Dear Readers,

One major theme resonated in DM Review editorial during 2007: the focus on ways for business and technology to work together better. Aligning vision and mission strategies, learning new communication tools and creating respect for different mind-sets are some best practices to ensure single-mindedness of purpose and successful operations.

At the SourceMedia CDI-MDM Summit, I had a chance to talk to consultants, vendors, business intelligence implementers and information management professionals. It is apparent that governance has risen to the forefront of strategy conversations because aligning IT with the business vision is a prerogative to achieve and maintain competitive edge. While true alignment may be a pipe dream that will never truly be achieved, great inroads are being made, and IT doesn’t really have a choice with business controlling the purse strings.

This brings me to another wave of hype and technology focus: convergence. A definition for convergence is the overlap between two theories or phenomena that have links to each other or affect each other. This is evident as the worlds of data, process and integration intersect at more points than ever. We are witnessing the convergence of corporate performance management and the world of customer data integration and master data management to deliver more actionable insight; the narrowing gap between business intelligence and customer relationship management; the necessity to access structured and unstructured data; and the combination of real-time and historical information on dashboards. The rise of operational BI shows that decision-makers want the ability to quickly respond to dynamic changes and optimize performance.

The December issue of DM Review covers a wide range of topics. “Connect the Dots” by Kevin Roach presents a real-life example of the benefits of converging IT and engineering departments. Malcolm Chisholm describes an enterprise architecture for operational business intelligence, and the executive interview with Jim Green of Composite presents a virtual approach to data integration.

You’ll also find articles that restate the case for a data warehouse (Lisa Loftis) and lay out the challenges to gaining buy-in for an enterprise data warehouse (Keith Boyer). New technologies such as data warehouse appliances have moved beyond early-adopter status. The product reviews this month will give you an idea of the breadth of companies using this technology.

As 2007 ends, the staff of DM Review wants to thank you for your continued support of our magazine, Web site and associated conferences. We wish you the best of all holiday seasons.

Mary Jo Nott
Editor in Chief

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