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William McKnight

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I will periodically be sharing my thoughts and observations on information management here in the blog. I am passionate about the effective creation, management and distribution of information for the benefit of company goals, and I'm thrilled to be a part of my clients' growth plans and connect what the industry provides to those goals. I have played many roles, but the perspective I come from is benefit to the end client. I hope the entries can be of some modest benefit to that goal. Please share your thoughts and input to the topics.

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William is the president of McKnight Consulting Group, a firm focused on delivering business value and solving business challenges utilizing proven, streamlined approaches in data warehousing, master data management and business intelligence, all with a focus on data quality and scalable architectures. William functions as strategist, information architect and program manager for complex, high-volume, full life-cycle implementations worldwide. William is a Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a frequent best-practices judge, has authored hundreds of articles and white papers, and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars. His team's implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. He is a former IT Vice President of a Fortune company, a former software engineer, and holds an MBA. William is author of the book 90 Days to Success in Consulting. Contact William at wmcknight@mcknightcg.com.

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There is a nice high-level overview of business intelligence in this interview in Business Week online with Business Objects CEO Bernard Liautaud. It's always interesting to see how the major press picks up business intelligence issues as it is doing more and more these days.

This article brings to mind a couple of points. One is about industry consolidation. We have only seen the beginning of business intelligence consolidation. I believe Hyperion, Microstrategy, Cognos, Informatica and yes, Business Objects are in play to the current and future industry titans.

I don't see a mad rush for this consolidation to happen however. These companies are doing quite well and Hyperion, Informatica and Business Objects have recently (past 2 years) created full lifecycle stories of their own. BI is already big enough to support at least one $1B company (Business Objects.)

Furthermore, though there's some consolidation amongst the vendors, we are merely on the cusp of business intelligence penetration. Sure, every company has some business intelligence, but how many programs are as efficient and consolidated as they need to be? How many have figured out how to get past first targets and extend BI to the enterprise? How many have developed differentiating analytics that are tracked by BI? How many have the elusive "single version of the truth" - with clean data?

From my perspective, BI spending is strong and hardly being moved by the macro factors of high oil prices, rising interest rates and Katrina. There's an amazing number of new or revamping efforts happening in DW/BI. Budgets are certainly allocated to BI enough to make this a record year for BI.... as long as the budget spend is the natural follow-on to the budget allocation!

Posted September 7, 2005 5:58 PM
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I would like to see BO purchased by one of the larger players with long-term stability and I'd like them to get on with it. The waiting game has been going on for some time now.

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