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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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Who is interested in speaking at the Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence European Conference in London coming November? If you are, please fill in this call for speakers.


Last year, this event was a big success, more than 200 delegates showed up. Evaluations showed that the attendees were very pleased with the selected speakers (Bill Inmon, Barry Devlin, Neil Raden, Frank Buytendijk, Daniel Linstedt, and many more), the topics, and setup of the conference.


The 2010 edition is aimed at all aspects of data warehousing and business intelligence, including: trends, design guidelines, product overviews and comparisons, best practices, and new evolving technologies. And like last year, the conference is organized together with the highly successful Data Management and Information Quality Conference.


With this year's call for speakers we are trying to attract proposals for sessions on traditional and future data warehousing and business intelligence aspects. Delegates have expressed a preference for the use of case studies rather than theoretical or abstract topics. We would particularly like practitioners in the field to respond to this call for papers. We encourage new speakers to apply. Success stories - case studies where data warehousing and business intelligence have produced real bottom-line benefits are very much appreciated.


Example topics for proposals are:


  • Business analytics
  • BI in the cloud
  • Data modeling for data warehouses
  • The maturity of data warehouses appliances
  • Star schema, snowflake and data vault models
  • Selling business intelligence to the business
  • The relationship between master data management and data warehousing
  • Guidelines for using ETL tools
  • Developing virtual data warehouses with federation servers
  • The BI mashup
  • The need for Master Data Management in a data warehouse environment
  • BAM (Business Activity Monitoring) and KPI (Key Performance Indicators)
  • New database technology for implementing data warehouses
  • Who needs real-time data warehouses?
  • Business Optimization through BPEL, BAM and SOA
  • BI score carding
  • Customer analytics and insight
  • Text mining and text analytics
  • Open source BI
  • Corporate Performance Management


Looking forward to your call for speaker, and hope to see you in London coming November.


Rick van der Lans

Chairman of the Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence European Conference

Posted March 15, 2010 3:02 AM
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