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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

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I have heard a lot about, though not worked on, the federal government's data warehouses. Some things are pretty clear. It is (they are?) large. This article cites 659 million records in the FBI's database. Look at the data sources - FBI records and criminal case files, Treasury, State and Homeland Security departments and the Federal Bureau of Prisons - more than 50 FBI and other government agency sources.

And look also at the benefits of data integration - 32,222 hours for a query down to 30 minutes or less.

There are 13,000 users and 1 million queries per month.

Actually, the article, written by a Washington Post Staff Writer, reads like any other data warehouse success story or case study - except those aren't bread and milk purchase transactions in there. CRM = Citizen Relationship Management anybody?
Technorati tags: Data Warehouse

Posted December 19, 2006 9:04 AM
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Here's a follow up link to the FBI data warehouse blog regarding a suit brought by privacy advocates.

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