Rick Sherman is the founder and managing partner of Athena IT Solutions, a consulting firm based in Maynard, Mass., that provides data warehousing, BI and data management services. He also teaches BI and data warehousing classes at Northeastern University's Graduate School of Engineering, as well as on-site training courses for corporate clients.
Rick has more than 30 years of experience with data warehousing and decision support systems, 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 and BI projects from various sides of the table.
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.