As we say goodbye to 2005, we look back on a year when corporate performance management and enterprise integration were main topics of discussion. The focus of the new year involves automating the the processes that feed the performance management systems and master data management strategies. In this business, it seems that old ideas are made new again with great regularity.

DM Review strives to provide ways that IT can provide tangible benefits to your organizations. Starting with the cover story this January issue, "Chart Your Course to Strategically Align Business and Technology," Patrick Durbin delivers strategies for the planning process to bridge the gap between business and IT.

Data management issues have become central to strategic planning. Craig Schiff comments in his BPM column that the requests of the business user must be met or the systems won't get the acceptance necessary to succeed.

Enterprise decision management is one of the new buzzwords for 2006. Authors Peter Arena, Stephen Rhody and Michael Stavrianos discuss microsimulation models, a concept that originated in the 1960s, as a solution for profitable decision-making.

Data quality has been top of mind for years; it has evolved from an abstract concept to a basic business driver. Columnist Jane Griffin discusses ways to make better use of IT resources to deliver quality data that can be turned into useful information, while Lisa Loftis expounds on the importance of data stewardship centers of excellence and Larry English praises IQ management as just good business.

As the old year ends, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our writers for contributing such valuable insight into the challenges of today's landscape. We sadly say goodbye to long-time columnists Mike Jennings, Sue Osterfelt and Lou Agosta. They have provided wonderful words of wisdom through the years, and we hope to include them as occasional authors. As the new year begins, we welcome Tom Haughey to the Ask the Expert panel on DMReview.com. For answers to any question imaginable, please visit www.dmreview.com/ask.

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to get published in DM Review, please send your vendor-neutral, 1,700-word article to me at maryjo.nott@sourcemedia.com for consideration.

Sincerely,
Mary Jo Nott
Editor in Chief


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