Top 12 Big Data, Analytics and Data Science Influencers of 2019BIG Data

The development of data and analytics influences too much in everyone’s life while driving growth and convenience in personal and professional space. The omnipresence of data, mostly behind the scenes, impacts the efficiencies and productivity of people on different levels. From education to entertainment to transportation data drives improvement in the services of many significant players.

If data empowers great variety in people’s lives, then who is behind the development of this whole pool? The data science and analytics experts are the ones who drive the development and growth in the potential and implementation of data. They keep the industry up-to-date with the evolution of data for the greater good.

Here is the list of top 12 Big Data, Analytics and Data Science influencers of 2019 who have been highly recognized and appreciated for their work and expertise.

Ronald Van Loon 

Ronald has been recognized as one of the top 10 global influencers in Big Data, Analytics, IoT, BI, and Data Science. As a recognized expert and thought leader in this field, he works with data-driven companies to generate business value so that they may meet and exceed goal after goal. He has been recognized for his work in the field of digital transformation by Onalytica, Dataconomy, and Klout. In addition to these recognitions, Ronald is also an author for several leading big data websites, including The Guardian, The Datafloq, and Data Science Central, and he regularly speaks at renowned events and conferences.

Merv Adrian 

Merv is the VP and an analyst at Gartner with more than 30 years of experience in IT. From programming to marketing and strategy, to IT market analysis, to research executive, he now focuses on helping IT users and vendors be more effective – with a market strategy analysis, best practice research, competitive assessment, message testing, and speaking engagements. Merv works with a goal to help buyers implement the right technology and practices to ensure that their time and money are well spent, and to help providers reach the right people with the right offering in the most cost-effective way.

Kirk Borne

Kirk is a Principal Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has been maintaining the spot of top tech influencer worldwide since 2013. He is a global speaker, consultant, astrophysicist, space scientist, big data and data science advisor, TedX Speaker, researcher, blogger, and data literacy advocate. He has formerly worked at NASA as well. Kirk’s specialities include public Speaking, Data Science, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Data Analytics, Big Data, X-Informatics (Discovery Informatics, Science Informatics, and more), Scientific databases, Scientific data mining, Computational-X (Computational Science, and more), Astroinformatics (Data Science for Astronomy), Observational Astronomy (ground-based and space-based), Computational Astrophysics, Project Management and Proposal-writing.

Bernard Marr 

Bernard is one of the world’s most highly respected experts when it comes to business performance, digital transformation and the intelligent use of data in business. In that capacity, he has worked with and advised many of the world’s best-known organisations including Accenture, Astra Zeneca, Bank of England, Barclays, BP, Cisco, CRH, DHL, Fujitsu, Gartner, HSBC, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Mars, Ministry of Defence, Microsoft, NATO, The Home Office, NHS, Oracle, Orange, Tetley, T-Mobile, Toyota, Royal Air Force, SAP, Shell, the United Nations, Vodafone, Walgreens Alliance Boots, Walmart, among many others. He regularly publishes articles on Big Data and Analytics on Forbes. LinkedIn has ranked Bernard as one of the world’s top 5 business influencers. He is a frequent contributor to the World Economic Forum.

Carla Gentry 

Carla is a self-professed data nerd who is also the owner of Analytical Solutions. In the past 19+ years, she has worked with Fortune 100 and 500 companies including but not limited to, Discover Financial Services, J&J, Hershey, Kraft, Kellogg’s, SCJ, McNeil, and Firestone. Acting as a liaison between the IT department and the Executive staff, she is able to take huge complicated databases, decipher business needs and come back with intelligence that quantifies spending, profit and trends. Carla is a curious Mathematician/Economist who believes in that ‘knowledge is power and companies are now acknowledging its importance.

Vincent Granville 

Vincent is the Co-founder and the Executive Data Scientist at Data Science Central. He is a data science pioneer, author, patent owner, CEO, investor, with broad spectrum of domain expertise, technical knowledge, and proven success in bringing measurable added value to companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100, across multiple industries (finance, Internet, media, IT, security) and domains (data science, operations research, machine learning, AI, computer science, business intelligence, IoT). He created the first IoT platform to automate growth and content generation for digital publishers, using a system of API’s for machine-to-machine communications, involving Hootsuite, Twitter, and Google Analytics.

Marcus Borba 

Marcus is a big data, analytics, and data science consultant and advisor. He works as a consultant and tech expert who is passionate about innovation and digital transformation. Marcus has more than three decades of in-depth information technology experience, and more than 20 years of experience developing data-driven solutions for companies. He is recognized as one of the top Global Influencers and Thought Leaders in Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and Digital Transformation.

Cindi Howson 

Cindi is business intelligence, data and analytics expert with 20+ years’ experience. Cindi joined ThoughtSpot in 2019 as Chief Data Strategy Officer. From 2015 to 2019, Cindi served as Vice President in Data and Analytics at Gartner. She led the analytics and BI Magic Quadrant, with research in data for good, NLP/BI Search, and augmented analytics. Prior to this, she was the founder of BI Scorecard, a resource for in-depth product reviews based on exclusive hands-on testing, a contributor to Information Week, and the author of several books. She has been recognized as one of the top analytics and BI influencers by Onalytica, Simplilearn, Solutions Review, and other industry watchers.

Judith Hurwitz 

Judith is the President and CEO at Hurwitz and Associates. She is a thought leader, industry analyst and consultant focused on emerging technologies. Judith provides strategy and direction to buyers and sellers of technologies that help provide differentiation for the future. She is the author of eight books including Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics, Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Chance into Success, and six Dummies books (including Big Data, Hybrid Cloud, Service Management, Service-Oriented Architectures). Judith is also a frequent speaker at technology conferences and advisory boards.

Carlie Idoine 

Carlie is an accomplished IT professional with more than 25 years of experience in both business analytics and data science providing a unique blend of business and industry knowledge in successful efforts to integrate new technologies into effective business solutions. She is the Research Director for Business Analytics and Data Science for IT leaders. Her experience includes design, implementation and communication of an enterprise analytics strategy and comprehensive analytics program, evaluation and management of enterprise analytics and data science software portfolios, business needs analysis, analytic tool and process support, custom business analytics and data science solution analysis, design and development, training development and instruction, and application of advanced analytics to complex business problems.

Doug Laney 

Doug is a Vice-President and Distinguished Analyst, as well as the Chief Data Officer of the Research and Advisory team at Gartner. He is considered as a force in the Big Data field and the author of the new book Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage and Measure Information as an Asset for Competitive Advantage. His specialties include information economics, innovating with information, big data challenges, opportunities and strategy, information products, information management, data warehousing, data quality/governance, market and competitive intelligence/strategy, project methodology design and development, business analytics and public speaking and writing.

Ben Lorica

Ben is currently the Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media, Inc., and the Program Chair of Strata and the A.I. Conference and TensorFlow World. He has applied Business Intelligence, Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis in a variety of domains including Financial Engineering, Direct Marketing, Consumer and Market Research, Targeted Advertising, Search Marketing, Web Analytics, and Text Mining. His background includes stints with an investment management company, internet startups, and financial services. Lorica hosts The O’Reilly Data Show podcast; he also blogs on data, technology, and culture at The Gradient Flow. 

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