When we think about historical figures, great leaders and others who have made an impact on the world we live in, we often witness a bold challenge to the status quo through words and actions. We hear of their ideas were built on the work of others and they pushed that envelope, or maybe they bravely took a new stance. Failure and success follow these people. Either way, stepping out against the norm is usually not a quick way to make friends, yet it is a necessary step in the due course of progress.

The decision to take a unique, perhaps initially suspicious, position is an evident theme in this issue.

Our prime example can be found in our profile of Suzanne Yoakum-Stover, whose passion for ultra-large scale data combined with her innate ability to intelligently convey her message to people in high places just might revolutionize the way we look at data.

John Ladley, president of IMCue Solutions, begins his interview with us by stating that data has no intrinsic value - a statement sure to raise eyebrows among a crowd believing data is a key asset within an organization. He goes on to say that many companies don't properly manage information as an asset; in fact, they treat it like a commodity. A lot of experience has led him to bold assertions on the value of data.

Also in this issue, we're pleased to announce the winners of our 2010 Innovative Solution Awards. These organizations recognized a need for change in order to resolve a business pain point, and they capitalized on the opportunity to seek out inspired uses of processes, technology and people to begin unique initiatives to address those needs. Information Management and SourceMedia congratulate all the winning organizations.

Are people who challenge the status quo in unique ways always contrarians or rabble-rousers whose circumstances determined their success? Not necessarily. Can they be considered visionaries? We don't know for sure yet, but in time we'll find out.

Enjoy the issue.

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