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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 one more on the theme of what I’ve learned. You’ve heard of Don’t Mess with Texas? Well, how about Don’t Mess with Excel!? Users love the sense of control over the data and the ability to perform their own calculations. (Other) BI tools will not sweep Excel out of any enterprise. However, precisely because of its flexibility, Excel is notorious as a source system for data warehousing and its applications need to get into a DBMS to serve the organization in that capacity.

DW teams often need to start as data providers to the organization, where knowledge workers from all over will pull for spreadsheets. Eventually, through value propositions (see previous ‘what I’ve learned’), those teams should increase their service to where they are providing BI and running the business, not just reporting on it. The Excel issue is a flashpoint for the whole ‘why do we exist’ issue for DW teams.

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Posted September 5, 2007 9:23 AM
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