Foundation Layer Customization

The first step in customizing the physical model of Oracle Communications Data Model is customizing the foundation layer of the physical data model.

The foundation layer of the physical model mirrors the 3NF logical model of Oracle Communications Data Model, you might choose to customize the foundation layer to reflect differences between your logical model needs and the default logical model of Oracle Communications Data Model. Additionally, you might need to customize the physical objects in the foundation layer to improve performance (for example, you might choose to compress some foundation layer tables).

When making changes to the foundation layer, keep the following points in mind:

Common Change Scenarios

There are several common change scenarios when customizing the foundation layer of the physical data model:

  • Additions to Existing Structures

    If you identify business areas or processes that are not supported in the default foundation layer of the physical data model of Oracle Communications Data Model, add new tables and columns.

    Carefully study the default foundation layer of the physical data model of Oracle Communications Data Model (and the underlying logical data model) to avoid building redundant structures when making additions. If these additions add high value to your business value, communicate the additions back to the Oracle Communications Data Model Development Team for possible inclusion in future releases of Oracle Communications Data Model.

  • Deletions of Existing Structures

    If there are areas of the model that cannot be matched to any of the business requirements of your legacy systems, it is safer to keep these structures and not populate that part of the warehouse.

    Deleting a table in the foundation layer of the physical data model can destroy relationships needed in other parts of the model or by applications based on the it. Some tables may not be needed during the initial implementation, but you may want to use these structures at a later time. If this is a possibility, keeping the structures now saves re-work later. If tables are deleted, perform a thorough analysis to identify all relationships originating from that entity.

  • Changes to Existing Structures

    In some situations some structures in the foundation layer of the physical data model of the Oracle Communications Data Model may not exactly match the corresponding structures that you use.

    Before implementing changes, identify the impact that the changes would have on the database design of Oracle Communications Data Model. Also identify the impact on any applications based on the new design.

Note:

Approach any attempt to change the Oracle Communications Data Model with caution. The foundation layer of the physical model of the Oracle Communications Data Model has (at its core) a set of generic structures that allow it to be flexible and extensible. You may disable temporarily Foreign Keys and constraints if required but do not forget to set them back when the entities are back in use. Before making extensive additions, deletions, or changes, ensure that you understand the full range of capabilities of Oracle Communications Data Model and that you cannot handle your requirements using the default objects in the foundation layer.

Before making changes, review Appendix C, "Product Assumptions" in Oracle Communications Data Model Reference. For more information, see Oracle Communications Data Model Reference.