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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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One of my assertions recently has been that the business intelligence industry is momentarily distracted by the high end deals. Recent titan acquisitons (Ascential, Siebel) are clearly focused on bringing in the Fortune level customer. We now see some balance being brought into the equation. Microsoft has never neglected the lower end BI customer. Actually, you could say they have not neglected the lower end anything customer.

Microsoft is "on the hunt for SMBs" according to a recent article.

As well, their SQL Server product has always had appeal to SMBs for business intelligence. SQL Server 2005 has a launch on November 7 in San Francisco. Every major city will have an event related to this launch. SQL Server should be released on or about that date. I have been analyzing SQL 2005 for business intelligence and will provide that analysis here at a later date. But I can say that I'm excited about the BI possibilities for SMBs.


Posted September 27, 2005 8:49 AM
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I'm trying to fill a DW position in Orlando. Do you know anyone who would be interested?

Bachelors or higher in related field.
5+ years proven management/leadership experience
Data Warehouse Experience
Corporate Data Architectures and Strategies

Familiarity with:
ETL processing
Business Analysis Tool
UNIX and Microsoft
Teradata RDMS
Ascential Data Storage


They would be responsible for Strategic Direction of Enterprise Data Warehouse
Financial Management, Budgeting, Contracts, Resource Management,
Relationship Management with Key Vendors
Manage several teams of extremely intelligent and capable employees helping them with goal planning, time/task mgmt, performance assessment, and more.

It's a Solid / Desirable Company.

Excellent Benefits

If you know anyone who would be interested, please forward this email to them.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call me at 1-800-949-5423 x206.

Warmest wishes,

Gene Hawkins
Sr. Recruiter
Gene@SoftwareSearch.com
770-934-5138 x206

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