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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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Credit Celequest with bringing some much needed attention to the fact that much of business intelligence resides in the operational environment. They tried to popularize BAM (business activity monitoring), but eventually acknowledged it as just another form of operational business intelligence - the difference being the slight instantiation of data. Celequest then married this with the appliance model, offering an operational business intelligence appliance.

Cognos has been steadily moving in this direction for years, orienting itself to business performance management (BPM) and away from a data access tool for those multidimensional data marts hanging off of data warehouses. In doing so, Cognos has clearly extended its market. BPM is more parts operational than it is data warehouse. Celequest now gives Cognos another vehicle to extend its leadership in BPM and operational BI. The price is not revealed yet, but interestingly, it may have been Celequest’s relatively new SAAS business model that made them appealing. Overall, nice move by Cognos.

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Technorati tags: Cognos, Celequest

Posted January 17, 2007 8:24 AM
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On Wednesday, Cognos announced Cognos 8 Business Intelligence.

BI has been focused very highly on the high-end, big-dollar deals, as evident by some of the titan mergers recently. However, many SMB needs are more basic than this. They would like a product that is easy to learn and also easy to use and manage.

The model of the BI software industry seems to be about delivering more and more complexity, making business harder instead of simpler.

Cognos 8 is a nice step towards something that reverses this direction and also provides a simplified approach for SMB. They have consolidated formerly separate Cognos products - ReportNet, PowerPlay, NoticeCast, Metrics Manager and DecisionStream ETL - into a single product on a single server built on a services-based architecture. And it's zero footprint.

I applaud this approach.

I also suggest this is further evidence of the standardization of business intelligence around a finite set of vendor frameworks.

Posted September 16, 2005 1:20 PM
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