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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.

About the author >

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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Due to increasing data volume and data's high utility, there has been an explosion of capabilities in the possibilities in the past few years brought into the early mainstream. While stalwarts of our information, like the relational row-based enterprise data warehouse, remain highly supported, it is widely acknowledged that no single solution will satisfy all enterprise data management needs. 

Many are confused by the value of Hadoop, data warehouse appliances and stream processing. Their value propositions seemingly conflict with current information management infrastructure.

Costs for keeping "all data for all time" in an EDW are still escalating, even though storage remains historically inexpensive. That is driving some heterogeneity as well.  

The key to making the correct data storage selection is an understanding of your workloads - current, projected and envisioned.

Join me for the Break Free Tour session in a city near you. This practical session will organize and explore the major categories of information stores available and help you make the best choices to ensure information remains an unparalleled corporate asset.

You will learn:

  • The place for Relational Row-Oriented Data Warehouse and Data Marts
  • Efficient operation of RDBMS with I/O Bottleneck alleviation
  • How multidimensional databases fit into an organization
  • When data streams make an information store
  • Hadoop basics for Big Data, webscale and unstructured workloads
  • Cloud considerations for information storage and interaction

I'll be joined by IBM leaders drilling in on these topics and others relevant to the perspective of the IT decision maker. Register for one of these sessions, and bring your questions. We're looking forward to a fascinating series.

Tuesday, June 7 - Bellevue, WA
Thursday, June 9 - Boston, MA
Tuesday, June 14 - Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, June 15 - Denver, CO
Thursday, June 16 - Atlanta, GA

Additional analysts and colleagues will be hosting Break Free sessions in Toronto and New York.

See full details on any of these sessions and register now.  I hope you can join us! 

And if you're near Bellevue, Boston, Los Anglees, Denver or Atlanta and you want to find some time together (end user organizations, software companies) while I'm in town, let me know. 

Posted May 25, 2011 12:30 PM
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