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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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An article I recently published will be verticalized for the retail industry. I was asked to give my thoughts about trends facing those information management programs, based on my work in that industry. Although it may not seemingly be an information management concern, gas price increases are difficult to avoid as a major trend affecting retail as well as other industries.

Information management programs like data warehouses and master data management are being used to improve the analytic capabilities of retail organizations. This is being done to enable the natural follow-on to those activities that would place higher costs on long transport of items. Call it an economic “re-localization” or whatever you wish, but it is an inevitable result of current trends taken into the future. Did you know, from the supply side, the food industry operates under the presumption that the average piece of food we (U.S.A. citizens) purchase travels over a thousand miles from its origin!? This is only scalable when oil/gas is cheap.

Information management is naturally immune to heavy transport costs – at least on the surface. However, much of information management is an enabler of other highly affected industries like retail, consumer goods and energy. Some great thinkers in these industries are getting ready with their information for a continued increase in gas prices to the point where transport will become a primary determinant of product mix.

In the future, and who knows how long, if trends continue, people will come to be aware of and appreciate the production abilities of the land in their region. In a sense, the world may get bigger rather than smaller in our future.

Posted June 25, 2006 2:32 PM
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