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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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IDC's RDBMS 2005 Vendor Share report came out last month. Here's a link to it on Oracle's site. Oracle has good reason to post it on their site. They still dominate the market - by far.

Microsoft is making huge strides and of course, IBM is in the mix. In the 'Future Outlook' of the report, there is a note about open source RDBMS such as MySQL. I would also throw in data warehouse appliances and suggest that these are 2 emerging technologies that are potentially disruptive to the status quo.

When market share is measured for 2006, I expect further increases from Oracle, Teradata and Microsoft. Perhaps by the 2007 numbers, Netezza and MySQL will merit their name on the list.

Posted June 8, 2006 8:19 AM
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Thanks for including us in your predictions for 2007!
What do the two emerging technologies you mentioned – Netezza and MySQL – have in common? Cost-efficiency. And this is a big factor because the industry is clearly shifting to low-cost data warehouse solutions based on commodity hardware, Linux and open source. Netezza, for example, has proven that you can build your EDW or a large data mart at a much lower cost than with traditional solutions, using a data warehouse appliance. And from the rapid growth of the data warehouse appliance category in data-intensive industries, it’s becoming quite apparent that companies are moving away from complex, “high-maintenance” systems and are embracing a simpler, more affordable approach to data warehousing.

We look forward to wider dialogue about this topic in the industry.

Ellen Rubin
VP Marketing

Hi William,

We have heard alot of talk about Microsoft Reporting services taking market share away from the pure play BI vendors.

Has reporting services really started to make an impact - is it really out there?

Hi Jon,

There is quite a bit of adoption of Reporting Services in Microsoft shops. It is being mentioned in each tool consideration in these shops. It is actually a nice drawing card for the entire Microsoft BI solution although I believe the overall solution is really a holistic draw. Reporting Services' fortunes are tied to Microsoft BI without a doubt.

I'm not an analyst and haven't done a study of the issue so this is just based on my experiences.

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