As one year slides into the next, we realize that life is continually filled with growth and change. Those who don't recognize that truism have a life-long fight on their hands. Those that do are probably older if Pearl S. Buck, noted author, was right when she said, "You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea."
Our articles this month touch on some intriguing ideas to consider. Examining where we've been in IT and business intelligence (BI) from a new perspective may help you find some innovative solutions to traditional business pains.
Neil Raden wants to topple the BI pyramid that operates without a model and produces ineffective practices. He stirs us to new ways of looking at the theory behind BI. Guy Creese explains how we have arrived at the tipping point for content management and traces the idea of information scarcity to information overload. Reuben Danzing and Walter Callender take a look at the information fallacy perpetrated that users always know what information they need for competitive advantage. They suggest ways organizations can offer the right information for quality decision-making. Danette McGilvray finishes up her two-part series on data governance, focusing on how to assign roles and responsibilities throughout your organization for successfully managing information as a resource.
We have two other great features in the Extended Edition. In 2007, you'll be hearing a lot about search, the topic of Jeff Boehm's article. Steven Feuerstein brings a new perspective to the age-old conundrum of code testing. Watch your emailbox for the URL to download this PDF version around January 5.
The more things change, the more the basics are important. Our columnists touch on the importance of information quality (English, Geiger); developing a business case and strategic plan (Griffin, Veth); and data warehouse design (McKnight, Hoberman, Sherman).
At DM Review we believe that there is power in change and welcome new columnists to print and online. Joyce Norris-Montanari, Tony Politrano, Lyndsay Wise, Barnaby Donlon, Michael Gonzales and IAIDQ members will be joining our editorial ranks over the next few months.
We recently conducted a DMReview.com survey with Litchfield Research. Fifty-nine percent of the respondents asked for technology provider evaluations. In an effort to embrace good suggestions, we now offer BI software tool evaluations through TEC (Technology Evaluation Centers). Visit DMReview.com and check it out.
Here's to an enlightening new year,
Mary Jo Nott
Editor in Chief
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