David wishes to thank Bill Lewis, a principal at EWSolutions, for his invaluable contribution to this month's column.

This month's column introduces the term iterative data for what is commonly labeled "structured data" and the term narrative data for what is commonly referred to as "unstructured data." The reasoning behind this terminological distinction is that whereas iterative data forms a record of iterative events, narrative data tells a story. New techniques and technologies for integrating narrative and iterative data are beginning to present significant opportunities for many types of enterprise applications.

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