Dear Readers,

Change is a constant in our lives. It is an opportunity to develop resiliency and flexibility and to experience lots of growth. This February issue of DM Review celebrates the creation and evolution of the magazine since its inception in 1991.

As you'll see in the timeline feature on page 16, there have been many changes since DM Review originated as Data Base Management and solely covered database technologies. In 1993, we broadened our scope to include all technology solutions for the enterprise and changed the name of the magazine to Data Management Review (DM Review) to reflect that new focus. We recognized that data warehousing was going to be one of the important decision support technologies of the future and brought Bill Inmon on board in 1993 to write about information management solutions for the enterprise.

In 1998, we shifted gears a bit to concentrate on business intelligence. The rise of the Internet and e-business helped spur this decision. Improvements and changes continued with the creation of and We developed new industry honors to recognize innovative corporations with our World Class Solution Awards, leading vendors with our Readership Awards and leading executives with the DM Review 100.

The industry timeline on pages 14-15 gives a big picture of the changes the IT world has experienced. During our lifetimes, we have gone from green-bar reports to dashboards with automatic alerts (see Bjarne Berg's article on operational BI), computer decentralization to metadata repositories (see Malcolm Chisholm's article on master data management in practice) and stovepiped nonrelational systems to portals and collaboration (see Colin White's Portal Excellence feature). The "Dawn of a New Era" by Don Allen Price gives us a look at the future of BI.

The future of DM Review begins with this issue. We welcome William Laurent as our newest columnist. He will write a bimonthly column on corporate governance. Denis Pombriant, CRM online columnist, will changed his focus to look at the front office and address customer-facing application issues.

Web seminars have become a common way to transfer information, reaching people where they live and work. DM Review continues to be a leader in providing quality content. Mark your calendar for February 2. Stephen Few will discuss the "Pitfalls of Dashboard Design" and present some solutions. Other on-demand and archived Web seminars covering CDI, master data management, operational BI, data modeling, data integration and EII are available at

We are looking forward to the changes ahead. I welcome your ideas for articles and topics of discussion at

Mary Jo Nott
Editor in Chief

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