Barnaby would like to thank Peter Graham of Palladium Group, Inc. for his contributions to this month's column.

The pressure on CIOs today has never been stronger. Demands from the CEO are requiring IT to take an enterprise view of its information assets and the tools it provides decision-makers. An organization's information platform, including data management and analytic tools, plays a vital role in enabling management processes necessary to execute strategy. Organizations that have recognized analytic capabilities as a core competency are allocating IT resources and initiatives to support analytics. They are also increasing their ability to provide consistent information to the organization for improved decision-making. These organizations are creating efficiency within information management through a scalable analytic architecture that supports the enterprises' needs and, thus, they are aligning the IT function with the strategy of the enterprise.

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