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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.

About the author >

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.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in William's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

On November 17th at 2:00 ET, I will be giving a webinar on the B-EYE-Network with Mark Smith of Ventana Research titled "Justifying and Implementing Master Data Management for the Enterprise." You can sign up for it at this link.

Here is the abstract:
More complex and demanding business environments are forcing more heterogeneous systems environments. Data integration is required to synchronize master data to get a single, consistent view of an enterprise’s core business entities like customers, products, suppliers and employees. Effective master data for any subject area requires input from multiple applications and business units; and enterprise master data needs a formal management system. Business approval, business process change and capture of master data at optimal, early points in the data lifecycle are essential to achieving true enterprise master data.

-An introduction to Master Data Management, which enables data synchronization across the heterogeneous system environment independent of operational and analytic domain

-How MDM directly impacts the business through facilitating more accurate and timely business decision-making and improving application delivery ability, all at a lower cost

-How to organize the enterprise, both business and technical roles, for the determination and implementation of master data rules

-How to take the conformed dimension concept to earlier points in the data lifecycle through MDM Architecture choices

Posted November 9, 2005 9:52 AM
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