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From the Editors

  • Mary Jo Nott, Jim Ericson
  • April 01 2007, 1:00am EDT

Dear Readers,

For more than 17 years, the editors at DM Review have prided themselves on delivering timely, relevant information to professionals in our data-centric community. Thanks to the shared insights and the steady input of our readership, we are assured that our mission remains important and worthwhile.

As is true in other vexing pursuits, we are still addressing issues we confronted in the early 1990s: fundamental topics such as data structure and quality are still bright on our radar. It's more encouraging to find that leveraging data is considered a linchpin of success today; that so many organizations are taking their first practical steps in data management, boosting their budgets, addressing new challenges or revisiting data warehousing after a failure or hiatus.

At the same time, information specialists of all types are burdened more than ever by demand versus their ability to scale and provision actionable data to more and more stakeholders. Today, the drivers of business intelligence (BI) solutions are related to operational performance and timely data delivery. It only stands to reason that going forward, BI will address more types of data, more topical areas and more cultural issues as they relate to discrete business processes.

This presents an opportunity and a challenge to us at DM Review. We have come to believe there can be no worthwhile overview of data, BI or performance management except in the context of business processes and the integration of systems, applications and people operating them. Many are calling this broader approach "information management," giving new meaning to an old term. To us, it's simply keeping our head in the game and addressing the pain points most relevant to the direction organizations are heading. Thus, you'll find this issue of DM Review leans more on areas of business process than has traditionally been the case. Our May issue will take a broader look at some areas specific to integration.

It's not so much a departure as it is an evolution. Under the leadership of Editor in Chief Mary Jo Nott, DM Review and will continue to serve up your favorite columnists, features and reviews. We depend on our readership surveys to guide us, but we'd also like your personal input. Please send your comments and suggestions directly to us at the addresses below. Thank you for being a loyal reader of our magazine.

Jim Ericson, editorial director:

Mary Jo Nott, editor in chief:

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