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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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On November 17th at 2:00 ET, I will be giving a webinar on the B-EYE-Network with Mark Smith of Ventana Research titled "Justifying and Implementing Master Data Management for the Enterprise." You can sign up for it at this link.

Here is the abstract:
More complex and demanding business environments are forcing more heterogeneous systems environments. Data integration is required to synchronize master data to get a single, consistent view of an enterprise’s core business entities like customers, products, suppliers and employees. Effective master data for any subject area requires input from multiple applications and business units; and enterprise master data needs a formal management system. Business approval, business process change and capture of master data at optimal, early points in the data lifecycle are essential to achieving true enterprise master data.

-An introduction to Master Data Management, which enables data synchronization across the heterogeneous system environment independent of operational and analytic domain

-How MDM directly impacts the business through facilitating more accurate and timely business decision-making and improving application delivery ability, all at a lower cost

-How to organize the enterprise, both business and technical roles, for the determination and implementation of master data rules

-How to take the conformed dimension concept to earlier points in the data lifecycle through MDM Architecture choices

Posted November 9, 2005 9:52 AM
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It's time to reveal my side job: Being Murray on The Wiggles.


Posted October 28, 2005 8:38 AM
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I learned today that my former company, McKnight Associates, Inc., which I sold to CSI, placed 306 in the Inc. 500 for 2005.

This is quite an honor and I'm sure we'll get the appropriate press release out so I'll spare you from that verbage here.

My next challenge is to...

continue that growth with CSI.

Posted October 20, 2005 9:53 AM
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My company, Conversion Services International, marked a major milestone last week. Positioned on the platform overlooking the trading floor and surrounding by blue and orange balloons, Scott Newman and Glenn Peipert, company founders, reached for their golden gavels and together gave the American Stock Exchange opening bell several hearty strikes to officially ring in the day’s trading at 9:30 A.M EDIT on Monday. The opening bell ceremony served to commemorate CSI’s recent listing on the Exchange which began Sept. 21 (trading symbol: CVN).

We were listed over-the-counter until Sept. 21 and remain the only public company fully focused on data warehousing and business intelligence services.

You can view the event as well as an interview with Scott Newman live from the American Stock exchange by going to the AMEX web site:


and scroll down the page until you see “Bell Ringing Close up” and then click on Conversion Services International Inc. This will provide you the option of viewing the video with Windows Media or Real Player.

Posted October 9, 2005 6:20 PM
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I've received few phone calls and emails about the William McKnight in the news. Though mostly coming from people who know better, I thought I'd say here that it's not me folks.

Reminds me of a similar happening in 2002, shortly after I moved away from the San Francisco area and many people still thought I lived there (I live in Texas now.) That wasn't me either.

This one is me. And hey, it's just about this blog, nothing as exciting as aggravated burglary of a country star.

Posted September 24, 2005 8:10 PM
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