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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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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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We're excited to announce that I'll be on the Exhibit floor at Enterprise Data World in Tampa April 5-9th. I will be part of the Consultant's Corridor.

Enterprise Data World (formerly known as the DAMA International Symposium & Wilshire Meta Data Conference) is the most comprehensive data & information management conference. It features 150 expert-led sessions and case studies covering the entire range of data and information management topics. Visit the conference website to learn more.

Come see me at the exhibits, or sign up for a 1-on-1 "Ask an Expert" appointment. I'll have appointment hours

 

Tuesday, April 7 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

 

To claim an appointment, look for the sign-up sheet in the conference registration office.

Technorati tags: data warehouse, Business Intelligence, enterprise data world


Posted March 24, 2009 10:59 AM
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I have 4 upcoming talks that I wanted to make you aware of.  Say hello if you're making it out to any of these.

"Understanding Master Data Management and the Benefits" at the North Central Oracle Applications User Group Training day on February 23 in Oakbrook, IL.

"Understanding the Benefits of Operational Business Intelligence" at the Dallas TDWI chapter on March 13.  

"Incorporating Syndicated Data into your Information Management environment" at Enterprise Data World April 7. Tampa, FL.

"Top 10 Mistakes Companies make in forming Enterprise Data Governance" at Collaborate 09, sometime May 3-7 tbd.  Orlando, FL.

Please support ongoing professional education.  As you may be aware, several conferences have cancelled and many have shortened their programs this year.  This is a good time to enhance skills, which is necessary in any economic environment. 

Technorati tags: data warehouse, Business Intelligenceenterprise data world, data governance, operational business intelligence, syndicated data, master data management


Posted February 13, 2009 9:52 AM
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Fall conference season is a wrap for me except for my virtual presentation next week for the online DAMA-NCR Wilshire Symposium "Leveraging Information Asset Management." I'm presenting "Incorporating Syndicated Data into your Information Management environment" on Wednesday, November 5 at 12:30 ET.

Observations from the field will continue in the blog.

Technorati tags: DAMA, Syndicated Data


Posted October 31, 2008 11:31 AM
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I'll be speaking on "Incorporating Syndicated Data Into Your Information Management Environment" at the Business Rules Forum in Orlando, FL on October 28.

Information Management is increasingly turning its focus to input that comes from outside of the company. These days, we can get much of the information we need through a reverse-append with a syndicated data provider. However, data providers make generalizations to balance the breadth and quality of the data, making this an imperfect science. This seminar will help you consider the tradeoffs (in breadth, depth and accuracy), how to architect for and wisely use external data.

Link: http://www.businessrulesforum.com/abstracts.php?id=292

Syndicated data, Business Rules Forum


Posted October 7, 2008 12:46 PM
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