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About the Author

Pindaro's exciting relationship with databases started with DBase III back in 1991, continuing with all versions of Access since early 1993, and working with MS SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and IBM DB2 for a number of years. From then on, he is still in love with all of them. After almost twenty five years, he still works with data, information processing, integration, and dissemination.

Pindaro is currently a faculty member of Information Systems at the business school of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York where he is teaching information systems, databases, and analytics since january 2000. Pindaro also worked on a myriad of database projects for organizations or in collaborative efforts between the University and various corporations.

Pindaro's interests in information science, data visualization, data warehouses, machine learning, and analytics focus on creating more efficient and flexible organizations. The idea is to accomplish more with fewer resources and in less time leaving a small footprint on the environment. Pindaro's education includes a BS from the American College in Thessaloniki Greece, an MS, MBA, and a PhD in the United States.

Nevertheless, the majority of the authror's experience came from participating in a multitude of industry projects. There, everything has to work efficiently, reliably and above all be acceptable by the people of the corporation. Theoretical knowledge, though useful, takes a second place in these cases. A solid application and strong promotion within the organization are the primary success factors. This is the main reason for which theory takes a secondary part in this book and when it does it is only to support a business task.