Biography of Dario Bezzina
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Biography of Emiel van Bockel

Emiel van Bockel
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Biography of Stephen Brobst

Stephen Brobst has been on the faculty of TDWI since 1996. His expertise is in the identification and development of opportunities for the strategic use of technology in competitive business environments. Over the past twenty years Stephen has been involved in numerous engagements in which he has been called upon to apply his combined expertise in business strategy and high-end parallel systems to develop frameworks for data warehousing and data mining to leverage information for strategic advantage. Clients with whom he has worked include leaders such as Office Depot, Fidelity Investments, General Motors Corporation, Kroger Company, Wells Fargo Bank, Wal*Mart, AT&T Communications, Aetna Health Plans, Metropolitan Life Insurance, VISA International, Vodafone, Blockbuster Entertainment, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nationwide Insurance, American Airlines, Mayo Clinic, Walgreen Corporation, and many more. Stephen has particular expertise in the deployment of solutions for maximizing the value of customer relationships through use of advanced CRM techniques (including Web deployment).

Stephen has hands-on experience in benchmarking and data warehouse construction with every major SMP, NUMA and MPP architecture available in the industry today. Stephen has served as an advisor to the Transaction Processing Council in regard to design for the TPC benchmarks and was involved in the development of the DataChallange benchmark in cooperation with the Transaction Processing Council. He has also served on the Oracle VLDB Steering Group Committee and the Teradata User Advisory Board. Stephen has worked extensively on VLDB implementations with Oracle, DB2 (both zOS and AIX), Teradata, Netezza, Informix (both XPS and ODS), Sybase (both Adaptive Server and IQ), Microsoft SQL Server, Red Brick, Non-Stop SQL, and many other leading DBMS products. Prior to joining NCR, Stephen successfully launched three start-up companies related to high-end database products and services in the data warehousing and e-business marketplaces: (1) Tanning Technology Corporation (IPO on NASDAQ), (2) NexTek Solutions (acquired by IBM), and (3) Strategic Technologies & Systems (acquired by NCR).

Previously, Stephen taught graduate courses at Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in both the MBA program at the Sloan School of Management and in the Computer Science departments of both universities. He received instructor of the year award for two of his last five years in the MET Computer Science department at Boston University and continues to guest lecture frequently at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Stephen performed Masters and PhD research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his dissertation work focused on load-balancing and resource allocation for parallel computing architectures. He also holds an MBA with joint course and thesis work at the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Stephen completed his undergraduate work in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in just three years at U.C. Berkeley, and was awarded with the highest honor given to a graduating senior in the College of Engineering (Bechtel Engineering Award). Stephen is an elected member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, New York Academy of Sciences, U.C. Berkeley Alumni Scholars Association, and California Scholarship Federation honor societies. He is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE, Society for Information Management, and Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility. Stephen also serves as an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences in the area of IT workforce development.

Stephen has authored numerous journal and conference papers in the fields of data management and parallel computing environments and is an internationally recognized speaker (and practitioner) in the area of breakthrough systems implementation. He recently co-authored a book, Building a Data Warehouse for Decision Support, published by Prentice Hall PTR. Stephen is currently working on a second book focused on real-time data warehousing. He has been a contributing editor for Intelligent Enterprise Magazine and has published dozens of technical articles in The International Journal of High Speed Computing, Communications of the ACM, The Journal of Data Warehousing, Enterprise Systems Journal, DM Review, Database Programming and Design, DBMS Tools & Techniques, DB2 Magazine, Oracle Magazine, Teradata Review, and many others. Stephen has also served on the RealWare Panel for recognizing outstanding implementations in the field of e-commerce and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions.

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Biography of Henry Cook

Henry Cook
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Biography of Barry Devlin

Barry Devlin

Dr. Barry Devlin is a founder of the data warehousing industry and among the foremost authorities worldwide on business intelligence (BI) and beyond. He is a widely respected consultant, lecturer and author of “Data Warehouse—from Architecture to Implementation”. Barry has 30 years of experience in the IT industry, previously with IBM, as an architect, consultant, manager and software evangelist.

As founder and principal of 9sight Consulting (, Barry provides strategic consulting and thought-leadership to buyers and vendors of BI solutions. He is currently developing a new architectural model for fully consistent business support—from informational to operational and collaborative—Business Integrated Insight (BI2). Recently relocated to Cape Town, Barry works both locally and internationally.

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Biography of Teemu Malmi

Teemu Malmi
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Biography of Allen “Al” Messerli

Al Messerli
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Biography of Will O’Shea

Will O’Shea is the Technical Design Architect on a National Information Repository for a Healthcare provider and the worlds 4th largest organisation. He is an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) with experience gained over 20 years from working on multi (xx) terabytes systems across Financial, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals.

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Biography of Jason Perkins

Jason Perkins is currently the Chief Architect on a National Healthcare data warehouse for an international system integrator. He has over a decade experience working on multi million pound programmes on some of the worlds largest and most complex BI & DW platforms. He is an international speaker on large scale BI/DW having presented at DAMA, TDWI and Oracle conferences. His qualifications include being a TDWI Certified Business Intelligence Professional and DAMA Certified Data Management Professional.

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EWOC (rel. to Jason and Will) is a boutique consultancy specialising in delivering large scale business intelligence and data warehousing (VLDW) programmes. For further information please see

Biography of Thomas “Tony” Rathburn

Thomas “Tony” Rathburn

Biography of Hannu Ritvanen

Hannu Ritvanen on yksi kirjan: “BICC – Business Intelligence Competence Center” (Wiley & Sons, 2006) kirjoittajista. Hän oli myös kokonaisarkkitehtuurin osaamisyhteisön (KAOS) aloitteentekijöitä ja hän on TDWI Finlandin hallituksen jäsen. Hannu on ollut TIVI 100 vaikuttajalistalla vuosina 2005-2009. Parhaillaan hän viimeistelee väitöskirjaa aineettomaan pääomaan liittyvistä riskeistä. Aiemmin hän on työskennellyt tietämysjärjestelmien parissa. automatisoimassa päätöksentekoa liiketoimintaprosesseissa sekä liiketoimintakonsulttina. (Tämä kuvaus kirjoitettu kesäkuussa 2011)

Biography of Nigel Turner

Nigel Turner
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