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William McKnight

Hello and welcome to my blog!

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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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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