January is the darkest month.

With the New Year's revelries over, the industry is settling down to the tasks in hand. A new dawn fades as the business reawakens to the issues that were confronting it before the holidays, before the euro conversion.

Yes, they're still there. Cutthroat competition, commoditization of data, subscription-price spirals, threatening new technologies, talent shortages. Sounds like fun.

But these have all been around for a while. Whispers from our vendor friends point

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