Industry technology leaders will uncover the best and worse in the reality of use of new technology for business and IT, driving the discussion from real-world experience with new innovations in Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration and Mobile Technology.
Jim Ericson, Editorial Director of Information Management
Mark Smith, CEO & Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research
Tony Cosentino, VP & Research Director, Business Analytics, Ventana Research
Harriet Fryman, World Wide Business Intelligence Product Marketing, IBM
Tony is responsible for the business analytics research practice including business intelligence, location intelligence and operational intelligence, including business analytics, big data, cloud computing, business collaboration, mobile technology and social media. Tony is an expert in market research and business intelligence with decades of experience. Tony has helped business and IT use technology across marketing, sales and customer service and brought one of the first global deployments of a web-based architecture for Voice of the Customer (VOC). Tony has held research and consulting positions in the technology industry over the last two decades and worked at General Electric, TNS and Ipsos.
Tony is an accomplished author with his book titled Into the River: How Big Data, the Long Tail, and Situated Cognition are the Changing the World of Market Insights Forever. His work has been published in Business 2.0, Marketing News and many other publications. Tony has held research and consulting positions in the technology industry over the last two decades and worked at companies like General Electric, TNS and Ipsos.
Tony holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA with a focus in Business Analytics and Computing Systems (BACS) from the San Francisco State University School of Business.
You can find Tony on Twitter at @tonycosentinovr and on LinkedIn and reached via email at email@example.com and read his blog at tonycosentino.ventanaresearch.com.
Jim Ericson is responsible for identifying and aligning all areas of editorial content for Information-Management.com and its maintaining position as market leader in the information and data management, business intelligence and analytics arena. He is a thought leader in the information management industry and a primary contributor of features, interviews, blogs and editorial comment.
Jim joined SourceMedia in 2004 to head up industry standard publications DM Review and BI Review, which were later folded into Information-Management.com. Before joining SourceMedia he was editorial director and senior news editor at e-Business publisher Line56 Media, managing editor at MSNBC’s first online affiliate Internet bureau Washington D.C. affiliate and was a senior morning news producer for the NBC radio network. His mainstream news background enables him to speak directly with technology consumers and to address the issues of relevance for the end-user readership.
He contributes across topics bridging management, business processes and information technology in industries that include retail, manufacturing, financial services and health care. His stories have received awards from the American Society of Business Publishers and Editors and have been widely reviewed and excerpted in corporate, consulting and academic sites.
Jim is on Twitter at @jimericson and LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/pub/jim-ericson/2/736/323.
Harriet heads up market strategy for the portfolio of Cognos Software which spans dashboards and scorecards, reporting and analysis, real-time monitoring and what-if analysis, as well as collaborative and mobile BI. This includes global responsibility for the IBM Cognos family of Cognos Insight, Cognos Express and Cognos Enterprise (with the integrated capabilities of Cognos BI and Cognos TM1), as well as synergies across IBM with System z, PureSystems, Netezza, and Information Management.
Harriet is a 20+ year veteran in BI market, including 8 years in professional services on customer implementations. She is spokesperson and writer on emerging trends including Big Data Analytics, Cloud, and BI convergence with Social Software. Her passion is helping clients balance the analytic freedom they want with the management and control they need so they can make faster, more informed decisions to drive better business outcomes.
Mark is responsible for the overall business and research direction of Ventana Research and drives the global research agenda covering both business and technology areas. He defined the blueprint and methodology for improving business by using benchmark research to provide guidance across people, processes, information and technology. Mark is an expert in enterprise software and business technology innovations including: business analytics, big data, cloud computing, business collaboration, mobile technology and social media.
Mark started Ventana Research more than a decade ago; he has worked in the software industry for 25 years leading innovations in research and technology. Mark has held CMO, research and product development roles at research and software companies.
Mark was rated the 2011 software industry analyst of the year by The Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR). Mark is also ranked as one of the top ten technology influencers in 2012 by Human Resources Executive magazine.
Mark can be found on Twitter at @marksmithvr, on LinkedIn, on Google+ and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and read his blog at
Mark Smith, CEO & Chief Research Officer at Ventana Research, suggests that companies working with big data should steer the conversation away from the next, fastest contraptions and back to business value and the practical use of data warehousing.