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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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Only about 10% of BO customers have SAP, but who knows how many SAP customers do not have BO. There is a clear corporate focus on delivering the rest of them to BO. They will do this with a light roadmap, which is to say BO just works on top of SAP. Another focus area is the non-SAP customer, which currently comprises 90% of their customer base. With mostly separated companies, this dual strategy for growth can work.

Also discussed were the plans for SAP Netweaver and incorporating MDM (A2i acquisition) into it as Netweaver MDM, one of the only MDM products with ‘writeback’. Also, a lot of focus was on BO Accelerator - which I’ve blogged about before - to speed up BW performance. One gets the impression it’s supposed to be more than a luxury item for BW. Of course, Crystal Reports remains a focus (BEX moving to Crystal) and Xcelsius was mentioned as their dashboard. I’m a fan of Xcelsius, but it takes a knock here and there for being more of a desktop, than an enterprise, tool.

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Posted July 6, 2008 12:17 PM
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