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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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Enterprise Infomation Integration, or EII, is now the province of a multitude of ETL vendors. EII gives the user immediate access to information in disparate data stores. However, other than some light operational message passing, it hasn't had much commercial acceptance and little impact to the data warehouse has been felt. So, at this stage, some are asking if it's going anywhere.

True, it's still immature technology. However, there are a myriad of reasons for the lack of acceptance that would be there even if the technology were mature. It's a paradigm shift in how we've managed data/information for the last 25 years. We're used to moving data where it will be used. Some believe it's the foundation of the enormous DW/BI industry (as opposed to providing business advantage with data/information in whatever architecture fits). Plus, corporations have undertaken an unprecedented number of major projects involving data recently and needed to take on proven approaches in the process.

I think the vendors are onto something here. Ascential (IBM) is focusing efforts there. Informatica has a relationship with EII provider Composite Software, a likely acquisition target by someone at some future point. Other stand-alones are Attunity, MetaMatrix, who added the former head of global markets for Gartner as CEO last month, and Certive, who added the former vice president of engineering at Hyperion Solutions to head engineering last month.

Watch this space.


Posted May 23, 2006 8:09 AM
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Bill,

It's certainly for real. We're in a classic disruptive technology moment - lots of incumbents are naysaying EII, meanwhile lots of customers (end user and OEM) are buying. Just take a look at last year's EII Survey to see http://www.ipedo.com/html/news_releases/news_release_012406.html

BTW, I won't take it personally that you neglected to mention us here at Ipedo...

Tim

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