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Sun Modeling and SunBeam

Shannon Bloye takes us through a new analytics systems modeling technique:

 Sun Modelling was a technique initially developed and taught by Mark Whitehorn as a professor of analytics at the University of Dundee. Which is where our own Terry McCann encountered the approach whilst studying for his MSc. He does a great talk on the topic in this video.

A core aim of the method is to offer a simplicity that makes it accessible to end users as well as the usual technical professionals. The approach is a high-level visual means to model data around a business process.

This feels a bit like a Kimball model but where you’re explicitly diagramming hierarchies and common slicers.