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William McKnight

Hello and welcome to my blog!

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.

About the author >

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've been busy, even to the point of looking at www.ilovealpacas.com once or twice.

I have a speaking enagement with SetFocus in Parsippany, NJ and available via a live stream on Friday, August 10. The title is "Modernizing and Advancing Information Management across the Enterprise" and the abstract is below.

Next week, I'll be at the "Bilderberg of business intelligence" - the Pacific Northwest BI Summit. Link to last year's event. It's hosted by Scott Humphrey, who I strongly recommend for any vendor in this space seeking the highest quality public relations. I will speak on RFID business intelligence and also take the opportunity to torture some members of the BI community. I know - I already do that frequently with my blog postings. However, this torture will come in the form of leading yoga sessions.

Abstract for SetFocus event:

Information is the frontier of modern business competitive pressures. Information mastered at an enterprise level greatly supports efficient corporate projects. Enterprise Information Management provides a consistent view and utilization of information throughout the enterprise.

For 10-20 years, data warehousing has been the center of the universe for Information Management. While enterprise data warehousing provides a tremendous amount of value to an organization, modern advances in Information Management technology allow for a more nuanced, yet effective, strategy for a broader Information Management. Central to this approach is Master Data Management. Data warehousing professionals future role is as Information Management professionals and this overview will assist in the bridging of invaluable tools of the trade into the IT organization’s capabilities.

In this seminar, we will discuss the following:

Multiple, complex applications serving a variety of users

Data warehousing is evolving, with new demands and needs placed on robust data warehouses

Exploding data size that will continue to explode with data types running the gamut beyond traditional alphanumeric types

Master data requirements in the operational environment as well as the data warehouse

The role of operational Business Intelligence within the information management architecture

Posted July 23, 2007 8:06 AM
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