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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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Many products are easy to categorize. It's a database server, an ETL tool, a reporting tool, and so on. But not every product. One such product is Pneuron. Initially you would say it's a jack of all trades, a Swiss army knife, but it isn't.

Pneuron is a platform that offers distributed data and application integration, data preparation, and analytical processing. With its workflow-like environment, a process can be defined to extract data from databases and applications, to perform analytics natively or to invoke different types of analytical applications and data integration tools, and to deliver final results to any number of destinations, or to simply persist the results so that other tools can easily access them.

Pneuron's secret is its ability to design and deploy distributed processing networks, which are based on (p)neurons (hence the product name). Each pneuron represents a task, such as data extraction, data preparation, or data analysis. Pneurons can run across a network of machines, and are, if possible, executed in parallel. It reuses the investment that companies have already made in ERP applications, ETL tools, and existing BI systems. It remains agnostic to and coordinates the use of all those prior investments.

Still, Pneuron remains hard to clarify. It's quite unique in its sort. But whatever the category is, Pneuron is worth checking out.


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