Owner, R20/Consultancy BV.  Rick F. van der Lans is an independent analyst, consultant, author and lecturer specializing in Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Big Data, Data Virtualization, and Database Technology. He is Managing Director of R20/Consultancy which he founded in 1987. Rick has advised many large companies worldwide on defining their data warehouse, business intelligence, and big data architectures. Lately, he has focused on big data and logical data warehouses.

Rick van der Lans is an internationally acclaimed lecturer. For the last thirty years, he has presented professionally, and has lectured in many of the European countries, South America, the USA, and in Australia. He has been invited to do keynotes at international events.

Since 2005 he is the chairman of the European Enterprise Data and Business Intelligence Conference (organized annually in London), and is named one of the big data voices.

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:

– TechTarget.com
– B-eye-Network
– Business-analytics.biz

He has written the following books:

– Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems
– Introduction to SQL (has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated in many languages)
– SQL for MySQL Developers
– The SQL Guide to SQLite
– The SQL Guide to Ingres
– The SQL Guide to Pervasive PSQL