Editor’s Note: We are pleased to introduce Jonathan Wu, cofounder of BASE Consulting Group (now Knightsbridge Solutions), to our exclusive list of online columnists. Wu has 12 years of business advisory and systems consulting experience and has contributed to the development of the Data Warehousing Certificate Program at the University of California, Berkeley Extension. Each month he will share his experiences with BI technology in order to offer solutions to the challenges facing the business intelligence industry.

We are living in a period where the abundance and quality of information has never been so readily available. Information on business, local and world news can be easily obtained via the Internet, publications, television and radio. How did we get here? The information age we are enjoying is fostered by the rapid development of technology that has transpired during the last 25 years. The following significant developments are events that have contributed to our current wealth of information:

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