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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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Here's another "what I've learned." When we have a deadline or a business-critical issue, we can tend to underemphasize the business requirements, due diligence, experience and sometimes some spending that is going to be necessary.

One area, just to pick something out, is Dun&Bradstreet numbers. DNB is practically ubiquitous in my clientele yet it’s always harder to match than is initially believed. Another truth about DNB is that not every company has a DNB number. Plan for it!

I have a collection of data warehousing “famous last words.” Here’s one: “We’ll just link our customers to DNB tomorrow and it’ll be ready for you on Thursday.”


Posted September 11, 2007 7:22 AM
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