Shari would like to thank Stephen Gallagher for contributing to this month's column. Oscar Wilde once said, "It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information." His observation in the 19th century has a new kind of resonance in modern corporate life. Besieged by the wizardry of the electronic age, collecting structured and unstructured data and morphing it in into useful information is one of the greater challenges faced by senior executives today. Things are about to get a lot more complicated as a result of the accelerating acceptance of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

RFID is no longer a solution in search of a problem; but for some executives, it could be a solution that is actually creating a problem. The amount of data created as a result of the adoption of RFID will scare every CIO who has sanctioned the rollout of the technology across their enterprise - even those at the pilot stage are about to get a wake-up call.

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