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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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While most are at least tepidly pleased with the progress of business intelligence and technology initiatives in general this year, future progress is not assured according to some recent indicators. I have (and remain) bullish on our industry, but it is good to take in data points that reflect as well as oppose that position.

Such is an article I read this morning at siliconvalley.com "Confidence at 2 1/2-year low in valley" and this one from echannel on a Forrester report: "Expect a significant drop in IT spending in 2007: Forrester." It begins "According to two new reports from Forrester Research Inc., there will be a significant slowdown in U.S. IT spending growth in 2007 before rebounding to near double-digit growth by the close of the decade."

One area that IS getting a lot of attention is RFID, which is a next big horizon for business intelligence. According to this article "RFID Gaining in Popularity", "Based on a survey of 500 companies, AMR Research expects corporate RFID spending to increase 16% from 2005 to 2006, and 20% from 2006 to 2007, up from the current annual average of just above $500,000." although "RFID Implementation Challenges Persist" according to this article.

Interestingly, the advice in these articles is much the same advice that DW/BI and CRM needed in their early days - have a business case, do iterative development and don't expect generic solutions to work for you out of the box. Some things don't change.

Posted October 17, 2005 9:58 AM
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