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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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Recently in Oracle Category

I'll be speaking at Oracle Open World with Haidong Song, Principal Product Strategy Manager, Master Data Management, Oracle Corp and Gino Fortunato, Solution Architect, Oracle Consulting, on November 13 in San Francisco on the topic “Data Governance, Data Stewardship and Data Quality” and will attempt to clear up the interfaces and responsibilities between these concepts. 10:45 am at Marriott Nob Hill AB.

Posted November 1, 2007 2:46 PM
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It's official. Oracle has bought Hyperion for $3.3 billion. The main assets include Hyperion's enterprise planning system, OLAP engine and financial consolidataion product, the latter of which is widely considered best of its kind. Perhaps most important in this for enterprise data warehouse environments, where Oracle and Business Objects mostly are, is that it would appear now that Oracle is not buying Business Objects.

The Hyperion OLAP product could replace the Oracle OLAP component now in the Oracle DW stack. Oracle OLAP has been only modestly embraced by Oracle DW customers. On the other hand, the Hyperion tool has become more of a "data mart" in its environments. I wonder if Oracle will get behind an EDW strategy with Hyperion or continue the "mart excellence" approach that Hyperion has got the most traction with.

I can still see IBM buying Cognos (or Microstrategy). I also know excellent, experienced information management talent is being amassed at Hewlett Packard and would not be surprised to see an acquisition there as part of an impending market push to join IBM, SAP and Oracle in the BI race.

This acquisition, along with any others that happen between now and then (and that will happen in the future) will doubtlessly be points of conversation at the Pacific Northwest BI Summit.

Technorati tags: Business Objects, SAP, Hewlett Packard, Hyperion, Oracle,
data warehouse

Posted March 1, 2007 3:25 PM
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Open source databases are gaining recognition, whether it be stand-alone DBMS such as MySQL or embedded in data warehouse appliances. Oracle bought the open-source database company Sleepycat this month. Sleepycat open-source database is the Berkeley DB. Oracle has spent $19B acquiring companies in just the past 18 months.

Complimenting those well-publicized acquisitions that already have market share like Peoplesoft, Oracle is also acquiring technology that has yet to make much market splash, but has potential. In the database area, Oracle also purchased InnoDB in October. InnoDB is the transactional database technology embedded in MySQL.

IDC projects the embedded database market, where Sleepycat plays, to grow to $3.2B in 2009.

Posted February 18, 2006 12:36 PM
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Late last year, just before the holidays, Oracle announced it would treat core licensing differently than it has in the past - and more in line with competitors Microsoft and IBM.

Specifically, it will apply a multiple (less than 1) to the number of cores to determine the equivalent processor number for licensing purposes. These multiples appear to be .25 for UltraSparc T1, .5 for AMD/Intel and .75 for other multicore chip servers.

Oracle customers with these server technologies know that a core does not provide a processor level of service, so this pricing strategy should be viewed as more "fair" to these customers. If I recall right, chip makers went to dual- and multi-core strategies in order to more efficiently utilize fans and cooling because they run very hot.

Microsoft and IBM have been doing something similar to this with their DBMS pricing since early 2005.

Posted January 6, 2006 8:19 AM
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That's right. This press release uses "free" and "Oracle" in the same sentence. Perhaps feeling the heat from SQL Server 2005, Oracle has plans to release a free version of its database by year end to compete in the SMB market, suddenly becoming a concern in the BI marketplace.

Obviously, there are going to be limitations. The database is limited to 4 GB of data, 1 GB RAM and 1 processor. The goal is for this "express edition" to become a gateway to actual production-capable purchases.

Oracle and IBM need SMB stories to be considered full service. This is something that becomes more critical in a maturing market, such as what some indicators are suggesting we have with database management systems. Both have solid higher-end products. The only alternative to this strategy would seem to be acquiring MySQL. Interestingly, Postgres and Ingres were adopted already, but not to lower-end products, but to the higher-end products of Netezza and Datallegro.

Posted November 9, 2005 9:26 AM
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With the announcement that Oracle has agreed to buy Siebel today, Oracle will be no.1 in CRM solutions. I have spoke to several people this morning, including our Oracle expert and watcher Srini Sankar, about this acquisiton. We agree this clearly indicates that the CRM industry is going through major consolidation. In the last 18 months, Oracle has been checking off the list of companies to buy as it promised when it would was in court over the Peoplesoft acquisition. Here’s what Oracle has done:

1. Buys a majority stake in India's largest applications business, I-flex solutions Ltd
2. Buys Retail forecast software maker ProfitLogic
3. Purchased retail-software specialist Retek
4. Acquired Secure ID Software Provider Oblix
5. Acquired Peoplesoft
6. Acquired Context Media, a content integration company

To acquire Retek, Oracle went on a bidding war with SAP. This shows Oracle’s aggressiveness in acquisitions to position them as a leader in the industry. With these recent acquisitions it clearly indicates Oracle is pushing to be no.1 in the ERP suite market. None of these acquisitions have much to do with their stronghold database technologies. Their focus is on the Applications market. Oracle’s other targets could be:

1. Business Objects (BO)
2. BEA Systems
3. Hyperion Solutions

And the list goes on….

The acquisition of BO will be very fruitful and profitable for Oracle as it would advance their business intelligence analysis and query capabilities tremendously. The Discoverer tool looks up to BO in many categories. Similarly a BEA Systems purchase (tool Weblogic) would also be a key asset for Oracle’s growth as it would improve their Application Server technologies.

The game in enterprise software is to become attractive to Microsoft, Oracle, IBM or SAP.

Posted September 12, 2005 11:44 AM
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