The unbearable brittleness of data models
This higher level of data modeling is critical to retaining flexibility in systems, removing the "brittleness" that so often causes problems in reality. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend a paper on business modeling produced by Bruce Ottmann, one of the world's leading data modelers and whose work has found its away into a number of ISO standards. Although Bruce works for Kalido, this whitepaper is not specific to Kalido but rather discusses the implications of a more generic approach to data models.
I very much hope that the so-called "generic modeling" approach that Bruce recommends will find its way into more software technologies. Examples where it does are Kalido and Lazy Software, and, although in idea rather than product form, in the ISO standard 10303-11, which covers a modeling language called Express that can be used to represent generic data models. It came about through work originated at Shell and then extended to a broader community of data modelers, including various academics, and was particularly aimed at addressing the problem of exchanging product models; it is known as STEP. However the generic modeling ideas developed with this have much broader application than product data. Given the very real advantages that generic modeling offers, it is to be hoped that more software vendors pick up on these notions, which make a real difference to the flexibility of data models, and hence improve the chances of projects, such as CDI projects, actually working in practice.