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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

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I was looking forward to this presentation. However, I must admit, with the plethora of appliance vendors who have hit the market lately and made their way onto client short-cum-long lists, I was more than happy to dismiss NeoView if this data point did not move the story forward several paces. However, Greg Battas addressed NeoView's lack of market penetration and their 'soft roll out' up front. They spent a full year with customers before the announcement in 2007.

HP, as a company, was losing big deals to IBM and Oracle since those 2 had full suites. Back in 2004/2005, Tandem (now part of HP) had built an earlier form of NeoView, but ultimately didn’t go to market with it because they didn’t want to compete with Oracle. That's not an issue now.

The first place to test NeoView was at HP itself, where they have, according to Greg, shut down 500 internal databases in a consolidation project.

HP still lacks in the data access space. Obviously, they were looking at BO and Cognos as well as SAP and Oracle did. They are working closely with Ab Initio for ETL although they're philosophy is less 'load and analyze' and more 'ingest and do things inline.' The philosophy, supposedly manifested in the architecture, is very Operational BI-centric.

NeoView is meant to be a "Teradata killer." However, as Greg pointed out, the road is littered with those who claimed to be "better than Teradata" and still, there's Teradata.

Technorati tags: Business Intelligence, Independent Analyst Platform, HP, NeoView

Posted July 14, 2008 7:44 AM
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In my humble opinion, a strategy that is based on killing an incumbent serves no purpose, especially the client's. Come to market with something better, that solves problems that haven't been solved before instead.

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