Dear Readers,

I recently heard a definition of an “aha moment” as the intersection of insight and understanding. In other words, answers might reveal themselves when creatively thinking about only peripherally related data. Other times, intense research and multiple inquiries lead us to the “eureka moment.”

The revelations of aha moments and the achievements that accompany them means these events will always have a role in decision-making. But this is not to say we can overlook the importance of informed decisions based on integrated information for long-term sustainability. More often, hard data provides the relevance that reveals the best answers.

Some analysts have described business intelligence as the process of making better decisions. These decisions apply to everything from customer-facing rules to strategic and long-term forecasting. Many techniques and technologies have been offered in these pages, but the desired result is the same: to arrive at a conclusion based on insight and understanding.

DM Review cultivates and provides the best resources to help you create and improve your decision-making environment and process, and this issue is no exception. Ralph Kimball continues his thoughts on the integrated enterprise architecture. His in-depth look at the roles of the dimension manager and the fact provider help set a specific design for implementing the EDW.

Providing information throughout the organization - as well as beyond the organizational walls to partners, suppliers and even customers - is of vital importance to create the integrated decision-making environment. It is also critical to consider security. Controlling the flow of information is the topic of our cover story this month. Beginning on page 18, Mike Jerbic discusses the imperative of information-centric security and proposes methods for improving security architecture.

In every decision-making process, there is room for innovation, creativity and aha moments of profound insight - even if we try to plan each of our decisions. DM Review’s Innovative Solution Awards recognize solutions that provide insight and quantifiable business value through innovation. To submit your solution for consideration, please contact me at julie.langenkamp@sourcemedia.com for additional details. The deadline for submissions is May 14th. I look forward to hearing from you.

In the meantime, enjoy the issue!

Julie Langenkamp
Editor in Chief

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