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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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A recent study by InformationWeek confirms that ease-of-use is still most important when purchasing BI software or selecting a vendor. This is well worth repeating since I still see many BI professionals, myself included at times, that get lulled into believing that modern data access tools are indeed "user friendly" to actual users.

Accoutrements to the development of the end user interface include training, metadata and data stewardship as well as effective usage design.

One company that brings us a new paradigm in data access for applications with a visual orientation is Tableau Software.

Tableau Software displays query results visually and graphically as opposed to displaying the actual results. This helps a user skip the step in his or her head that translate those numbers and text into something meaningful. It's a step where thoughts don't often complete and thought processes are abandoned. It could be useful for certain situations. You can take a product tour at their site.

Keep an eye on the real ease of use of your BI interface. The ones who make the final determination will be the users.

Posted September 12, 2005 8:14 AM
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