Governance. Accountability. Credibility. Integrity. Trusted information is a hot topic: Business people today are under increasing pressure to make the right decisions, fast - or else face increasingly dramatic consequences. Unfortunately, they often lack confidence in the information provided to them by their corporate information systems. To remedy this, IT organizations need to implement a trusted information framework that combines a unified approach to data integration and business intelligence (BI).

A number of trends focused on corporate data continue to distract today's IT departments. Shareholders are clamoring for more transparency as a result of the financial scandals that have shaken confidence in corporate governance around the world. Compliance legislation such as the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act (whose impact is reaching far beyond the U.S.) can result in jail sentences for executives who - even unintentionally - report erroneous information. New privacy laws around the world restrict the use of customer information. Increasing global competition has put pressure on organizations to use their expensive information assets more strategically.

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