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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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January 2010 Archives

I'm preparing my content for Enterprise Data World 2010, where I will speak on March 17.  My topic is "Comparison of Enterprise Data Platforms".  It's mostly based on my popular service helping get end clients into the right platforms for them.  I'm covering the DBMS market (where we've come, where we're going), data warehouse appliances, columnar data storage, open source, on-demand and virtualization.  In 1 hour! 

I'll do my best, but one thing that struck me as interesting as I reviewed was that the future of data management will have many opportunities as well as confusion in it.  Unlike about 5 years ago, the enterprise data warehouse was not only hitting stride, it was considered a "holy grail" and an end-game.  Many data management resources went into building data warehouses (with single platforms, strictly row-based structures, on standard hardware and in-house.)

This is not so true any more.  We've re-entered chaos.  A columnar orientation is working its way into enterprise architectures and popular database offerings (Microsoft, Oracle).  You need to know how it works and when to use it.  Appliances and on-demand services are pushing function out of the enterprise.  You need to know how to manage the changing roles and responsibilities.  With departmental budgets buying software-as-a-service business intelligence, low-end appliances, and open source BI tools, shops need to have integration capabilities now more than ever.  And, something I've been saying for a while, master data management is leading the charge of business intelligence back into the operational world.

The economies and performance abilities of data management are changing and the benefits need to go to your bottom line.  Most unhelpful is the terminology wars surrounding all of this.

And finally what to start doing about the MapReduce approach, and syndicated data, and the data cloud.... 

Sorry, no answers here, but sometimes it's helpful to identify the questions.


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