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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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August 2008 Archives

I'll be presenting " Operational Business Intelligence, Making information active" at the Operational Business Intelligence Seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 18.


Posted August 25, 2008 12:06 PM
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I'm back from my 5th year at the Pacific Northwest Business Intelligence Summit and what a summit it was. It's very difficult to put it into a category. Representatives from HP, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Teradata, Composite Software, InfoCentricity, DataFlux, PivotLink, Eyeris and ParAccel were on hand along with media coverage from the B-eye-network to visit with Claudia Imhoff, Jill Dyche, Colin White and myself. As always, it was a stimulating and educational experience, as well as fun. Put on by our friend Scott Humphrey and taking place at the historic Weasku Inn in Medford, OR on the Rogue River, the environment lent itself to open discussion and idea generation.

The 4 of us took up relevant topics and lead discussions. Jill did CRM, Claudia did SaaS, Colin did operational business intelligence and I did information management leadership. Podcasts from each vendor plus the topic introductions are available here at the network.

As for operational business intelligence, I observed that we (people of traditional BI legacy) are calling it BI, but it can be quite different. As Colin pointed out, there's real-time traditional BI, which is arguably OBI and then there's BI with business processes as the end user, which is where BI is going. That's real OBI. Eventually we may ask "If I have lots of OBI, why do I need other BI?'. It's a process-driven paradigm shift.

We had a strong vendor in EII, an enabler of OBI, represented - Composite Software. A good way to think about EII in this context today is it is for requirements that are wide, but not deep.

Software as a Service is an important part of BI's future. It was surprising to sit back and look at the list of players in that market now. As a testament to its progress, it seems some clients are at the point of discussing bringing SaaS solutions in-house and there was quite a bit of discussion about that.

CRM is really about differentiating customers based on behavior and preferences and therefore differentiating treatment. The rise of social networking was discussed as a significant new medium to include in CRM efforts. The CRM example used was the Jack Daniel's club membership, which some of group were members of.

And, as for leadership, well, I just thought it was high time to tackle this important subject in context of information management and leadership. We used this subject to also talk about the state of IT (decentralizing again, patchwork architectures, lots of money to maintenance, etc.)


Posted August 11, 2008 10:20 AM
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I'll be speaking on "Understanding Master Data Management and the Benefits" at the TDWI Dallas chapter meeting on August 14 at 9:00. Link.


Posted August 8, 2008 8:52 AM
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