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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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I was at Teradata Influencer's Days this week, an annual 3-day invitation-only event where Teradata catches us up on the latest offerings and company strategy.  We were in Las Vegas this year and we had a fascinating visit to the Switch data center where eBay stores their Teradata EDW, Hadoop clusters and another large system where the thousands of jobs run daily to keep eBay on top of their game.

Teradata is undoubtedly a long-standing leader in information management.  They have been preparing for the heterogeneous future (or is it the heterogeneous present?) and diversifying their offerings for several years.  Teradata's moves should have everyone reconsidering any notion of Teradata as a high-hurdle company that wants you to put everything online in a single data warehouse.  And it seems to be working.  Teradata released earnings Wednesday showing revenue growth of 24 percent in 2Q11.

Aster Data - A "big data" acquisition for the management of the multi-structured data with patented SQL/MapReduce

Active Data Warehousing - Abilities built into the Teradata 5000 EDW series that support and promote fast, active, intra-day loading of the data warehouse as opposed to a batch-loaded warehouse

Aprimo - Marketing applications that put the information to work and a software-as-a-service model to build some of their future on

Master Data Management - The "system of record" for subject areas that need governance and need to be integrated in real-time, operationally

Hot-Cold Data Placement - Less-used data placed into lower-cost storage, with accompanying degraded performance

Appliance Family - Pre-loaded machines of varying specification according to workload that can get your data access up and running quickly; some are using the appliance for their data warehouse

I noted still something could be done where many analytics are going - to the operational world.  Something in complex event processing would further an information ecosystem.  

We discussed Teradata 14 and it will continue this theme of providing the range of platform options necessary today.

Now that some of these acquisitions are assimilated, we are seeing a reflection in the marketing.  With "Teradata Everywhere" as the imperative, the reference architecture is now the "Analytic Ecosystem" which is an environment that includes, but is not all-consumed by, the Enterprise Data Warehouse.  Consider the market sizes of the markets Teradata is going after, as shared by Teradata: Data Warehousing ($27B), Business Applications ($15B) and Big Data Analytics ($2B).  Teradata is embracing the heterogeneous future as a focused leader in information management.


Posted August 6, 2011 8:45 AM
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