Mcknight Consulting Group / Discover Us

The Leader in Information Management

With a client list that is the "A list" of complex, sustainable, and successful information management, MCG has broad information management market touchpoints.

Our advice is an infusion of the latest best practices culled from recent, personal experience. It is practical, not theoretical.

We anticipate our customer's needs well into the future with our full lifecycle approach.

Our focused, experienced teams generate efficient, economical, timely, and politically sustainable results for our clients.

  • We take a keen focus on business justification.
  • We take a program, not a project, approach.
  • We believe in a model of blending with client staff, and we take a focus on knowledge transfer.
  • We engineer client workforces and processes to carry forward.
  • We're vendor-neutral, so you can rest assured that our advice is completely client-oriented.
  • We know, define, judge, and promote best practices.
  • We have encountered and overcome most conceivable information management challenges.
  • We ensure business results are delivered early and often.

MCG services span strategy, implementation, and training for turning information into the asset it needs to be for your organization. We strategize, design and deploy in the disciplines of Master Data Management, Big Data, Data Warehousing, Analytic Databases, and Business Intelligence.

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MCG was twice on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in the US. MCG is featured in Gartner's Market Guide for Master Data Management Service Providers.



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MCG is led by William McKnight. 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 and big data. 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 published hundreds of articles and white papers and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars, including TEDx. His teams’ implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. William is a former award-winning IT VP of a Fortune 50 company, a former engineer of DB2 at IBM and holds an MBA.

He is author of the books “Integrating Hadoop” and “Information Management: Strategies for Gaining a Competitive Advantage with Data.

William is the #1 global influencer in big data, #1 in data center, #1 in cloud, #7 in analytics (Thinkers 360), on the top list for master data management (Onalytica) and in the dataIQ list of the most influential people in data in 2024.


His breadth of experience with information management includes internal product development (source code), IT development, management, analyst and consulting roles. He has produced dozens of analytic models in production worldwide.

William has been involved in information management his entire career. He has led numerous client successes over a 30+ year career in data, including many for companies in the Global 2000. His unparalleled exposure to the market infuses ideas into client programs.

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 a regular contributor to Information Week. He was a 10-year columnist at Information Management Magazine, is a 100+ time speaker and multiple keynote speaker at TDWI where he teaches Data Maturity, NoSQL, Graph Databases, Business Intelligence Principles, Data Quality, Program Management, Data Governance, Data Architecture, Data Integration, Data Return on Investment, Agile Methodology, Organizational Change Management, Master Data Management and other courses.

He gives multiple keynotes every year at Enterprise Data World, TDWI, The Data Architecture Summit, the MDM & Data Governance Conference Europe, Datafest and more. He is former president of the Data Warehousing Institute Dallas chapter, has blogged for Erwin Data Modeling Expert Blogs, The B-Eye Network, Jaspersoft Technology Blogs, IBM Midsize Group, Business Analytics Collaborative and TDWI Upside. He is the author of the Agile, Big Data and In-Memory Solution Offerings at MIKE 2.0 – the Method for an Integrated Knowledge Environment, author of many online courses at ELearningCurve and Safari, author of the Data Warehouse and Big Data Certification Exams at ReviewNet, a member of the Boulder BI Brain Trust, on the Program Advisory Committee for NoSQL Now! and a 10-time expert at the Pacific Northwest BI Summit. William has taught at Santa Clara University, UC-Berkeley and UC-Santa Cruz.  William has consulted in 14 countries.

According to WorldCat, thousands of colleges, universities, and libraries use his publications worldwide. Google Scholar reveals that his work has hundreds of citations worldwide.


William is a mentor in information for startup accelerator Tech Wildcatters. He serves as a strategic advisor to many well-known and startup software firms. His investment clients have included a who's-who of the money management industry, both public-equity and venture capital.

William is an analyst for GigaOM Research and BWG Strategy and on the Big Data Advisory Board for SMU. William authored Cloud Analytic Database, Data Integration, Master Data Management, Multi-Model Database and Unstructured Data Sector Roadmaps, which compare the leading products.

William has a monthly webinar series, Advanced Analytics, at Dataversity.

William is the 2021 and 2022 National Age Group Champion for Hyrox Pro, The World Series of Fitness.

Read more and link to William on LinkedIn and follow William on Twitter. Contact William at [email protected].


With over 25 years experience in the information management field, Jake is the Lead Data Engineer at McKnight Consulting Group. He serves as the technical engineering lead on benchmarks, industry analysis, research, technical white papers, and field consulting projects. Within the firm’s benchmarking practice, Jake has architected, built, and tested data systems and solutions on over 50 different modern platforms and stacks including relational databases, data warehouses, data lakes, NoSQL/graph databases, API management, DevOps, SecOps, machine learning (MLOps), and natural language processing APIs in the cloud, on-premise, hybrid cloud, and containerized.

As an industry analyst, he has co-authored with William McKnight over 60 research and benchmarking reports, contributed to numerous white papers, and published a book. As a field consultant, Jake has led successes with nearly 20 companies from Fortune 500 corporations to small and mid-cap companies in a variety of industry verticals.

Prior to joining MCG, Dr. Dolezal was the Senior Director of Information Management at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma—the third largest Native American tribe in the United States with over 200,000 members worldwide. He championed and developed an enterprise-wide information management initiative from the ground up across the organization’s commercial, government, healthcare, social service and education divisions. He was also involved with the organization’s core CRM and ERP systems.

Jake earned his Doctorate in Information Management from Syracuse University—consistently the #1 ranked graduate school for information systems by U.S. News and World Report. He is also a Certified Business Intelligence Professional through TDWI with an emphasis in Data Analysis. In addition, he is a certified leadership coach and has helped clients accelerate their careers and earn several executive promotions.

Dr. Dolezal has a passion for teaching and learning as well.  He taught as a university lecturer in physics and computer information systems for over a decade and published several articles in publications like Information Management. He is also the author of the books “Integrating Hadoop“and “I Survived Stats: A Less Frustrating Approach To Help Students Survive and Pass a Statistics Course“.

Read more and link to Jake on LinkedIn. Contact Jake at [email protected].

The MCG team consists of expert information strategists, solid architects and tool experts. Our team is made up of functional and technical experts who focus on incorporating approaches, architecture and information technology solutions to solve complex business problems for our clients.


Our experience delivering information management in a variety of situations helps us recognize the unique needs of each client.

We have broad US coverage as well as travel-experienced consultants.