Society is sitting at the threshold of the most significant paradigm shift in the history of humankind. We've talked about the Information Age for years--but without a full realization of its significance or understanding of the fundamental principles of the information paradigm. A vision based only on information technology without addressing the cultural and management changes required will be flawed. Most organizations are not leveraging the full potential of their information technology, and some are squandering it to automate industrial-age paper trails. In the realized Information Age, effective organizations will fully exploit the value of their information and knowledge resources to both transform work and to "informate" their knowledge workers to entirely new levels of productivity. This productivity is facilitated by information and knowledge bases effectively designed and leveraged. To enter the realized Information Age, the enterprise must:

Who will be the visionary "knowledge-preneurs" who will lead their enterprise out of the data legacy quagmire of unintelligent, undesigned, uncontrolled, unquality and underutilized and into the enlightened age of "informated" knowledge workers through leveraged information and knowledge bases and transformed work? Will the leaders be data management or application development? Or will the leadership come from business visionaries? Or will the leaders come from your competition? Become part of the knowledge revolution. Check out your local DAMA chapter.

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