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William McKnight

Hello and welcome to my blog!

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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April 2011 Archives

I'm about to keynote a fun series of talks with IBM called Discovery Days.  We'll be covering topics around optimizing systems for speed, efficiency and analytics.  If you're in any of the below named cities I hope to see you there!  And if you're in St. Louis, Phoenixor New York City and you want me to consult or speak to you or your team (end user organizations, software companies) while I'm in town, let me know as I can plan some time before or after the conference.


The known days so far are:


May 5

Indianapolis, IN

JW Marriott Indianapolis


May 10

St. Louis, MO

Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel



4/29 update: St. Louis event rescheduled due to tornado at airport; new date is 5/24


May 12

Phoenix, AZ

Ritz Carlton Phoenix 


June 9

Columbus, OH

Westin Columbus


5/22 update: I'm going to Boston June 9 to give a keynote for Break Free 2011 instead.  I'll post about those events soon. 


October 4

New York, NY



There will be a few more.  I will post as they become known.


Here is the link to the first event in Indianapolis.




Posted April 19, 2011 12:54 PM
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I made it to the Oracle Collaborate show this week in Orlando.  I presented a case study presentation on a MDM initiative.  I spent several hours in the expo hall talking with people in some interesting concepts.  A couple of themes stood out as being somewhat new to being on an expo hall floor.

1.       Lifecycle data support

There continues to be evidence that new approaches are necessary to keep data alive and do it at a lower cost than keeping "all data online everywhere".

Sure, we've got major compression and columnar orientation to compress complete rows of data everywhere it resides.  However, we usually don't usually want to carry production data loads in the development and test environments, yet we need data that approximates production data there.  One feature of IBM Infosphere Optim, among others, is the ability to get a representative sampling of production data into those environments according to the direction you set. 

Also, there were the archival features of TierData, which smartly determines which production data, even columns, you can safely archive to improve the overall performance of the application.

2.       Part Time Help

The commoditization of certain functions that were always just there in the shop and taken for granted continues.  For better or worse, services like SmartHelp from Circular Edge and DBA on Demand from SmartDog give their clients flexible work arrangements for a variety of technical enterprise functions. 

Posted April 16, 2011 2:35 PM
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