I would prefer to use the ER Data Architect. How are people using the ER DA for creating conceptual, logical and physical data models. At the moment, there are just the placeholders for the Logical and Physical Data model can be generated off the Logical. Is there a way to rename the Logical to Conceptual below?
The conceptual modeling is in the ER/Studio Business Architect tool so that high level conceptual models can be created by personas such as business analysts and business architects, staying in the same tool that they use to create business process models. The conceptual models in the Business architect tool also use the Barker notation, which can be easier for those users to work with. Anything created in a business architect conceptual model can be brought over to a data architect logical model for further elaboration. (Side note: information can also be updated back to the conceptual model if desired).
That said, it is perfectly fine to use the logical modeling capability in data architect to create conceptual models. Rather than have a separate top level sub-model called conceptual, it is often more practical to set up your top level submodels to represent functional business areas. ER/Studio has a much more flexible (and powerful) architecture that allows you to create a submodel hierarchy (nested submodels) as many levels deep as you would like to represent a true business decomposition. Therefore, you could create sub-models within your business areas to separate the conceptual and logical perspectives, showing a lower degree of detail in the conceptual perspective than the logical, by applying different submodel display options. For instance, in the conceptual perspective you may wish to show entities only or entities with definitions but show full attribution and other characteristics in the logical view. By having them linked in the same branch of the hierarchy, you can also set submodel options so that updates made in the lower level (such as adding entities, etc.) can be automatically propagated to the parent level.
ER/Studio Data Architect also includes a construct called Business Data Objects (BDO)which can be used to group entities (or tables in a physical model) that comprise a business object. The BDO can also be collapsed visually to hide underlying details, which offers a more summarized view that is more appropriate for some audiences. For example, you may have a business data object called "Sales Order" which contains entities like "Sales Order Header. Sales Order Detail".
Perfect! Thanks for the vote of confidence. Although i am beginning to appreciate the ER BA equally.