The artificial divide between IT and business provides a reasonably clear structure that is comforting to those in IT. It almost serves as a justification for the otherworldly culture that pervades IT, as if to say that because IT is distinct from the business it has to pay attention to its own technical priorities first. In the business there is increasing distress caused by the idea that a colony of aliens is not only lodged in their midst, but is a huge determining factor in what the enterprise can and cannot do.

There is no escape from the fact that data is a corporate resource. This is not a mantra, even though it is often repeated without understanding its implications. It is really true. The realization of this truth is pushing the huge current wave of data integration, be it between real-time operational systems or for business intelligence.

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