Rick Sherman is the founder of Athena IT Solutions, a consulting firm based in Stow, Mass. Rick has more than 20 years of data warehousing and decision support systems experience, having built his first data warehouse and data mart in 1987. He has been designing and implementing relational databases for decision support systems for even longer, beginning with using Oracle in 1982. He has worked on more than 50 data warehouse and data mart implementations across many industry groups, sourcing data from a variety of business applications.
Rick's background includes a unique mix of software engineering, IT, project management, people management and consulting expertise. These varied perspectives have enabled him to view data warehousing from various sides of the table.
Rick enjoys working closely with customers to assess their needs and provide business solutions that improve their performance. Rick has been successful at building high-performance teams and managing people toward achieving common goals.
Prior to starting Athena IT Solutions, Rick was a director at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Previous employers include Digital Equipment Corp., Project Software and Development (MRO Software), Norton and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Rick has also been an independent consultant specializing in data warehousing. He has an MBA and a B.A. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has completed most of the course work for a Masters degree in Computer Science.
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Contributions from Rick Sherman, Founder, Athena IT Solutions
- Cloud databases less of a leap now, but hurdles remain
- A must to avoid: Data governance worst practices
- Columnar DBs, other technologies aim to speed analytics
- Tips on selling database projects to business users
- Understanding the latest data integration strategies an
- Understanding key data integration trends and business
- How to evaluate data warehouse software in five steps
- Data governance success: No pain, no gain
- Data warehousing appliances: Are they market breakers?
- Why you should build a data warehouse
- Is data integration the Achilles heel of SaaS?
- Data quality management: Follow the doctor's orders
- Data warehouse architecture: Extreme makeover
- Data warehousing strategy: Is training necessary?
- Do people really understand data warehousing?