Information Management

Information Management

Strategies for Gaining a Competitive Advantage with Data

1st Edition - November 30, 2013

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  • Author: William Mcknight
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124095267
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124080560

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Information Management: Gaining a Competitive Advantage with Data is about making smart decisions to make the most of company information. Expert author William McKnight develops the value proposition for information in the enterprise and succinctly outlines the numerous forms of data storage. Information Management will enlighten you, challenge your preconceived notions, and help activate information in the enterprise. Get the big picture on managing data so that your team can make smart decisions by understanding how everything from workload allocation to data stores fits together. The practical, hands-on guidance in this book includes: Part 1: The importance of information management and analytics to business, and how data warehouses are used Part 2: The technologies and data that advance an organization, and extend data warehouses and related functionality Part 3: Big Data and NoSQL, and how technologies like Hadoop enable management of new forms of data Part 4: Pulls it all together, while addressing topics of agile development, modern business intelligence, and organizational change management Read the book cover-to-cover, or keep it within reach for a quick and useful resource. Either way, this book will enable you to master all of the possibilities for data or the broadest view across the enterprise.

Key Features

  • Balances business and technology, with non-product-specific technical detail
  • Shows how to leverage data to deliver ROI for a business
  • Engaging and approachable, with practical advice on the pros and cons of each domain, so that you learn how information fits together into a complete architecture
  • Provides a path for the data warehouse professional into the new normal of heterogeneity, including NoSQL solutions


IT organizations/ vendors/consultants, DBAs, information architects, managers/directors of information management.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    In praise of Information Management


    Chapter One. You’re in the Business of Information

    An Architecture for Information Success

    The Glue is Architecture

    Workload Success

    Information in Action

    Judgment Still Necessary

    Chapter Two. Relational Theory In Practice

    Relational Theory

    Multidimensional Databases

    RDBMS Platforms

    Action Plan

    Chapter Three. You’re in the Business of Analytics

    What Distinguishes Analytics?

    Predictive Analytics

    Building Predictive Analytic Models

    Analytics and Information Architecture

    Analytics Requires Analysts

    Action Plan

    Chapter Four. Data Quality: Passing the Standard

    Data Quality Defect Categories

    Sources of Poor Data Quality

    Cures for Poor Data Quality

    Action Plan

    Chapter Five. Columnar Databases

    Columnar Operation



    Workload Examples

    Columnar Conclusions

    Action Plan

    Chapter Six. Data Warehouses and Appliances

    Data Warehousing

    The Data Warehouse Appliance

    Data Appliances and the Use of Memory

    Action Plan

    Chapter Seven. Master Data Management: One Chapter Here, but Ramifications Everywhere

    MDM Justification

    A Subject-Area Culture

    Mastering Data

    The Architecture of MDM

    MDM Governance

    Data Quality and MDM

    MDM Roles and Responsibilities

    MDM Technology

    Action Items

    Chapter Eight. Data Stream Processing: When Storing the Data Happens Later

    Uses of Data Stream Processing

    Data Stream Processing Brings Power

    Stream SQL Extensions

    In Conclusion

    Action Plan


    Chapter Nine. Data Virtualization: The Perpetual Short-Term Solution

    The History of Data Virtualization

    Controlling Your Information Asset

    Action Plan


    Chapter Ten. Operational Big Data: Key-Value, Document, and Column Stores: Hash Tables Reborn

    When to Yes NoSQL

    NoSQL Attributes

    NoSQL Categorization

    Key-Value Stores

    Document Stores

    Column Stores

    NoSQL Solution Checklist

    Action Plan

    Chapter Eleven. Analytical Big Data: Hadoop: Analytics at Scale

    Big Data for Hadoop

    Hadoop Defined

    Hadoop Distributed File System

    MapReduce for Hadoop


    Hadoop Distributions

    Supporting Tools

    Hadoop Challenges

    Hadoop is Not


    Action Plan

    Chapter Twelve. Graph Databases: When Relationships are the Data



    Centrality Analysis

    Cypher, a Graph Database Language

    Graph Database Models

    Action Plan

    Chapter Thirteen. Cloud Computing: On-Demand Elasticity

    Defining Cloud Computing

    Benefits of the Cloud

    Challenges with the Cloud

    Cloud Deployment Models

    Information Management in the Cloud

    Action Plan

    Chapter Fourteen. An Elegant Architecture Where Information Flows

    The Starting Point

    Plenty of Work to be Done

    Information Management Maturity


    Action Plan

    Chapter Fifteen. Modern Business Intelligence—Collaboration, Mobile, and Self-Service: Organizing the Discussion and Tethering the User to Information

    The Mobile Revolution

    Mobile Business Intelligence

    Self-Service Business Intelligence

    Collaborative Business Intelligence

    Action Plan

    Chapter Sixteen. Agile Practices for Information Management

    Traditional Waterfall Methodology

    Agile Approaches


    SCRUM and Methodology Themes

    Action Plan

    Chapter Seventeen. Organizational Change Management: The Soft Stuff is the Hard Stuff

    Organizational Change Management Work Products

    Organization Change Management is Essential to Project Success

    Action Plan


Product details

  • No. of pages: 214
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2013
  • Published: November 30, 2013
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124095267
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124080560

About the Author

William Mcknight

William is President of McKnight Consulting Group ( He is an internationally recognized authority in information management. His consulting work has included many of the Global 2000 and numerous midmarket companies. His teams have won several best practice competitions for their implementations and many of his clients have gone public with their success stories. His strategies form the information management plan for leading companies in various industries.

William is a very popular speaker worldwide and a prolific writer with hundreds of articles and white papers published. William is a distinguished entrepreneur, and a former Fortune 50 technology executive and software engineer. He provides clients with strategies, architectures, platform and tool selection, and complete programs to manage information.

Affiliations and Expertise

President of McKnight Consulting Group

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