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In this issue of DM Review
- The Value of Enterprise Performance Management by Gregg Taylor of Accenture. In the finance organization, executives are faced with the challenges of delivering ever more timely and transparent reporting data. Meeting these challenges is not only a matter of organizational mind-set and commitment; it is a matter of enabling technology. Thus, it is little wonder that an increasing number of companies are demanding more robust and better integrated capabilities to plan and manage business performance, and that enterprise performance management software constitutes one of the faster growing segments within the information technology sector.
- Open Source - The Brave New World? By Steve Craggs of the Integration Consortium. During the author's consultations with end-user companies across the world, one of the most common topics of conversation is open source. Everyone wants to know whether open source software is "ready for prime time." This article looks at these issues and others surrounding the controversial area of open source.
- RFID and the Value of Context: How a Disruptive Technology Promises Real-Time Intelligence by George Marinos of PricewaterhouseCoopers. RFID (radio frequency identification) is a technology used to identify assets (persons or objects) and some of their characteristics (such as identity, condition and location) in order to optimize inventory effectiveness, improve security, support compliance or enhance customer experience. However, the data provided by RFID requires context to become information. You need to augment this data with meaning; support it with relevant location- and time-specific detail from internal applications, third-party systems and Web services; and tie this information to specific business processes.
Finally, don't miss the third installment in Rajeev Rawat's loyalty best practices series on page 52. In this series, Rajeev discusses the IT vendor practices that are important to you and then provides input from leading vendors - it's Informatica's turn this month - detailing what they are doing to earn your loyalty.
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