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Beyond the Data Warehouse: Beyond Rows and Columns, Part 4 ? Collaboration

  Article published in DM Direct Newsletter
March 7, 2003 Issue
  By John Ladley

While being interviewed for another publication, I found myself reviewing data warehouse success examples with the other writer. This writer was sharp but new to the information management realm. (As opposed to me, who has done this information stuff for a long time and whose writing skills are constantly in question.) We both concluded that regardless of technology, the most interesting common trait among these examples was that the data warehouse moved these businesses away from old processes and models. The companies did things differently.

This affirmation ties in nicely to this month?s column. Previous columns touched on the content aspect of extended business intelligence. We covered managing the information and using unstructured data. Other columns in the past few months have addressed structured information subjects. This column will review using the content vs. the content itself. Cross-functional collaboration and newly minted business processes are the norm to sustain and grow a contemporary BI environment. Really successful shops end up doing revised or new processes. Click here to read complete article.

John Ladley is President of KI Solutions (formerly Knowledge InterSpace and short for Knowledge and Information Solutions,) a management consulting firm specializing in knowledge and information asset management and strategic business intelligence planning and delivery. He can be reached at

John Ladley presented his keynote address for the Online Conference and Expo. You can hear his keynote at

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