Dear Readers,

During the last six years, we have watched as business intelligence and data warehousing implementations have progressed from the innovators to early adopters and now to early majority, all stages of Geoffrey Moore's Technology Adoption Life Cycle outlined in his book, Crossing the Chasm. Although cognizant of the strategic advantage gained through business intelligence and data warehousing, many companies have been forced to delay their business intelligence/data warehousing efforts because Y2K remediation has consumed tremendous resources ­ both financial and human. Once that major obstacle to funding further growth in this area has passed, this market will explode.

There is not much time left to register for the International Data Warehouse Summit which DM Review is sponsoring in conjunction with Intelligent Solutions. This conference, to be held in Orlando from October 4-6, will feature the acknowledged leaders in the field, and keynote addresses will feature Bill Inmon, Claudia Imhoff, John Zachman, Susan Osterfelt, John Ladley and Kevin Strange. The conference will be comprised of nine tracks, and participants can follow one of the tracks in entirety or custom tailor a program across all nine tracts to address a wide variety of key issues facing their organizations. The tracks include design and implementation, integration and transformation approaches, managing the data warehouse, meta data issues, warehouse operations and administration, customer relationship management, contemporary business intelligence, tools and operational data stores. The conference is limited to 300 attendees. Register on the Web at http://www.faulknergray.com/confe r/ids/ or by e-mail at order@faulknergray.com.

On November 15, 1999, DM Review will be sponsoring a live Webcast to announce the top 10 vendors in data warehousing and business intelligence. The Webcast will take place at 2 p.m. EST. A complete alphabetical listing of the top 100 data warehouse vendors can be found on our Web site at http://www.dmreview.com/awards/top 100/. The members of the Data Warehouse 100 were selected by our readers, based on the results of a product usage and vendor rating survey conducted over the Web by Market Perspectives, Inc. We would like to thank all of you who participated in the survey and look forward to your participation next year.

As always, thanks for reading DM Review.

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