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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.

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July last year, we organized the first edition of the Independent Analyst Platform (IAP). This event was attended by some of the most well-known independent BI analysts. Around that time, you might have seen many intriguing blog entries from various analysts who were writing about the sessions and publishing them real-time. Although I must admit, that some of the blogs focused on the weather; Phoenix, Arizona in July can be a little warm, although, as they say, it is a dry heat!

The idea of the event is to bring analysts and vendors together. Vendors get a chance to talk about their new technologies, their products, and ideas. And the analysts have the opportunity the ask questions. And trust me, 20+ analysts can ask a lot of questions, a lot of tough questions.

Coming July, we will organize the second edition; see www.independentanalystplatform.com. Many of the same analysts will be present again, plus a few new names. Various vendors have already signed up and have the bravery to present in front of this critical crowd.

I am looking forward to this event again. I don't think this event will go unnoticed to regular readers of the BeyeNetwork blogs. Again, on those days, you will see a tsunami of blog entries. But, as opposed to last year, now you are warned. Stay connected to the BeyeNetwork on July 7, 8, and 9 for all the content that will be published.

Posted April 17, 2009 5:07 AM
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