Hi, my name is Vincent Rainardi. I am passionate about data warehousing and BI. I work as a consultant (contractor) in data warehousing and business intelligence in London. I do a lot of work with Microsoft BI, Oracle, Informatica, BO. I also work with other DW/BI platforms including Teradata, Netezza, Spotfire and QlikView. I started working with data warehousing and BI in 1996 where I used Comshare Commander PRISM OLAP engine in a project for Toyota (on Oracle). I have designed and built data warehouses and BI for RBS, Barclays, UBS, Bluebay, Insight, IMS Health, Catlin, Lastminute.com, Veolia, Avery Dennison and Toyota. My background is physics engineering, and I was trained in investment banking, electronics, finance, SQL Server, Oracle, Teradata, .NET and of course data warehousing (TDWI).
I wrote a book about data warehousing on SQL Server platform, published by Apress in December 2007, titled “Building a Data Warehouse, with examples on SQL Server“. The book explains how to design and build a data warehouse on SQL Server, covering business requirements, methodology, architecture, infrastructure, data modelling, ETL, data quality, metadata, reporting and OLAP. In the past I wrote data warehousing & BI articles on SQLServerCentral.com but now I write on this blog instead. With this blog I intend to share my passion about data warehousing and business intelligence. I will be writing about Microsoft BI, i.e. SQL Server, SSAS, SSIS, SSRS, and also about data warehousing in general such as dimensional modelling and ETL architecture, as well as other platforms such as Oracle.
I have MCTS and MCITP on SQL Server 2008 BI and I have 2 MCPs on Database Design and Database Administration. In Nov 2009 I presented at sqlbits in Wales. It’s about creating cubes directly from operational/transaction systems (slides here). In March 2008 I presented Data Warehousing Data Modelling session at SQLBits4 in Manchester (slides here). March 2010: SQL Server 2008 Data Warehousing Features at SSUG in London (slides here). April 2011: Advanced Dimensional Modelling in SQLBits8 in Brighton (slides here)
Apart from doing data warehousing and BI (they are not only my job, they are also my hobby, so I also do it at night, week end, on the train to work), I enjoy spending time with my family, playing chess, renungan (life thoughts) and investing. See my blog on chess here, renungan here and investing here. I live in Cambridge (UK, not MA) with my wife and 2 children. You can email me at email@example.com. I welcome any discussion about data warehousing, chess, investing or life thoughts.
Vincent Rainardi, 27th Nov 2009 (last updated 2nd March 2015)