The luck of the Irish is with you this month! This exceptionally feature-rich issue is bound to contain articles that will speak to your current concerns. Are you intrigued by the possibilities of OLAP? Check out Nigel Pendse's article highlighting key findings from his independent OLAP Survey 3 on page 10. For some interesting opinions about data modeling, read Tom Haughey's article on page 56.

For those of you feeling as though your diverse BI environment could use some uniformity, see what Wayne Eckerson has to say on the topic of BI standardization (p. 49) before you make any moves in this direction. Kathy Auerbach of the Winter Corporation shares the Grand Prize winners of their TopTen program ­ recognizing the world's leading databases ­ on page 54. On page 38, Diaz Nesamoney makes a significant case for those of you considering business activity monitoring. Additionally, it's likely that the topic of information management has crossed your mind more than once in the past few months. If you're unhappy with your current strategy, or curious about other options, don't miss George Symon's article (p. 28).

We're also lucky here at DM Review this month. I am pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Wu, senior principal with Knightsbridge Solutions, to our roster of esteemed columnists. Jonathan will provide a column, Empowering the Information Enterprise, on a quarterly basis. We welcome Jonathan and look forward to sharing his insights with you.

On a separate note, as you know, each issue of DM Review contains an executive interview feature. Through these pieces, our goal is to provide you with interesting insights on software companies and executives. Do you have a particular question you'd like answered in these features? If so, send it to me at for consideration. Likewise, I'd love to hear from you if you have any input concerning our other features. Is there a particular topic we should cover in our feature articles? Let us know!

As always, thanks for reading DM Review!

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