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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 spoke at the CDI Institute conference Monday and this question was on the minds of the attendees, many of whom were just starting off their MDM program.

Defining ownership as the entity that would actually come up with the rules for the sourcing, quality and presentment of the data, as opposed to the entity that would actually build the rules into the systems, my answer is Data Stewardship. Specifically, it's the business data stewards, who are representing the business rules to the IT/consulting build team for MDM. I have written extensively elsewhere about stewardship, but it is essential to MDM success. Hopefully those stewardship programs that were built for data warehousing can carry over to the MDM extensions many are now planning for their information management environment, as evidenced by the conversations I had on Monday.

Technorati tags: Master Data Management, CDI , Data Stewardship

Posted March 29, 2007 1:24 PM
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