Well, here we are, another year gone, and we're already more than a half-decade into the new century. In the interest of reminiscence, I thought it might be fun to play Monday-morning quarterback on the past five years in IT. During this time, new technologies have flooded the marketplace, each promoting its ability to solve corporate data problems, but these technologies haven't always fulfilled their promises. There's also been an increased awareness of the need for better data governance. To make things even more interesting, the nature of information itself is changing - necessitating a change in technology management strategy on the whole.

Several years ago, enterprise application integration (EAI) and enterprise information integration (EII) technologies took the IT market by storm. Their supporters (myself included) touted their benefits and predicted that they would help companies address a host of data integration issues. We weren't wrong about EAI and EII, but we weren't entirely right either.

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