New Jersey's data warehouse initiative was launched in early 2000 with the goal of integrating and delivering accurate data from the many disparate state information systems to support decisions by staff and management across all state agencies. With hundreds of different legacy platforms and applications in use across departments, New Jersey's state agencies had been handicapped by an inability to easily or cost-effectively exchange or coordinate information across systems. This lack of coordination across state agencies translated into tangible and costly problems in terms of inefficiency, information quality and service.

Compounding these problems was New Jersey's growing use of e- business applications which provide a one-stop Internet resource for businesses. These online systems dramatically increased the volume of information filtering into the State's IT systems and added yet another layer of applications and databases onto the State's already complex environment.

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