Rick F. van der Lans is an independent analyst, consultant, speaker, and author. He specializes in Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Big Data, Analytics, and Database Technology



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Streamlining Self-Service Business-Driven Development; November 2022

Modular Data Platforms for Centralized and Decentralized, Cloud-Based Data Architectures; October 2022 

Data Virtualization in the Time of Big Data; April 2022

 Master Data Management for and by Business Users, December 2021

 Logical Data Fabric to the Rescue: Integrating Data Warehouses, Data Lakes, and Data Hub, November 2021

 SingleStore: Simplifying Data Architectures with a Unified Database, July 2021

 Data Fabrics for Frictionless Data Access, April 2021

 Sustainable Data Architectures Using Data warehouse Automation, April 2021

 Explaining the Cohelion Data Platform: From Master Data-driven BI to Integrated Forecasting and Budgeting, November 2020

 Raising the Bar for Data Virtualization, September 2020

 Overcoming Cloud Data Silos with Data Virtualization, June 2020

 Modernizing Data Architectures for a Digital Age Using Data Virtualization, October 2019 (Portuguese edition)

 The Business Benefits of Data Virtualization, May 2019 (Japanese edition) (Portuguese edition)

 The Fusion of Distributed Data Lakes - Developing Modern Data Lakes, February 2019

 Unifying Data Delivery Systems Through Data Virtualization, October 2018

 Architecting the Multi-Purpose Data Lake With Data Virtualization, April 2018

 The Next Wave of Analytics - At the Edge, December 2017

Data Virtualization in the Time of Big Data, December 2017

Developing a Bi-Modal Logical Data Warehouse Architecture Using Data Virtualization, September 2016

Designing a Logical Data Warehouse, February 2016

Designing a Data Virtualization Environment; A Step-By-Step Approach, January 2016


Data Virtualization in the Time of Big Data, October 2022 

Interview by Den Norske Dataforening on Data-on-Demand Architectures at Make Data Smart Conference in Oslo, Norway, September 2022 

Simplifying Data Architectures with a Unified Database, July 2021

 How to Design a Sustainable Data Architecture with Data Warehouse Automation, May 2021

 Data Fabrics for Frictionless Data Access, May 2021

Cloud Database Systemen: een vergelijking, juli 2020

Overcoming Cloud Data Silos wih Data Virtualization, July 2020

Data Architectures for Data Science Using Data Virtualization, June 2020

10 praktische richtlijnen voor het ontwerpen van een data-architectuur, maart 2020

Interview: Modernizing Your Data Warehouse for a Digital Age, February 2020

Data Virtualization Experts Discuss Best Practices, November 2019

Five Hot Data, BI and Analytics Trends, April 2019

Maximizing your Information Assets; Building a Business Case for BI, April 2019

Developing Modern Data Lakes with Data Virtualization, February 2019

Are You Killing the Benefits of Your Data Lake?, May 2018

Podcast: Bi-modal and Data Virtualization, May 2018

Data Warehouse Automation: Hype or Reality?, June 2015

SQL niet geschikt voor Big Data? Toch wel! - Dutch

Heeft het logical data lake de toekomst? - Dutch


 The Multi-Hop Data Architecture Addiction, November 2023 

 APIs Constrain Organizations to Expoit Their Data, November 2023 

 MetaData, the Neglected Stepchild of IT, December 2022

 The Data Lakehouse: Blending Data Warehouses and Data Lakes, April 2022

 Use the Cloud More Creatively, January 2022

 Sustainable Data Architectures Through Data Architecture Automation, October 2021

 Do Unified Databases Make Polyglot Persistence Irrelevant?, October 2021

 From Data Warehouse Automation to Data Architecture Automation, June 2021

 Data Minimization as Design Guideline for New Data Architectures, May 2021

 Data Fabrics Need to Coexist with data Warehouses and Other Database-Centric Solutions, March 2021

 A Decentralized Master Data Solution using Data Virtualization, February 2021

 Streamlining External Data Acess to Enrich Analytics, December 2020

 The Data Mesh, the New Kid on the Data Architecture Block, December 2020

 Developing a Data Fabric, December 2020

 Making Big Data Easy with Data Virtualization, December 2020

 Data Herding Is Not Data Integration!, November 2020

 Benefits of Data Virtualization to Data Scientists, October 2020

 Becoming a Data-driven Organization Requires a Cultural Change, September 2020

 Cohelion, an All-in-one Data Warehouse Factory, July 2020

 How Do You Design New Data Architectures, July 2020

 Eight Data Virtualization Features to Help an Organization Become Data-Driven, June 2020

 New Data Architectures are too Data-Store-Centric, February 2020

 Data Virtualization and SnowflakeDB: A Powerful Combination, January 2020

 How Did Algorithm Become a Dirty Word?, November 2019

 Introducing: The Third Book to Ever Be Written on Data Virtualization, November 2019

 Spark and Data Virtualization: Competitors or Cooperators, October 2019

 Applications Come and Go, Data Stays, October 2019

 Data Modeling Considered Harmful for Big Data, October 2019

 Simplifying Big Data Projects with Data Virtualization, March 2019

 Easy Database Migration with Data Virtualization, January 2019

 Migrating Databases Made Easy With Aqua Data Studio, November 2018

 Data Virtualization and the Fulfilling of Ted Codd's Dream, July 2018

 Part 6: A Unified Data Delivery Platform - A Summary, June 2018

 Part 5: Requirements for a Unified Data Delivery Platform , June 2018

 Part 4: Big Data is Not the Biggest Change in IT, June 2018

 Part 3: How Siloed Data Delivery Systems Were Born, June 2018

 Part 2: Key Benefits of a Unified Data Delivery Platform, June 2018

 Part 1: Drowning in Data Delivery Systems, May 2018


 De logical datafabric is een flexibele data-architectuur, November 2022

 Dataminimalisatie in de praktijk, December 2021

 Dataminimalisatie: Het nieuwe ontwerpprincipe voor data-architecturen, November 2021

 De holistische aanpak voor het ontwerpen van een data-architectuur, November 2020

 De moderne data-architectuur, Mei 2019

 De nieuwe economie bestaat niet!, Januari 2019

 Heeft SQL nog wel toekomst?, November 2018

 Die eeuwige weerstand tegen nieuwe technologie!, Oktober 2018

 Onze man in Silicon Valley, Augustus 2018

 Self service analytics het grote BI dilemma, Oktober 2017

 Uitdagingen voor het ontwikkelen van data lakes, April 2017

 Wanneer is NoSQL nuttig?, Februari 2017

 OLAP-on-Hadoop in opkomst, Februari 2017

 De noodzaak voor flexibele, bi-modal datawarehouse-architecturen, December 2016

 Datavirtualisatie is NIET hetzelfde als datafederatie, December 2016








He is the author of a series of articles on the Data Delivery Platform, a new and flexible architecture for developing business intelligence systems.