a Word document that you will add to for  each remaining assignment. The document should follow this format:

  • Advanced Database Systems Project document shell
  • Use MS Word
  • Title Page  
    • Course number and name
    • Project name
    • Student name
    • Date 
  • Table of Contents  
    • Use autogenerated TOC
    • Separate page
    • Maximum of 3 levels deep
    • Update fields of TOC so it is up-to-date before submitting project 
  • Section  headings (create each heading on a new page with TBD as the content,  except for the sections listed under “New content” in each week’s  assignment)  
    • Project Outline
    • The Database Models, Languages, and Architecture
    • Database System Development Life Cycle
    • Database Management Systems
    • Advanced SQL
    • Web and Data Warehousing and Mining in the Business World 

Each week, you will add to this document and submit it for grading. As a preview, each section will contain the following:

  • The Database Models, Languages, and Architecture (Week 1: IP)  
    • A description of the 3-level ANSI architecture model
    • A description of data independence
    • The difference in responsibility between:  
      • Data administrator
      • Database administrator 
  • Database System Development Life Cycle (Week 2: IP)  
    • A completed enhanced entity-relationship diagram
    • A description about the relationship setup and multiplicity 
  • Database Management Systems (Week 3: IP)  
    • The normalization of a given logical data model to Boyce-Codd Normal Form
    • A logical data model for the Enhanced ERD from IP2 
  • Advanced SQL (Week 4: IP)  
    • A physical data model for your Enhanced ERD in a DBMS of your choice, including:  
      • The DDL to create the tables
      • The DDL to create the primary and foreign keys
      • DML to manage data for the tables
      • 3 SELECT statements (one will be a JOIN) 
  • Web and Data Warehousing and Mining in the Business World (Week 5: IP)  
    • The design and DDL to create a star schema for a data warehouse for the database previously designed
    • A description of the ETL process 

Add the discussion about the 3-layer ANSI architecture, data  independence, and the different administrators to the section titled  “The Database Models, Languages, and Architecture.”

Name the document CS352_<First and Last Name>_IP1.doc.

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