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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

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The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse DBMS Servers, 2006 is out now and available at link. As the report itself says "NCR's Teradata server is the clear leader."

This report is just for the backend server used to house the data warehouse. And, of course, you never buy just that. You would also need to be comfortable with the DBMS possibilities for that server. For example, Teradata DBMS on Teradata. Initial cost, lack of openness and lack of low-end MPP mean that their placement does not directly translate to market share.

Interestingly, at the other end of the Ability to Execute spectrum is Netezza, which should gain acceptance as their customer base grows and Linux gains acceptance, both of which are happening.

These are the only 2 on the list where a specific and single DBMS is tied to the platform. Most companies start with the DBMS in their selection process of DW platform.

Posted September 7, 2006 1:22 PM
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I am not quite sure what this quadrant is trying to say. The quadrant says nothing about marketshare or performance. If you look at the ability to execute criteria pricing and customer experience are rated low. On completeness of vision innovation is rated low. The quadrant is based on viability of the vendor. If there was a quadrant on Gartner quadrants this one would be placed in the bottom left hand corner. It is about time that the market realized that these quadrants are useless and simply a way for Gartner to screw money out of vendors and customers.

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