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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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That's right. This press release uses "free" and "Oracle" in the same sentence. Perhaps feeling the heat from SQL Server 2005, Oracle has plans to release a free version of its database by year end to compete in the SMB market, suddenly becoming a concern in the BI marketplace.

Obviously, there are going to be limitations. The database is limited to 4 GB of data, 1 GB RAM and 1 processor. The goal is for this "express edition" to become a gateway to actual production-capable purchases.

Oracle and IBM need SMB stories to be considered full service. This is something that becomes more critical in a maturing market, such as what some indicators are suggesting we have with database management systems. Both have solid higher-end products. The only alternative to this strategy would seem to be acquiring MySQL. Interestingly, Postgres and Ingres were adopted already, but not to lower-end products, but to the higher-end products of Netezza and Datallegro.

Posted November 9, 2005 9:26 AM
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