Author’s Note: This column has been devoted to covering real-time data warehousing for the last several months. This month we turn our attention to the emerging role of enterprise information portals (EIPs) in managing what we will call the information supply chain. An EIP will become an essential component of both traditional and real-time data warehouse environments.

The real-time topic will return in early 2000. I plan to cover practical applications of real-time data warehousing via case studies and customer stories. If any of you are working on solutions of this type, please contact me by e-mail at Please do so only if you can get permission from your business or institution to be profiled in this column.

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