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December 2004 issue of DM Review magazine


2004 DM Review 100 Award Winners
By Jean Schauer
DM Review proudly announces this year's DM Review 100.
The Next-Generation Data Tier: A Repository for Integration Assets
By Stephanos Bacon
Because they create a layer of abstraction, EII solutions promise to help companies create their enterprise data tier without having to invent everything from the ground up. If the idea of an enterprise data tier sounds attractive, make sure you know whether the solution you choose gives you a flexible and scalable toolkit or just another hammer for your project silo.
Sarbanes-Oxley is an IT Responsibility and Business Opportunity
By Randy Brasche
IT organizations can use the requirements associated with compliance legislation as a springboard to improve some major IT headaches, thus streamlining operations, reliability and security.
Change Management – An Underestimated Key to Success?
By Gabriel Fuchs
Many IT projects fail not because the solution is not functioning, but simply because the business community does not use it as predicted. The missing link to correct usage and therefore expected ROI is often a lack of change management.
Data Warehousing Infrastructure: Linux Clusters for the Enterprise
By Shankar Radhakrishnan
Today, many information technology and business managers are focusing on total cost of ownership rather than solely on ROI when it comes to defining what makes a data warehouse project successful. Linux clusters are emerging as the de facto choice for providing enterprise-level scalability, performance and availability for data warehousing solutions at a low cost.


Dollars & Sense
Project in the Soup?
By Susan Osterfelt
(online exclusive)

Information Management
The Noise is Terrific
By Bill Inmon

Maximize Business Performance
Real-World BPM: Implementation at Novamex
By Craig Schiff
(online exclusive)

Data Management: An Executive Briefing
Dispatch from the Front Lines
By George Marinos

Building the Smart Business
In-Line Real-Time BI
By Colin White
(online exclusive)

Customer Intelligence
Driving Toward Action
By Larry Goldman

Intelligent Solutions
What's an Architecture, Anyway?
By Claudia Imhoff

Building Business Intelligence
Successful BI Requires the Right Focus
By William McKnight

DAMA (Data Management Association)
Connect, Participate, Win
By Beverly Ostrowiecki

Marketing Systems
Lessons from the USA PATRIOT Act
By David M. Raab

The Enterprise
Using Enterprise Architecture for IT and Business Governance Requirements, Part 2
By Clive Finkelstein
(online exclusive)

Knowledge Integrity
Naming Conventions and Semantic Consistency
By David Loshin

Enterprise Architecture View
Performance Impacts on the Data Warehouse Environment
By Michael Jennings
(online exclusive)

AFCOM: Data Center Management
Hiring the IT Professional
By Jill Eckhaus
(online exclusive)

Meta Data & Knowledge Management
Data Assurance Road Map, Part 1
By David Marco

Information Strategy
Fundamentals of Analysis
By Jane Griffin

The Power of Metrics
KPIs: Not All Metrics are Created Equal
By Kent Bauer

The Data Strategy Advisor
The Information Quality Tools Glass Appears Half Empty
By Lou Agosta
(online exclusive)

Data Integration Advisor
Data Integration Depends on Vigilant Data Modeling
By Rick Sherman
(online exclusive)

From the Publisher

Happy Holidays and welcome to the DM Review 100 issue!

Our annual DM Review 100 issue has always been one of the most anticipated issues of the year. Beginning with an introduction on page 51, we rank for you the top 100 business intelligence, data warehousing and data management vendors, with executive profiles accompanying each vendor ranking.

The DM Review 100 ranking is based on an exhaustive readership survey completed by the Gantry Group, LLC of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Many of you were asked to complete this detailed survey over the summer, and we thank those of you that did!

The readership survey looked at vendors in the business intelligence community across nine key technology categories including: business intelligence (OLAP, query and reporting, data mining and data visualization); data quality; data integration (ETL, replication, Web services); databases and data stores; analytic applications, business performance management and Web analytics; collaboration, portals, unstructured data, content management and knowledge management; data administration, design, management and performance; servers; and storage.

The rankings were not based on price or technology performance stats. Rather, our readers ranked the vendors in each product category by expertise, service, support and overall satisfaction.

Each of the DM Review 100 companies is profiled for you in this issue, beginning with IBM on page 52. DM Review editors asked each of the 100 companies to define the value that their company provides enterprises implementing/managing BI and data management solutions; their responses are found within each profile.

Additionally in this issue, you will find several timely and thought-provoking features covering key topic areas of compliance, EII, managing change and data warehousing as follows:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley is an IT Responsibility and Business Opportunity
  • The Next Generation Data Tier: A Repository for Integration Assets
  • Change Management - An Underestimated Key To Success?
  • Data Warehousing Infrastructure: Linux Clusters for the Enterprise

And of course, this issue also includes many of our renowned columnists including Claudia Imhoff, Bill Inmon, Jane Griffin, David Marco and many more who continue to supply you with regular insight and strategy on how to manage and implement your business technology solutions.

On behalf of the entire DM Review staff, we wish you a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

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