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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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By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard of Oscar the Cat, the nursing home cat who, as the story goes, can predict when residents are going to die. Here is a link to the story. I have had some awkward stare-downs with cats this week as a result of learning about Oscar.

Anyway, all I have to say is that the first thing I thought of when learning about this feline forebearer of demise is that he has his counterparts in the business intelligence world. - specifically those consultants or employees whose mere presence on a project can signal its ruin. Sometimes I have to point out the Oscars and rarely, but occasionally, as a practice manager, my screening misfires and I end up with an Oscar on my team though, fortunately, it’s never been too late for the project.

The people on a project are extremely important to its success and generally not easy to find. I have been fortunate to surround myself with the best in the business.

We all know Oscars. Be careful not to be one or hire one!

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Posted July 31, 2007 9:58 AM
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William,
How do you know if one is 'Oscar'?

What are your tips for Oscars out there to not be one?

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