DM Review welcomes Rich Cohen as an online columnist. Each month he will address different focal points of BI strategies. He will draw upon more than 27 years of experience in the design, development, implementation and support of IT in his columns. Watch for them the second Friday of each month.

If your company is like many others today, it's been cobbled together from a series of consolidations, reorganizations, buyouts, takeovers and mergers. Even if you haven't been hit by one of these corporate events, your information technology (IT) architecture has probably leveraged an assortment of homegrown legacy systems and packaged products that are ostensibly integrated - but often aren't. While mergers and growth may create synergies that didn't exist before, they can also create bottlenecks when trying to integrate information from various IT systems. The result? Data chaos.

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