It's January, 2003. If you haven't already, it's time to start looking ahead at the New Year and make sure you are staying focused on the most pressing technology issues. We know it's hard to prioritize, as there are so many important issues to heed. And with budgets still tight, the money you have has to be cautiously distributed.
As a result, our editors consulted our sources and readers to come up with what we believe are some of the critical technology issues and trends that should be taken seriously this year. We've dedicated the issue to providing you with a Vision of 2003, and aimed to arm you with information and ideas to help you tackle the challenges that lie ahead. You'll notice that we have veered away from our usual sections and design. Instead, we are giving you 13 features on the 13 challenges that we believe every CIO will grapple with in the coming year.
Our final list consists of: anti-money laundering, business-continuity planning, security, wealth management, centralizing reference data, managing corporate actions, CRM, preparing for Basel II, outsourcing, managing instant messaging, Web services, monitoring single-stock futures and Supermontage. Our goal is to highlight ways that you can best tackle these issues by giving you suggestions from your peers, consultants and analysts.
If you have been particularly successful in combating any of these issues, feel free to share your suggestions with us.
We look forward to continued and increased contact with you through the number of channels we provide. Whether it be an e-mail to one of our editors expressing a thought on their story, a letter-to-the-editor critiquing or endorsing our coverage, or an industry-commentary proposal - increased dialogue with you, our readers, only serves to enhance our coverage by making sure our writing mirrors your day-to-day challenges.