Dear Readers:

Pop culture often touts the ability to "stay in the moment" as a tool to be more centered and more focused on the task at hand, which can create a better attitude toward life. A Google search revealed pages of meditation techniques, holistic healing methods and new age sites to help one attain the capacity to savor the present.

The business world is also placing greater emphasis on the present. Historically, organizations have scrutinized the past to make decisions - which resulted in the growth of data warehouses, data mining technology and business intelligence tools. Today, predictive modeling and automated business rules give a glimpse of the future that, used with historical data, gives the past some relevance.

In the technology world, the current emphasis on the present is exhibited in the growth of gathering information in real time. The November issue of DM Review takes a look at BI 2.0 (Charles Nicholls), real-time analytics (Mollie Cameron and Andrew Brunette) and complex event processing (Eric Colson) as tools that help an organization actualize up-to-the-minute transactions, apply some historical data and use forecasting tools to create profitable decision-making.

Not every situation demands real-time attention. Different products and services may be required for the demands of the various time frames required. The annual buyer's guide will help you find vendors who offer a wide variety of tools, software and technologies to fit your needs and your schedule.

Striving to keep you abreast of current trends, strategies and solutions, DM Review features writers who have a wealth of knowledge and an enjoyable style to share. New additions to the online columnist roster include Robert Farris of Hitachi Consulting who writes about BI solutions, John Lee of Navigant Consulting who shares project management skills and Mark Madsen of Third Nature who touches on all things IT. R. Todd Stephens, one of our most popular online columnists, has moved to the pages of the magazine. His inaugural print column is on page 30.

Thanks to those of you who completed our data warehousing and BI survey conducted with IDC. Results will be available next month. We'll have some insight on where you've been, where you are now and where you're headed.

If there is something you'd like to see included in the pages of DM Review, please let me know at maryjo.nott@sourcemedia.com. Enjoy the issue.

Mary Jo Nott
Editor in Chief


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