Dear Readers,

This issue features the top 100 companies in business intelligence and data warehousing as selected by our readers. You can read the methodology for the Data Warehouse 100 selection process and this year's e- business question on page 38. I'm sure you will find the responses helpful as you formulate your own e-business direction.

Based on Geoffrey Moore's adoption curve, the data warehousing/business intelligence market has definitely moved from the early adopters and innovators to the early majority. There are several indicators of this market shift, but the one I like the best is that major vendors are now seeking entry into the market to reap the rewards since the major risks have been incurred by the early pioneers. The top two companies in this year's Data Warehouse 100 are SAS and IBM. These two market pioneers both provide solid, technologically innovative products and are responsible, to a great degree, for evangelizing the benefits of data warehousing to the early adopters. The major players that have entered the market within the past two years are Microsoft, Computer Associates and SAP, all of which definitely market to the early majority.

Not surprisingly, the top 10 in the 1999 Data Warehouse 100 were all in the top 20 for 1998. As evidenced by its number 3 position (up from the twelfth spot last year), Microsoft continues its aggressive penetration into this market. Oracle took the number 4 position, while Cognos moved up to number 5. Others in the top 10 include Computer Associates International (#6), MicroStrategy (#7), Business Objects (#8), Informatica (#9) and Seagate Software (#10). The four biggest advances in this year's top 20 are companies that improved their positions partly as a result of major acquisitions. Computer Associates acquired Platinum Technologies, Ardent Software acquired Prism Solutions, SPSS acquired Integral Solutions and Informix acquired Red Brick.

I would like to personally thank all of our readers who participated in this year's survey and congratulate all of the companies in the 1999 Data Warehouse 100. And, as another year draws to a close, I'd like to thank you for reading DM Review and wish you a healthy and prosperous Y2K!

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