Dear Readers, DM Review strives to bring you the latest information regarding trends in business intelligence (BI) and information management, and this issue is no exception. One key trend that is prominent within these pages is the fact that business is taking a more active role in managing data. In many cases, this is a departure from conventional data management thinking. In our cover storyJohn Morris and Tony Sceales explain that data migration - traditionally an IT function - is a business issue and must be driven by the business rather than IT. Similarly, Peter Graham’s column states, “Data quality is a business issue, and business managers should drive improvement.” Jane Griffin echoes this thought as she explains, “Business needs drive IT; thus, IT cannot drive the management of enterprise data.”

This trend reveals that more organizations are viewing their data as a critical, corporate asset than ever before. Because of this new perspective, the business side of the organization is held accountable for the management of that data asset. Despite this recognition, managing the dynamic and communication between business and IT continues to be a challenge for many organizations.

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