Beyond the stewardship and management of data as an asset, other disciplines combine to forge corporate information into valuable business intelligence. Data warehousing converges with business process re-engineering and Internet disciplines to deliver an enterprise-wide data strategy. The successful data warehouse often drives the reengineering of business data and processes by surfacing the contradictions and confusion in current application systems. Once information is verified, organized, and available, Internet technologies are utilized both internally and externally to provide increasingly important data portals, which act as windows on the world of business information.
Since 1984, Laura Brown has helped businesses and technical managers deliver systems solutions, and has worked as management consultant and senior technical advisor to Fortune 500 companies. She is President of System Innovations, a consulting firm specializing in enterprise application integration, data warehousing, and Internet design.
Laura is the author of Integration Models: Templates for Business Integration (2000, Sams Publishing).