It's all about strategy, isn't it? If it isn't, it should be. Without an overarching strategy that defines corporate objectives as well as the methods to be implemented to reach those goals, many organizations founder - never achieving the full potential envisioned by senior management or the board of directors.
As organizations realize the value of the information assets that have been carefully collected, managed and stored, today's IT departments play an integral role in corporate strategy achievement. Consequently, every CIO needs a well-defined strategy to guide IT's involvement in a multitude of projects tied to strategic corporate goals.
This issue features three articles that will assist in developing a responsive and effective IT department. "Building a Better Mousetrap: The Business-Time Information Architecture" by Jane Griffin of BearingPoint, explains how a business-time information architecture foundation enables organizations to solve their information and analysis problems. Brenda Moncla of ThinkFast Consulting, concludes her three-part series (See Parts 1 and 2 in DM Review's December 2003 and February 2004 issues, respectively) with an explanation of the importance of a consistent and integrated data architecture. Addressing data quality issues from a strategic perspective to effectively leverage Web services is covered by George Marinos of PricewaterhouseCoopers in "Enticing But Dangerous: Assessing Web Services from a Data Quality Perspective."
On DM Review's strategic front, I am pleased to introduce Brian Cronin, pictured above, as publisher of DM Review. Brian comes to us from Line56, where he was publisher of Portals Magazine. Prior to Portals Magazine, Brian worked in senior publishing roles at Ziff Davis, CMP and the New York Times. We are excited to have someone of his caliber to lead us as we continue fulfilling our core mission of serving you with authoritative content covering all aspects of business intelligence, analytic applications and business performance management. Please join me in welcoming Brian to DM Review!
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