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Rick van der Lans

Welcome to my blog where I will talk about a variety of topics related to data warehousing, business intelligence, application integration, and database technology. Currently my special interests include data virtualization, NoSQL technology, and service-oriented architectures. If there are any topics you'd like me to address, send them to me at rick@r20.nl.

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Rick is an independent consultant, speaker and author, specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence, database technology and data virtualization. He is managing director and founder of R20/Consultancy. An internationally acclaimed speaker who has lectured worldwide for the last 25 years, he is the chairman of the successful annual European Enterprise Data and Business Intelligence Conference held annually in London. In the summer of 2012 he published his new book Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems. He is also the author of one of the most successful books on SQL, the popular Introduction to SQL, which is available in English, Chinese, Dutch, Italian and German. He has written many white papers for various software vendors. Rick can be contacted by sending an email to rick@r20.nl.

Editor's Note: Rick's blog and more articles can be accessed through his BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel.

Let me begin my first blog for the BeyeNETWORK by saying: WOW! In the beginning of March of this year, my first article for the BeyeNETWORK was published. The article focused on the flaws of the classic data warehouse architectures. It was Part 1 of a series of articles on the Data Delivery Platform. I had expected it would attract some attention, but not this much. Right now, it is the most read article on the BeyeNETWORK. Therefore, WOW!

In a way, the popularity of the article makes sense. We have been working on classic warehouse architectures for so long. If something new is introduced, it always leads to reactions: some positive, some negative. But whatever the reaction, what's important is that it will make people rethink their classic architectures. Architectural decisions that were made more than ten years ago, might not be the right decisions anymore. Requirements have changed, and technology has changed, and new technology leads to new opportunites. Just remember the steam engine and the Internet itself. Both technologies gave us new opportunities.

On April 1 the second part of this series will be published. In this article, I introduce the Data Delivery Platform. Let's see what this article will do.


Posted March 30, 2009 2:33 AM
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Rick -

I think you have done the Beye Network readers a good service by shining a powerful light on the classic data warehouse architecture.

Like mainframes, data warehouses remain useful and continue to evolve for the better, many successful businesses and government agencies also apply other techniques such as virtual data federation to meet many of today's needs with greater agility and lower costs. Why constrain one's toolset?

I look forward your next article.

-Bob Eve, Composite Software

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