As we begin the second month 2005, you may be reflecting on your progress toward your self-directed goals for the year. Perhaps one of your resolutions for the New Year was to enhance your knowledge and expertise in business intelligence, not only for your personal edification but to benefit your company. This issue features abundant fuel to quench your thirst for such knowledge.

Steve Craggs of the Integration Consortium looks at the history, challenges and promises of business process management; Nigel Pendse reports on the results of his annual OLAP survey of almost three thousand respondents in 48 countries in total, of which almost one thousand provided detailed information about their experiences in buying and using dozens of OLAP tools; and Bill Laurent explains how data stewardship can assist organizations to effectively gauge and manage risk, avoid redundant work loads, increase customer satisfaction and provide better business intelligence and decision-making support.

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