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Who is Rick F. van der Lans?

Rick van der Lans is a highly-respected independent analyst, consultant, author, and internationally acclaimed lecturer specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence, big data, and database technology.

He has presented countless seminars, webinars, and keynotes at industry-leading conferences. For many years, he has served as the chairman of the annual European Enterprise Data and Business Intelligence Conference in London and the annual Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Summit in The Netherlands.

Rick helps clients worldwide to design their data warehouse, big data, and business intelligence architectures and solutions and assists them with selecting the right products. He has been influential in introducing the new logical data warehouse architecture worldwide which helps organizations to develop more agile business intelligence systems.

Over the years, Rick has written hundreds of articles and blogs for newspapers and websites and has authored many educational and popular white papers for a long list of vendors. He was the author of the first available book on SQL, entitled including Introduction to SQL, which has been translated into several languages with more than 100,000 copies sold. More recently, he published his book Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems.

He is ambassador of Kadenza. Kadenza is a Dutch consultancy company specializing in business intelligence, data management, big data, data warehousing, data virtualization, and analytics. In this parttime role, Rick works closely together with the consultants of Kadenza in many projects. Their joint experiences and insights are shared in seminars, webinars, blogs, and whitepapers.

He presents seminars, keynotes, and inhouse sessions on the following topics:

  • Big data and analytics
  • Data virtualization
  • The logical data warehouse
  • Data warehousing and business intelligence

He has written numerous successful whitepapers for several vendors, including Actian, Cisco, Embarcadero, Inergy, Informatica, Information Builders, MapR Technologies, RedHat, Rocket Software, Stonebond, Talend, and Teradata.

He has published blogs for the following websites:

He has written the following books:

Rick is one of the early members of the BBBT (Boulder Business Intelligence Brain Trust) whose mission it is to leverage business intelligence for industry vendors, for its members, who are independent analysts and experts, and for its subscribers, who are practitioners.

He was a member of the international standardization committee for SQL.