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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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Perhaps the killer app for data quality improvement will come from the state.

Consider the numerous outside consumers of corporate information these days. It began a few years ago when data warehouses began being used for sharing information with suppliers, customers, prospects, vendors, etc. Why? Because they could. The data was there and some relative measure of data quality was being applied to the data, creating “good enough” data for those outside consumers. Though not first targets for the data warehouse, the data warehouse evolved to meet those needs. Coming on the heels of that is another potential level of consumer for not just data warehouse data, but potentially significant operational data – our government.

Now consider the last year of government solicitation of corporate data, much of it consumer-oriented and to the chagrin of civil libertarians and corporations alike. There are the public ones like internet search records and there are the company-by-company requests that information professional are working on fulfilling daily.

One day, if the government begins to treat corporate information as a state asset and grow frustrated with imperfect data quality in corporate submissions, we in information management could be living under a SOX-like environment.

Posted October 29, 2006 9:12 PM
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Compliance has become a very strong area where data warehousing and business intelligence can contribute to corporate goals. Everyone in a public company, especially in the financial industry, should be aware of how worldwide agreements and regulations such as Basel II and Sarbanes-Oxley are specifically driving more stringent operational risk management.

I just completed a white paper on using DW/BI to achieve compliance and manage operational risk. It's a complimentary download available here for anyone interested.

Posted August 29, 2005 11:41 AM
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