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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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Recently in Celequest Category

Well, we have analytical business intelligence, usually implemented with a batch-loaded multi-source data warehouse. Then, there’s operational reporting, usually done with direct access to a singular operational system. But in between there’s operational business intelligence, which can be multi-source with some, well, intelligence, applied to the results.

EII is a viable option when you don’t need the results instantiated (i.e., for throw-away queries). BAM, which stands for Business Activity Monitoring – a primary purpose of operational business intelligence - is a category of operational business intelligence which does instantiate the results. I had a chance to catch up with Steve Smythe of Celequest recently and learn more about their “Lava” offering, which is actually an operational business intelligence “appliance.” They sell or lease you the box for operational BI. Excellent performance on the queries should come from the fact that the data is stored in memory. Box sizes range from 4 GB to 16 GB. This could be a good solution when operational decisions need to be made before the data can hit the data warehouse and when operational query/reporting simply won’t work.

This is one of the trends taking cycles away from the data warehouse and taking reasons away from having a single, monolithic global data warehouse. Another I have blogged about is the calculations for master data. EII is also a strong contender as we go forward.

Posted August 3, 2006 11:05 AM
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