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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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Quick update on my blog entry about IBM BI... Maybe we should consider Cognos more prominently in this equation. Back in March, when IBM unveiled DB2 Version 9.1, some vertical offering development was announced between IBM and Cognos. I was also reminded that Cognos 8 Special Edition was packaged with some IBM software.

As well, we are seeing the 2 pitched together more prominently in RFIs/RFPs.

I think it's important to be aware of market trends, especially if you are going to market for DW/BI solutions. DB2 shops who purchased Informatica in 2003-2004, and there are some, wish they had seen the Ascential deal coming for the tighter integration expected.

Posted July 11, 2006 12:22 PM
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With the Microsoft advances in SQL 2005, can the complex and more expensive offerings of the UNIX platforms, like IBM, maintain their position?

IBM, let's not forget, has yet to make their BI move. Who will it be? And will it be too late?

I consider Microstrategy, Cognos and Hyperion, in that order as candidates. Business Objects has made their own push to be positioned alongside the large players so I don't see them in play to IBM. IBM has a handle on ETL with its purchase of Ascential. Duplicate technology is always a problem in M&A since the acquirer doesn't want to pay for anything it already has. Cognos has an ETL tool, but it doesn't exist in the field, to my knowledge, outside of shops with the Cognos BI toolset. So, while a slight overlap, it's not fatal to a deal.

Unwanted technology can also be a problem in a deal unless the acquirer can find a way to want it. Application software does not appear to be an interest to IBM since it has only dabbled in it over the years. MicroStrategy several years ago abandoned its application software while Cognos and Hyperion are going headstrong into that market. Could this be a plus for a MicroStrategy option? Maybe. MicroStrategy has put out messages in the past of not being interested in M&A, but I have to believe that will or has changed.

What will happen? I don't know. Deals take much more than putting a puzzle together from the outside. Valuations, culture fit, personalities, priorities and timing all play a part. I believe a deal will get done, but the when and where remain to be seen.

Posted July 6, 2006 9:12 AM
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