William functions as Strategist, Lead Enterprise Information Architect, and Program Manager for sites worldwide utilizing the disciplines of data warehousing, master data management, business intelligence, data quality and operational business intelligence. Many of his clients have gone public with their success stories.
William is an Ernst&Young 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 teams' implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. William is a former IT VP of a Fortune 50 company, a former engineer of DB2 at IBM and holds an MBA.
William has overcome numerous complex data acquisition and integration (real-time, sourcing, transforming, syndicated data, cleansing, POS/CDR/RFID source) issues and has hands-on experience with numerous leading MDM/OLAP/BI/ETL tools and database platforms. His breadth of experience with information management product set includes internal product development (source code), IT development, management, analyst and consulting roles. He has produced dozens of analytic models in production worldwide.
William founded and grew McKnight Associates, Inc. during 1998-2005 to placement in the Inc. 500, the Dallas 100 (twice) and the Collin (county) 60. He sold the company to a public firm in 2005. He is author of the book “90 Days to Success in Consulting."
William is the president of the Data Warehousing Institute Dallas Chapter, the longest tenured columnist at Information Management Magazine, a 70+ time speaker at the Data Warehousing Institute, a trainer at SetFocus in the Microsoft BI certification program, an expert blogger for Erwin Data Modeling Expert Blogs, author of the Master Data Management Architecture and Implementation course at ELearningCurve, a member of the Boulder BI Brain Trust, and an eight-time expert at the Pacific Northwest BI Summit.