In my March column, I discussed some problems that companies face in using their existing analytical capabilities to meet rigorous compliance requirements and solve increasingly complex data management issues. I also talked about how many companies are addressing data quality problems and eliminating redundant reporting, as well as finding ways to cut costs by undertaking projects to optimize their current foundational enterprise information environments.

As I pointed out in that column, the needs that most companies' information systems were designed to meet have changed significantly over the past five years. Unfortunately, the information systems simply haven't kept up with the changes, which has created a plethora of enterprise information problems. There are as many different problems with information systems as there are companies who have them. However, typical problems I've seen at many companies include:

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