Database Design and
Project Management Experience
Donald K. Burleson
As an Adjunct Professor of
Information Systems, Don Burleson has taught numerous
graduate-level Systems Analysis and Design courses for several
major universities. Don is thoroughly familiar with all of the
major database and systems design methodologies including Codd
& Date, Gane & Sarson and IBM JAD. Don also familiar with
object-oriented design, specifically the methods of Booch and
Rumbaugh. As a designer and project leader, Don has been
successful in implementing numerous major information systems and
has a proven track record for designing reliable and robust
Note: The following list
includes several efforts that required non-disclosure agreements.
Hence, the names of the clients and the details have been
withheld. This list does not include many dozens of small
database design projects.
Oracle Designer/DBA -
Point-of-Sale Data warehouse
system collected point-of-sale information from dozens of major
retail chains and loaded the sales information into a data
warehouse for analysis. I was responsible for the design and
creation of the data enrichment and loading of the information
into the data warehouse. I created an external metadata
repository that captured external demographic, including data
from the 1990 US census and Nielsen Data Research. I was also
beneficial in creation demand forecasting algorithms for the
sales of products, categorized by all dimensions and categories
of products. This system was developed on an IBM S70 (Blackbird),
running AIX 4.3 with Oracle 8.0.4. I also assisted with the
initial configuration on an EMC disk array and developed an I/O
monitoring database for detecting and resolving I/O bottlenecks.
Oracle Designer - Sales &
Marketing Data Warehouse
facilitated the creation of data aggregation and summarization
mechanisms for an Oracle database that captured the sales of
manufactured products to retail warehouses. I created a framework
for aggregation of data and assisted in the creation and tuning
of SQL that would summarize sales of products along numerous
categories. This was developed on an IBM RS600 running AIX 4.1
with Oracle 7.3.2.
Database Designer Oracle
Metadata Collection System
- (1997-1998) This system
required the collection of information from Oracle databases and
loaded the data into an online repository for later analysis by
the DBA staff. As designer, I created the layout and wrote the
routines that populated the metadata repository.
Project Manager/designer -
Legal Sales Data Warehouse
project involved the analysis, design and implementation of a
data warehouse that collected information about the purchases on
an online legal product. I was the project leader for this
effort, and I was solely responsible for the analysis of the
database, the extraction, verification, and loading of the data,
creation of the data warehouse, the creation of aggregate and
summary information, and the creation of the end-user interface.
This system was originally created on an IBM 3090 mainframe using
the IDMS, database, and was ported to the DB2 database when
relational databases became available. The aggregate and summary
data was also ported to PCs and designed and implemented a
CD-ROM version of the data warehouse using the FoxPro database.
Design DBA - Product Sales
(1998) - This system involved the
physical design and implementation of a worldwide data warehouse
to track shipments of manufactured goods from the warehouses to
the stores. I was responsible for the creation of the operational
data warehouse and the creation of data population, cleansing and
loading mechanisms. I was also responsible for the data
aggregation and summarization techniques. This database was in a
Sun Solaris environment, using Oracle 7.1.6 database technology.
Consulting Analyst -
Genealogical Data Warehouse
(1998) - This project
involved the creation of database maintenance mechanisms for an
Internet-based data warehouse that employed bots and spiders to
collect genealogical information from the Internet, and load this
data into an Oracle data warehouse. I was responsible for
advising on the mechanisms for improving response times from this
database, and creating reorganization and cleansing mechanisms.
This system was running on IBM RS6000 servers, using AIX with
Consulting Design Architect -
HMO Data Warehouse
(1996) This project involved
advising on the creation of the logical data model for an HMO
tracking system to track information on patients, medical
procedures, physicians assigned to procedures, cost associated
with procedures and an analysis of capitation requirements. I
developed a complete logical data model for this data warehouse.
Project Manager & Designer
- "Latest Case" Decision Support System
(1989-1993) This system collected new case law from the
state and Supreme Courts and loaded a database that allowed
attorneys to get the latest status of their case law. I was the
project leader on this system, and I was solely responsible for
the successful design and implementation of this critical system.
This system is still being used today by a major legal publisher.
Project Manager - Strategic
Market Forecasting Executive Information System
(1988-1992) This EIS was designed to collect sales
information for legal publications and cross-reference the
publication with the scope of the jurisdiction of the legal
publication. Information was collected from internal and external
sources, and a EIS framework was developed to allow senior
management to identify un-serviced market niches and develop
legal publications to serve the market. I was the project manager
for this effort, and I directed programmers, DBAs and end-users
to successfully implement a EIS that was used by the worlds
largest legal publisher to develop their strategic plan.
Database Designer Legal
Citator Database (1986-1987)
implemented a logical enhancement to a legal citator database
that allowed it to manage recursive data relationships between
legal cases. The design was so successful that it is still being
used in 2000.
Database Designer &
Programmer - Academic scheduling Decision Support System
(1983-1984) This system was created at a major university
to manage the assignment of professors to courses, and courses to
classrooms. I was responsible for the analysis, design and
implementation of this system. This system applied heuristics to
the scheduling, allowing for pre-defined decision rules (i.e.
senior professors get their rooms closest to their offices), and
provided a simple framework for academic scheduling. The DSS was
initially developed on an IBM 3090 mainframe using VSAM files,
and was later ported to an IBM PC network.