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Current Issue of DM Review Magazine


February 2006 issue of DM Review magazine


Information Currency
Attunity CEO Aki Ratner shares his vision of the future in operational business intelligence.


Master Data Management in Practice: The Problem of Identity
By Malcolm Chisholm
Master data represents the parties to the transactions that record the operations of an enterprise. When an organization attempts data integration or data sharing, a fundamental problem with master data is what identifies it. Chisholm examines the overall confusion caused by multiple identifiers such as surrogate keys and competing standards and makes a case for uniformity.
The Dawn of a New ERA: What's Next in Business Intelligence?
By Don Allen Price
The technology of business intelligence continues to evolve. Price describes three new BI concepts changing the pace of the enterprise: BI competency, dashboards with built-in predictive analytic capabilities and delivery of BI to the customer.
15 Years of Excellence
By Mary Jo Nott
In honor of the 15th anniversary of DM Review magazine, the editorial staff interviewed several thought leaders who share their knowledge and insight regarding the technology industry in general and DM Review specifically. Take a look at where we've been and where we're going.
Real-Time Data Warehousing Merges with Operational Reporting: How Will You Manage?
By Bjarne Berg
How will you manage to blend operational and analytical insights to realize the benefits of a comprehensive decision support system? Berg traces the history of timely transactional reporting, from XML to instant messaging to EAI. On the road to true real time, reliability protocols are being standardized and new tools brought to market to enable operational data warehousing.
Portal Excellence Awards
By Colin White
Winning entries from the November 2005 DCI Portals, Collaboration and Content Management Conference sponsored by DCI and DM Review are presented as best practice implementations. The categories include best partner portal, best employee portal, best content management system and best knowledge management system.

(online exclusive)
Coping with Compliance: Sarbanes-Oxley and the IT Infrastructure
By Robert Douglas
Sarbanes-Oxley created a lot of extra work for CFOs, finance and IT departments. However, when the correct approach is taken to comply, enterprises can experience long-term benefits without adding substantial overhead to manage compliance.


Intelligent Solutions
Don't Blink - You Might Lose Your Vendor, Part 1
By Lisa Loftis
(online exclusive)

Data Integration Adviser
Clear Communication - The Foundation for Successful Business Metadata Projects
By Rick Sherman

Building Business Intelligence
The Perfect Match - 7 Steps to a Master Data Match, Part 2
By William McKnight

Metadata Management & Enterprise Architecture
Managing Metadata for the Business, Part 1
By David Marco

Customer Data Integration
Master Data Management Milestones, Part 1
By Aaron Zornes

Customer Intelligence
Suddenly, It's 2006
By Larry Goldman

Information Strategy
Adding Value - Enterprise Information Maturity Model
By Jane Griffin

Maximize Business Performance
Getting BPM Wrong, Part 2
By Craig Schiff
(online exclusive)

Problem Solved
Old Data Warehouse, New Coat of Paint
By Bryan Rockoff

Corporate Governance
The Data Supply Chain
By William Laurent

Marketing Systems
Selecting Customer Value Dashboard Contents
By David M. Raab

Data Management Tipping Point
Data Management Connectors, Mavens and Salesmen
By Peter Aiken



Media Planning Group Plans on Success with Applix TM1 for Profitability Analytics
Applix, Inc. - TM1


BusinessObjects Dashboard Manager Provides Edward Hospital with Insight into Patient Accounts
Business Objects - BusinessObjects Dashboard Manager


BCBS Gets a Healthy Dose of Budgeting and Forecasting with Centage
Centage Corporation - Budget Maestro


ENECO Energie Uses Cognos to Drive Customer-Oriented Decision-Making
Cognos - Cognos Performance Management Solution


Stahls' Inc. Hits a Home Run with its Reporting and Budgeting Practices Using FRx Software
FRx Software, a part of Microsoft Business Solutions - Microsoft FRx and Microsoft Forecaster


Fifth Third Bank Supports Aggressive Growth with Hyperion
Hyperion - Hyperion Planning


Pioneer Insurance Deploys iDashboards to Maintain Growth and Profitability
iDashboards - iDashboards


CONTROL Helps L-3 Power Paragon Save Time and Money by Improving Forecasts
KCI Computing, Inc. - CONTROL


McMillin Bolsters Consolidation and Reporting Processes with OutlookSoft CPM
OutlookSoft Corporation - OutlookSoft Corporate Performance Management


Capella University Monitors Growth with ProClarity
ProClarity Corporation - ProClarity Analytics Platform

From the Editor

Dear Readers,

Change is a constant in our lives. It is an opportunity to develop resiliency and flexibility and to experience lots of growth. This February issue of DM Review celebrates the creation and evolution of the magazine since its inception in 1991.

As you'll see in the timeline feature on page 16, there have been many changes since DM Review originated as Data Base Management and solely covered database technologies. In 1993, we broadened our scope to include all technology solutions for the enterprise and changed the name of the magazine to Data Management Review (DM Review) to reflect that new focus. We recognized that data warehousing was going to be one of the important decision support technologies of the future and brought Bill Inmon on board in 1993 to write about information management solutions for the enterprise.

In 1998, we shifted gears a bit to concentrate on business intelligence. The rise of the Internet and e-business helped spur this decision. Improvements and changes continued with the creation of DMReview.com and dataWarehouse.com. We developed new industry honors to recognize innovative corporations with our World Class Solution Awards, leading vendors with our Readership Awards and leading executives with the DM Review 100.

The industry timeline on pages 14-15 gives a big picture of the changes the IT world has experienced. During our lifetimes, we have gone from green-bar reports to dashboards with automatic alerts (see Bjarne Berg's article on operational BI), computer decentralization to metadata repositories (see Malcolm Chisholm's article on master data management in practice) and stovepiped nonrelational systems to portals and collaboration (see Colin White's Portal Excellence feature). The "Dawn of a New Era" by Don Allen Price gives us a look at the future of BI.

The future of DM Review begins with this issue. We welcome William Laurent as our newest columnist. He will write a bimonthly column on corporate governance. Denis Pombriant, CRM online columnist, will changed his focus to look at the front office and address customer-facing application issues.

Web seminars have become a common way to transfer information, reaching people where they live and work. DM Review continues to be a leader in providing quality content. Mark your calendar for February 2. Stephen Few will discuss the "Pitfalls of Dashboard Design" and present some solutions. Other on-demand and archived Web seminars covering CDI, master data management, operational BI, data modeling, data integration and EII are available at www.dmreview.com/web/reg.cfm.

We are looking forward to the changes ahead. I welcome your ideas for articles and topics of discussion at maryjo.nott@sourcemedia.com

Mary Jo Nott
Editor in Chief

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