Dear Readers,

November is a good time to reflect on the status of your business intelligence and data warehousing efforts. Can your company access up-to-date information about trends, patterns and exceptions to help you make better decisions faster? Can your organization effectively track, understand and manage enterprise performance? Is your organization in compliance with the variety of regulations including Basel II, Sarbanes-Oxley and the USA Patriot Act? Or, do you need new business intelligence software? Give thanks as this issue of DM Review presents a cornucopia of business intelligence products on the market today. This Buyer's Guide issue (formerly called the Resource Guide), lists business intelligence products by category to greatly assist you in the software identification, comparison and selection process. If you are involved in any aspect of IT purchasing for your organization, you will not want to skip a page of this issue.

Be sure to turn to page 28 to learn the winners of our annual Readership Awards. The Readership Award recipients are determined by the results of our annual readership survey. These are the companies you have recognized for their excellence in products and services.

Also, this month's issue includes your favorite columnists as well as outstanding articles by Jack Jia, Jerry Kurtyka, David Hay and Kevin Grieve and Edgar Ortiz.

While we've armed you with the Buyer's Guide and informative editorial, you may also wish to include the opinions of your peers ­– those using business intelligence tools every day ­– in your IT purchase process. Fortunately, we will reveal your (our readers') ranking of the top 100 business intelligence software companies –­ as determined by measures of satisfaction and service –­ in next month's issue. Stay tuned!

As always, thanks for reading DM Review!

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