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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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I have completed teaching the Master Data Management Course in Sydney.  Thank you to my wonderful students.  Some memorable learning the last 2 days was done around some of these points:

  • Master data, with MDM, can be left where it is or, more commonly, placed in a separate hub
  • Product MDM tends to be more Governance-heavy than Customer
  • In a ragged hierarchy, a node can belong to multiple parents
  • Be selective about the fields you apply change management to
  • Customer lifetime value should ideally look forward, not behind, and should use profit instead of spend
  • Customer analytics can be calculated in MDM or CRM, the debate continues
  • Complex subject areas require multiple group input
  • Critical elements in MDM data security include confidentiality, integrity, non-repudiation, authentication and authorization
  • Syndicated data is becoming increasingly important and MDM is the most leveragable place to put that data
  • The web is also a source of syndicated data
  • Data quality is a value proposition
  • Do you have a data problem or a customer data problem or a product data problem?  It affects your tool selection
  • Care about what matters to your shop when you evaluate vendors
  • The program methodology should be balanced between rigor and creativity
  • In the design phase, you develop your test strategy, data migration plan, non-functional requirements, functional design, interface specifications, workflow design and logical data model
  • Don't mess up by staffing the team with only technicians
  • The purpose of the data conversion maps is to document the requirements for transforming source data into target data
  • Organizational change management is highly correlated to project success
  • Stakeholder management is not a one-time activity
If you're interested in hosting the class in 2012, please contact me.


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