Nigel Pendse is the lead author of The OLAP Report and The BI Survey, and is a consultant and speaker on a variety of OLAP and BI-related subjects. Before becoming independent, he had worked as a user of BI products and then in a variety of roles as a BI vendor since 1973. He has a master’s degree in nuclear reactor engineering from Imperial College, London. Since 1995, he has done work for over 40 vendors, but he is independent of both software vendors and consulting firms. He has helped with product and marketing strategy, functionality, positioning, pricing, partnerships, etc. He also sometimes advises investment firms and VCs planning to invest in BI vendors. To ensure neutrality, he does not invest or trade in any BI vendors, and turns down any work that would lead to a conflict of interest (for example, invitations to serve on the boards of OLAP companies). He also writes occasional articles for publications such as DM Review, the late lamented Byte and Datamation, and very occasional vendor white papers. However, he does not allow his name to be associated with any marketing materials or white papers that promote a single vendor’s products. He has spoken as an independent industry analyst at many conferences all over the world and is popular for his forthright, irreverent views. Having worked for many years in sales, marketing and product management roles as a vendor, he has a strong insight into the truth (or otherwise) of vendor hype, and is never afraid to burst any bubbles.
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