Dear Readers,

Just as energy is the basis of life itself and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress.
- Theodore Levitt, respected author and Harvard Business Review editor.

The pace of change is accelerating. With the advent of Web 2.0, new ideas are popping up every day. New concepts - such as enterprise information management, noninvasive governance, the importance of linkages, orchestration not management - appear in trade and business publications as topics of discussion. OutlookSoft's Phil Wilmington, featured executive in this month's interview, believes that vendors are delivering innovation and recognizes that customers are seeking newer ways of doing things.

This issue of DM Review takes a look at innovative technologies that are gaining a foothold. The article on open source as a disruptive technology by Steve Miller and Dave Reinke focuses on a new idea; Randall Weis and Tom Johnston address an old issue with a new spin about ways to manage time in relational databases; David Besemer and Sandy Carter write about ways to use older technologies within the promise of service-oriented architectures.

DM Review agrees with Mr. Levitt that innovation is the vital spark to human change, improvement and progress. As a result, we decided to initiate the DM Review 2007 Innovative Solution Awards to find unique, ground-breaking implementations of technology that savvy organizations have adopted in their search for competitive edge. The Innovative Solution Awards will be presented to companies that have either done something never done before, introduced something new to their organization or industry or created a unique combination that no one previously thought to put together. Creative people find imaginative (and sometimes profitable) uses other than those originally intended. Just because a product is new doesn't make it innovative. It has to be relevant, sustainable and provide value. If you have implemented a solution that you think is innovative and superior, please download the guidelines from our Web site: We want to hear about your successes.

Other innovations at DM Review include seminars in a city near you. We are sponsoring a breakfast briefing on CDI-MDM on May 7, 22 and 23 in Denver, Chicago and Minneapolis and a day-long forum on information management on June 7, 14 and 21 in New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Visit our conferences page for registration:

We guarantee you'll learn something new.

Thanks for reading,

Mary Jo Nott
Editor in Chief

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