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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

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Well, the DCI Conference is over and the Around the Horn went very well. I think I started something. The format allowed me to state a few assertions about where our industry is going. Without much comment now, I present them here. If you have a comment on any, feel free to add your comment. Here they are:

There is no longer a line in the sand between operational and analytical BI. They have blurred together.

The “build it and they will come” attitude is still pervasive in DW.

The model of the BI software industry is about delivering more and more complexity making it harder to live instead of simplifying business. The BI software industry is partly to blame for the increasing complexity of business.

DW will eventually go the way of EAI. The extra data store in the picture is redundant and the market eventually drives out inefficiencies.

Companies are not taking data quality seriously enough. It’s an afterthought and is still sabotaging BI and compliance efforts.

Master Data Management is most effective in the operational world, at pre-DW levels.

Data Mart/DW Consolidation is hot now as companies realize they need an efficient EDW environment and the benefits of the enterprise consolidated view.

BI is focusing too much on the big guys. The needs of the SMB market are not being met by the BI industry.

Posted October 4, 2005 8:27 AM
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Not sure that I agree that there is no longer a line in the sand between operational and analytical BI. I think that the DW industry would like to push that belief as companies have begun to realize that DW's aren't the answer for everything. You see articles, like the infamous DM Review article, 'EII is Dead', somewhat surreptitiously written by the CEO of Kalido, making a weak case for why companies should build DW's for all data reporting and analytical needs.

I think that the BI/DW industry would benefit if there were more leaders from companies that have implemented and maintiain BI/DW programs rather than vendors and consultants. I know that this statement is odd being that I am a consultant, but I see too many "leaders" in our industry teaching and pushing solutions that don't add the value that we preach.

DW is dead? It seems that EAI/EII or more importantly service enablers like SOA are complementary to a DW environment.

Please elaborate on why you think DW is positioned for replacement by EAI/EII technologies.

Hi Tanjian,

Since this posting is so old, I'll start a new post in response.

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