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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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November 2005 Archives

According to "Missed ZZZ's, More Disease?" in Science News, skimping on sleep may be bad for your health.

While it's too soon to say moderate sleep deprivation can damage your health, definite hormonal changes occur when people get less than 8 hours of sleep. Business intelligence professionals are probably more guilty of this than most.

Research indicates sleep deprivation can increase risk of obseity, cancer, diabetes and heart trouble.

I think I'll quit blogging and go to bed.


Posted November 30, 2005 11:50 PM
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Gartner has named Informatica the leader in the data integration market, securing the number one position for the fourth straight year in Gartner’s ETL market share report. Informatica captured 25% of the ETL market in 2004, with an increase in revenue of 10% from 2003 and over a 5% increase over the nearest competition, Ascential/IBM.

Informatica is ripe for acquisition and its purchase will (would?) send shockwaves through the industry. It won't be IBM since they now have Ascential. If Microsoft, it would signal a real enterprise push for them and I would expect more acquisitions from them soon following. It won't be Business Objects since they are strongly pushing their Data Integrator (formerly Acta) product now, but it would be interesting to see if a "BI company" could do this (versus a big player like IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP). SAP has rolled out Netweaver so I'm discounting that possibility.

PeopleSoft EPM, the out of the box BI suite from PeopleSoft, ships with Ascential. This may change. The Oracle-Informatica partnership around that could lead to something more.

And then there's Microstrategy. Informatica and Microstrategy could power an entity from even humble beginnings right into this top-tier.

Of course, these are my opinions only.


Posted November 28, 2005 12:07 PM
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The premise of this article in E-Commerce Times is that the CFO is so responsible for organizational data (i.e., compliance) that, in some shops, s/he might as well run all of IT. Wow! I'm not sure where this "consensus" referenced is coming from, but I have not encountered this. We've come so far in terms of legitimizing the CIO position away from being pure support of any department and/or reporting to the CFO. Most CIOs are peers of CFOs.

Despite the obvious importance of Sarbanes-Oxley, I don't believe this is a trend. CIOs must be sensitive now to not only internal knowledge worker clients supporting customer needs, but to internal compliance requirements. This is a natural step for most CIOs. The position has developed strong business acumen over the years and should be able to work closely with the CFO to deliver on compliance requirements without the entire function going under the CFO.


Posted November 21, 2005 8:23 AM
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I found this study interesting since we are getting close to that big family holiday, Thanksgiving.

Want to live a long time? Make some friends.

FRIENDS, not family, are one of the keys to a long life, a study of elderly Australians suggests as reported in New Scientist.

The research suggests that friends offer advice without pressure, which might help people take care of their health without adding stress.


Posted November 18, 2005 9:49 AM
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Garner came out with a research paper today titled "Clients Consider Business Intelligence to Be a Major Priority" that states "business intelligence jumped from the No. 10 slot to the second-highest priority on CIOs' agendas."

Some observations:

· Small-medium businesses (SMBs) make up a large growth market for BI software

· In the key verticals of manufacturing and financial services, BI accounts for the highest share of software budgets — 18 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

· The education market is a growth market for BI - projecting that BI will make up approximately 10 percent of the total software budget, mainly as a result of recent laws and regulations involving education, such as the "No Child Left Behind" policy in the United States.

· Other markets that are just beginning to adopt BI on a larger scale include healthcare and government.

Drivers of BI growth:

· To respond to user needs for timely data

· Efforts to improve decision making

· As a response to governmental regulations.

· The continuing need to reduce total cost of ownership within organizations


Posted November 18, 2005 8:27 AM
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