As the business environment has become increasingly competitive, the need to use corporate data as a strategic resource has intensified. However, most organizations in today's technology-based businesses are data rich and information poor. Much of the essential information needed to anticipate changing market conditions and customer preferences, forecast future demand for products and services, and develop profitable business plans is locked in various transactional systems, spreadsheets and Web log files. Without the ability to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time, companies cannot stay competitive in today's fast changing economy.

According to Bill Inmon, "The framework provided by the corporate information factory is a blueprint for enterprise information. If you are looking to manage data across the enterprise then you will be drawn to the corporate information factory because there is no other framework. And the corporate information factory has proven its worth in the companies where it has been implemented."1

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