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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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It's official. Oracle has bought Hyperion for $3.3 billion. The main assets include Hyperion's enterprise planning system, OLAP engine and financial consolidataion product, the latter of which is widely considered best of its kind. Perhaps most important in this for enterprise data warehouse environments, where Oracle and Business Objects mostly are, is that it would appear now that Oracle is not buying Business Objects.

The Hyperion OLAP product could replace the Oracle OLAP component now in the Oracle DW stack. Oracle OLAP has been only modestly embraced by Oracle DW customers. On the other hand, the Hyperion tool has become more of a "data mart" in its environments. I wonder if Oracle will get behind an EDW strategy with Hyperion or continue the "mart excellence" approach that Hyperion has got the most traction with.

I can still see IBM buying Cognos (or Microstrategy). I also know excellent, experienced information management talent is being amassed at Hewlett Packard and would not be surprised to see an acquisition there as part of an impending market push to join IBM, SAP and Oracle in the BI race.

This acquisition, along with any others that happen between now and then (and that will happen in the future) will doubtlessly be points of conversation at the Pacific Northwest BI Summit.

Technorati tags: Business Objects, SAP, Hewlett Packard, Hyperion, Oracle,
data warehouse

Posted March 1, 2007 3:25 PM
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