Even though there are many signs that the economy is improving, many of you are undoubtedly being asked to do more work with fewer resources in order to improve the bottom line. In the BI industry, that may manifest itself in executive-level requests to IT to deliver all the information each user constituency requires - and deliver it now! And, by the way, make sure it's user-friendly! And, be prepared because we'll probably need you to connect to our suppliers soon. And, we're going make an acquisition within the next 180 days, so be sure we'll be able to integrate their data quickly...
Fortunately, there are technologies available that can make requests of this type somewhat less painful. Thus, it's incumbent on you to avail yourself of the best resources for continuing education. One good source, of course, is DM Review magazine, and this issue is no exception. Be sure to read "Designing for High Availability" by Bob Zimmerman, Noel Yuhana, Randy Heffner and Jean-Pierre Garbani of Forrester Research in this month's High Availability supplement.
The many trade shows, conferences, regional seminars and Web seminars that serve our industry are also great resources for your continuing education. Recently, I had the good fortune to attend Driving Toward Compliance: An Executive Briefing and Roundtable sponsored by Unisys, EMC, Information Builders and Intel; the TDWI World Conference in Las Vegas; and the DCI Enterprise Analytics, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Conference & Exposition in Chicago. Take advantage of events such as these to learn about emerging technologies, enhancements to existing technologies and to attend educational sessions. Do some personal spring cleaning - sweep out the cobwebs and open your mind to new ideas.
Several exciting events are scheduled for this month and next. A few examples include: AFCOM Data Center World Conference & Expo in Las Vegas (April 5-8); BrainStorm's Enterprise Content Management Conference Series in Chicago (April 13-14); Wilshire Meta-Data Conference & DAMA International in Los Angeles (May 2-6); DCI's Enterprise Architectures Conference in Chicago (May 5-6); The Data Warehousing Institute World Conference in Boston (May 9-14); and GigaWorld IT Forum 2004 in Orlando (May 17-20). You can find a complete listing of these upcoming industry events on DMReview.com.
Think spring - and as the robins' eggs hatch, hatch new plans for your organization!
Jean Schauer, Editor in Chief
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