Dear Readers,

If you’re anything like me, you may hear someone say, “I’m interested in your opinion” and think, “Yeah, sure you are.”

Well, I often solicit feedback from the DM Review audience, and I sincerely care about your responses. After all, the primary purpose of my job is to help you in your daily work as information professionals. I can do this best by directly addressing your requests.

Comments I’ve received recently indicate that thought-leadership articles are appreciated, and how-to articles would be highly beneficial. This issue is full of tips and techniques to guide you through various information management projects. In our cover story, Tony Politano offers seven tips for deciding to build or buy business intelligence (BI) applications. Lakshmi Govind Stockham and Ganesh Vednere offer best practices in taxonomy development in their article. Additionally, Mike Cochrane - our newest columnist in DM Review - and Craig Schiff remind us to do a full requirements analysis when selecting vendors and suggest pointers for special consideration. These suggestions should help you in your journey to make the ideas suggested within these pages a reality in your organization.

Now, I once again ask for your feedback. In the near future we will be inviting your participation in our readership survey. This study provides a more accurate picture of our audience to help us better meet your needs. Additionally, as we develop our calendar of editorial coverage for 2009, I would appreciate any suggestions for topics you’d like to see covered within these pages, in our newsletters and on Please email me at

Enjoy the issue.

Julie Langenkamp
Editor in chief

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