September is my favorite month - for its new beginnings, I always eagerly anticipated the start of the school year when all things seem possible. And you could stock up on cool school supplies. I still troll the stationery aisles of the store checking out the new notebooks, pens and post-it note colors. September finds high school football in full swing and college teams engaged in conference play on glorious Saturday afternoons. Hope springs eternal that this is the year my team will be a winner. My baseball team is still in the pennant race and that never happens this late in the year.
The DM Review staff has been hard at work to bring you a revamped DMReview.com Web site, and September is auspiciously the month of the launch. Please visit soon and check out our new look and feel. We will still offer the same great editorial content we have always provided, but it comes in a redesigned wrapper with some new features. We have RSS feeds and links to content on other SourceMedia Business Technology Group titles as well as the wider Internet as a convenient resource to pertinent information. We offer product comparisons in conjunction with the Technology Evaluation Center and provide a glossary of high-tech terms that has been a work in progress for more than 10 years. This is just the beginning. We will offer educational opportunities in the way of classes and short, topical podcasts and many more opportunities for interaction.
As in the past, all access is free, but we will ask for site registration and single sign-on going forward. We have consolidated our subscriber/visitor information into one database, so it should be much easier to manage our communication. Please take a few minutes to browse through the site. I would appreciate all comments, so we can refine the site until it offers the best visitor experience.
Speaking of new beginnings, welcome Malcolm Chisholm as a new columnist. He has a wealth of experience with master data issues and will share his insight in his MetaThoughts column. R Todd Stephens has a new column focus: Data Management 2.0. He will share his personal expertise in the areas of collaboration and communication in the workplace and discuss the social networking ramifications that may be applicable in your organization.
As Bill Baker says in his column this month, "Software doesn't make people more insightful, but let's them run with a hunch." So too, DM Review and DMReview.com can't make better decisions for you, but they can provide the information you need across the board to make better decisions.
Here's to a successful Web site launch! Thanks for supporting DM Review in print and online.
Mary Jo Nott
Editor in Chief
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