Dear Readers,

Welcome to our exciting August issue - one we are sure you will enjoy. We are pleased to feature some of the brightest business intelligence pundits - Jonathan Wu, Lou Agosta, Wayne Eckerson, Claudia Imhoff, George Marinos, Steve Williams, Nancy Williams, Thomas Redman and Rajeev Rawat - as they detail current trends and relevant concepts that are affecting business intelligence, predictive analytics, data mining, data quality and compliance. After reading these compelling articles, you will be ready for the future challenges your organization may face.

In addition to our feature articles, several of our regular columnists have also covered trends. Colin White provides insight into business intelligence automation, Rick Sherman discusses the impact of business intelligence trends on data integration, Larry Goldman covers the next phase of data warehousing, David Loshin explains the potential of grid computing, Bill Inmon looks at unstructured data, Laura Reeves reviews where we've been in order to see where we're going, David Raab details how marketing systems will estimate future results and William McKnight relates that while business intelligence has been good, the future is going to be even better.

Our August issue is also historically our opportunity to showcase effective implementations, and this year is no exception. You will find eight Strategic Solutions in this issue, beginning on page 72.

We will soon be introducing the redesigned DM Review, and as part of that exciting redesign, we will be featuring Best Practices rather than Strategic Solutions. This is an opportunity for any of our readers to share your organization's best practices with everyone who reads our magazine. Please contact Julie Langenkamp, our managing editor (, to obtain the guidelines for submitting your best practice for publication.

It is now time for our annual Web site survey. Please be sure to participate, as it is only with your input that we can ensure our site meets and exceeds your needs. To enter the survey, please go to

One quick reminder - DM Review's World Class Solution Awards will be announced on September 28 at DCI's Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse Conference in Boston. Hope to see you there!

As always, thanks for reading DM Review.

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