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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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I listened in on Ken Rudin, CEO of LucidEra, launch LucidEra today with the teleconference "LucidEra: The OnDemand Path to Business Intelligence.” Ken went into the background of where business intelligence is and how that has led to the launch of LucidEra. According to Ken, business intelligence has lost its way. The BI vendors are now adding features that are interesting to only a few. Their numbers are off due to disinterest in upgrading and inability of the client community, especially in their target market - the midmarket, to handle the complexity. The main trend remains basic reports answering key questions.

Ken is concerned about BI growth with the current model and sees consolidation among Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion and perhaps others. They are focused on esoteric "search and mobile" features when the market still mostly needs basic reporting.

He made an interesting remark that business intelligence should be a "right" of all employees and, taking that approach, an end client would avoid the esoterics and focus on the basics and mass distribution of information. That's what LucidEra is about.

I've blogged before about LucidEra so I'll leave my thoughts in that entry. For those interested, they have launched.

Technorati tags: LucidEra, SaaS, Business Intelligence Market, midmarket

Posted November 15, 2006 2:35 PM
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