Dear Readers,

Once a data warehouse has been implemented and end users realize the wealth of information available and accessible for decision support, the number of users typically increases dramatically. Is your organization prepared to provide all end users with the tools they need to perform their jobs? In this issue, you'll find a series of articles written by Bill Inmon, Claudia Imhoff, Susan Osterfelt, Jonathan Geiger and Lowell Fryman. These articles describe the business intelligence communities and the tools they use. This issue also includes a poster on the same topic. Be sure to read Susan Osterfelt's column on page 48 for an explanation of the poster.

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in our recent readership study. We will be announcing the results in the near future. Market Perspectives, the research firm that conducted the survey for DM Review, has announced the $500 American Express gift certificate winner. Congratulations to Craig Megathlin, IS Consultant/Analyst at LL Bean, Inc., the lucky winner.

Faulkner & Gray and DM Review are excited to present the International Data Warehouse Summit to be held October 4-7, 1999, in Orlando. This comprehensive three-day conference and exhibition is designed to help you leverage your business intelligence and data warehousing investment. Keynote speakers and session leaders include Bill Inmon, Claudia Imhoff, Kevin Strange, John Zachman and Susan Osterfelt.

Senior-level business management and IT professionals seeking to develop effective business intelligence strategies that will increase return on investment should not miss this conference. Attendees will be able to customize their conference experience by choosing sessions from nine track offerings facilitated by Intelligent Solutions, Inc. Those new to the industry will learn about the Corporate Information Factory and why this framework is so widely respected for enterprise decision support. Experienced attendees will receive valuable advice for maximizing their business intelligence efforts and incorporating new technologies. The International Data Warehouse Summit's exhibition provides an opportunity for attendees to speak with product developers and view demonstrations of the leading data warehousing products and services.

For additional information regarding the conference, go to www.dmreview.com/conference.htm. Space is limited, and only the first 300 who sign up will be able to attend. Register today!

As always, thanks for reading DM Review!

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