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Unleash The Potential
The poll participants are right about two things: Another killer app is on the way, and it will transform business processes ("What's The Next Killer App?" Dec. 6, 2004). What they fail to see is that the next killer app isn't an individual app at all--it's the combined effect of a collection of apps that work together. It's called the real-time enterprise.

We IT folks need to stop looking for the next insanely great new killer app and start educating our companies about the potential that can be unleashed when we redesign workflows to be real time and then support those workflows with appropriate combinations of IT components. Business needs IT to put all the technology together and lead in the creation and operation of systems that enable the real-time enterprise to come into being.

Michael Hugos
CIO, Network Services, Mount Prospect, Ill.

Good Corporate Citizen
Hyperion has wowed me with its incentive program to encourage its employees to switch to more fuel-efficient vehicles ("Hyperion Offers Employees $5,000 For Fuel-Efficient Car Purchase," Nov. 29, 2004).

If you have the ability to make a positive difference, you should. I never thought anyone in corporate America would follow that selfless path. But Hyperion has shown it's concerned about the big picture, and there are bigger issues in this world than the bottom line. If only the rest of the powerful corporations in this world could be so responsible.

Vicki L. Phillips
St. Peters, Mo.

Follow The Rules
Herbert W. Lovelace's article about the five rules for an effective IT strategy was right on target ("Five Rules For An Effective IT Strategy," Nov. 15, 2004). If you're really able to implement them in the workplace, then kudos to you and your organization.

Elizabeth Sands
Project Manager, Chicago Stock Exchange

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