VLDB Solutions are an independent data consultancy based in the UK. We provide expert Professional Services to clients and companies across all sectors of business, from finance and leisure, to retail and telecommunications. Our hard-earned, industry-recognised knowledge, accrued over decades of working on data projects, enables us to provide the solution to any Big Data problem.
Our main area of expertise is high-end, Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) database platforms, especially Teradata and Pivotal Greenplum. However, our project history includes business functions as diverse as CRM, analytics, customer retention, and financial planning and forecasting — as well as delivering tailored, hands-on technical training— for clients from the UK, Europe, and the USA.
VLDB Solutions is privately owned and operated by highly experienced IT specialists with decades of experience in the data management industry. The company was founded in 2008 by Paul Johnson and David Agnew, after working together on client engagements since the late 1990s.
Paul Johnson — Managing Director (CEO) / Principal Consultant
Paul is responsible for VLDB strategy, specialist consulting and R&D, and is the main contributor to the VLDB Blog. Paul has been a Teradata specialist since the late 1980s and was one of the first individuals outside Teradata Corporation to achieve ‘Teradata Certified Master' status in 2001. Paul has also been a certified 'Netezza Professional' since 2003.
In addition to various published articles and papers, Paul has been a speaker at trade events such as TDWI and DAMA for over 10 years. His expertise in the high end data warehousing field were recognised in 2012 when Paul was made a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS).
Outside work Paul enjoys hang gliding, cycling, snowboarding, motorbikes and Everton FC. Some of these interests are more dangerous than others!
You can find Paul on LinkedIn here.
David Agnew — Consulting Director / Principal Consultant
David is responsible for the delivery of VLDB’s consulting and training services. With over 25 years experience of high-end data analytics, David, like Paul, is also a Teradata Certified Master. Prior to VLDB, he held senior positions at American Express and Great Universal Stores, and was also a successful freelance data warehousing consultant. David is one of the most sought after hands-on data warehousing consultants in the UK.
When you absolutely have to hit a tight deadline without dropping the ball on quality, David is your man. Clients such as Yodel, Genting, ShopDirect, Co-op, Vodafone, Barclays, and Lloyds can attest to his work ethic, attention to detail, and determination to succeed, no matter how long the odds may appear.
On the rare occasion that David leaves the office, he enjoys supporting Manchester United FC. David was actually born in Manchester, so that’s OK.
Take a look at David's LinkedIn profile here.
Richard Jackson — Operations Director (COO) / Principal Business Consultant
Richard is responsible for driving VLDB's growth through sales, marketing, and technology partner relationship management.
As the leader of VLDB’s sales and marketing operations, Richard delivers our vision, strategy and innovation by managing prioritisation, effective resource alignment and accountability across the company.
In addition to being a talented print and web designer, Richard has over a decade of e-commerce and digital marketing expertise.
Outside work Richard enjoys 5-a-side football, road and mountain biking, snowboarding, and Tranmere Rovers FC (no, really!).
Find Rich's profile on LinkedIn here.