Dear Readers,

Happy Holidays! During this season, you may find yourself rushing from store to store, Web site to Web site, frantically searching for gifts for loved ones and those with whom you have meaningful relationships. Your search may be driven by convenience, location, quality, price, selection or any combination of these or other factors. Your search may also find you wishing for a comprehensive gift-buying guide including a ranking of relevant vendors ­– such a guide would be invaluable.

This issue of DM Review gives you the gift of a comprehensive guide including a ranking of technology vendors serving the business intelligence community. Beginning with an introduction on page 77, DM Review proudly presents the DM Review 100! The companies receiving the prestigious DM Review 100 award are the top 100 companies identified by the readers of DM Review. In a product usage and company rating survey conducted via the Web by the Gantry Group, LLC, DM Review readers were asked to rank the vendors providing products used in their organizations in several categories including: servers; storage; data quality; data integration (ETL, replication, Web services); databases and data stores; BI (OLAP, query and reporting, data mining and data visualization); collaboration, portals, unstructured data, content management and knowledge management; data administration, design, management and performance; and analytic applications, business performance management and Web analytics. Respondents were also asked to provide an overall satisfaction rating for each vendor selected based on expertise, service and support.

Those with the top 100 scores are honored and featured in this issue. Beginning with the number one company, IBM, on page 78, each of the winning companies was asked to define the value that their products provide, using a customer implementation as an example. I sincerely congratulate all of the companies in this elite group.

Also included in this issue is a Corporate Performance Management Supplement featuring articles by Brenda Moncla and Marianne Gregory of ThinkFast Consulting, Inc. and Jason Balogh of BearingPoint, two additional outstanding articles by Pushpak Sarkar and Rakesh Agrawal and the collective wisdom of our regular columnists ­– enjoy!

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