Dear Readers,

Will data overload or a lack of information resources bring a slowdown in the current economy? It is becoming more and more apparent that the shortage of talent in the area of data administration is becoming the limiting factor in how fast we can process and respond to our customers, partners and employees. Many companies are being forced to increase the benefits provided to these key employees as they are being lured away by the riches of dot-coms and the plethora of software companies providing solutions for the new economy. The rebirth of e-services ­ which look a lot like timesharing of the past ­ is one area that is addressing this concern. Another is application development conducted over the Internet on a global basis by many international corporations.

There is another answer to this problem of information overload which is being addressed by our newest columnist, David Axson of AnswerThink Consulting Group, who will be providing CEO Perspectives each month. His first column, The Real Value of Data (page 32 of this issue), discusses the benefits that accrue from integrating management reporting systems with transactional and operational systems. Don't make your next corporate decision without reading David's column.

Don't forget that our annual readership survey is now being conducted. In addition to answering general questions about our publication and the state of your business intelligence implementations, you'll also have the opportunity to let us know which products and vendors are doing the best job of meeting your needs. To thank you for participating, Market Perspectives will send you a Tech Topic from Bill Inmon and a summary of the survey results so you can see how you compare to others in the industry. And you may be the lucky respondent who wins the drawing for $500.

I would like to make you aware of one of the special features of our Web site. DMReview.com's Career Center caters to both job seekers and employers in all fields related to business intelligence, e- business and data warehousing. Job seekers can post resumes, search our database of current positions, research prospective employers and even read informative job-related articles.

As always, thanks for reading DM Review.

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