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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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I was recently posed a good set of questions by Dan Lindstedt on MDM. I thought I’d share my quippy answers with you.

- Where do you ‘master’ the master data? Strategy: MDM hub feeding operational systems and the DW
- How do you model master data? Strategy: Like a dimensional model’s dimensions; hierarchical
- What master data do you distribute? Strategy: Break all master data into ‘subject areas’ and distribute full subject areas (changed data only)
- Does 3rd party data constitute master data? Strategy: Absolutely. If it’s not transactional and it helps to explain the subject, it’s master data.
- What style of MDM should we use? Strategy: It depends, but usually a hub has had the best value proposition so far.
- Use a tool or do homemade MDM? Strategy: It depends, but usually should be a more later-stage decision than it usually is

Technorati tags: Master Data Management, CDI

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