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Rick F. van der Lans is an independent analyst, consultant, speaker, and author. He specializes in Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Service Oriented Architectures, and Database Technology



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Upcoming Events in English


 December 2-3, 2014: Business Intelligence, Big Data and Analytics, London, by IRM UK

 December 4-5, 2014: Big Data and Analytics International Conference, Rome, by Technology Transfer

 February 11, 2015: Swiss BI-Day, Geneva, Switserland, Swiss BI-Network Group


For a full list of sessions, click here.


Upcoming Events in Dutch


November 24-25, 2014: BI Symposium, Sogeti

November 26-27, 2014: Landelijk Architectuur Congres, (LAC) Nieuwegein, CKC seminars

December 10-11, 2014: Nieuwe Trends in Business Intelligence, Brussel, IT Works



Data Virtualization: Unleashing The Full Value of Big Data

Interview Data Virtualization Day 2013, New York 

New Rules for Enterprise Integration 

Lecture Series of five prerecorded sessions on Agile Data Integration for Business Intelligence

Claudia Imhoff interviews Rick van der Lans on Data Virtualization in BI Architectures

Claudia Imhoff interviews Rick van der Lans on Getting Started with Data Virtualization

Data Virtualization Day 2012: Presentation Highlight from Rick van der Lans and Wayne Eckerson

Short Introduction to Data Virtualization

BI Agility and Data Virtualization

Bridging the Gap: SQL and MapReduce for Big Analytics


For a full list of webinars and videos, click here.

Self-Service Operational BI for SAP, August 2014 

The New Generation of Self-Service BI, August 2014 

Data Vault and Data Virtualization; Double Agility, August 2014 

Enriching Big Data with Mainframe Data Using Data Virtualization, July 2014 

Making Mainframe Data Available for the Entire Organization with Data Virtualization, July 2014 

SQL-on-Hadoop Engines Explained, May 2014 

Re-think Data Integration: Delivering Agile BI Systems With Data Virtualization, March 2014

Discovering Business Insights in Big Data Using SQL-MapReduce, July 2013

Extending Business Intelligence with Text Exploration Technology, June 2013

Creating an Agile Data Integration Platform using Data Virtualization, May 2013

Empowering Operational Business Intelligence with Data Replication, April 2013

Is Pervasive PSQL a Relational Database Server?, April 2013

SAP HANA and Data Virtualization: Competitors or Complements? September 2012

Mixed, Shifting, and High-Concurrency Workload for Data Warehouse Systems, July 2012

Data Services, The Marriage of Data Integration and Application Integration, July 2012

Data Replication for Operational BI, June 2012


For a full list of whitepapers, click here.


 Self-service Software Missing from Operational BI Picture, October 2014

 Snowflake is a New SQL Database Server for the Cloud, October 2014

 QueryGrid is New Data Federation Technology by Teradata, October 2014

 Pneuron is a Platform for Distributed Analytics, October 2014

 Drowning in Data Lakes and Data Reservoirs, May 2014

 Explore and Discover Hidden Opportunities, May 2014

 VisualCue: An Alternative Way of Working with BI Dashboards, May 2014

 Selecting the Right SQL-on-Hadoop Engine to Access Big Data, March 2014

 Predicting the Future of IT is Very Difficult, March 2014

 Convergence of Data Virtualization and SQL-on-Hadoop Engines, February 2014

 The Battle of the SQL-on-Hadoop Engines, February 2014

 An Overlooked Difference Between SQL-on-Hadoop Engines and Classic SQL Database Servers, January 2014

 Data Modeling in The Age of NoSQL and Big Data, January 2014

 The Network is the Database; Integrating Widely Dispersed Data with Data Virtualization, January 2014

 Data and Reality, January 2014

 Exploring and Investigating Data with CXAIR, December 2013

 The Data Scientist at Work, October 2013

 Text Exploration: Analyzing Text without the Hassle, August 2013

 Data Virtualization: Where Do We Stand Today?, July 2013

 Big Data is Changing the Database Server Market, Juni 2013

 NoSQL: A Challenge for Data Replication, April 2013


Articles in Dutch


 Interview: 6 vragen over Big Data, Februari 2014


For a full list of articles, click here



He is the author of a series of articles on the Data Delivery Platform, a new and flexible architecture for developing business intelligence systems.

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