Neil Raden: Founder of Hired Brains. Neil is an active consultant, industry analyst, speaker and author. His articles appear in industry magazines, he is the author of dozens of sponsored white papers for vendors and other organizations. He has contributed to numerous books and is the co-author of Smart (Enough) Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions. You can read Neil’s blog here. Neil can also be found on SlideShare.
A frequent contributor to local, regional, and international conferences and author of A Business Intelligence Architecture for Small and Midsize Enterprises: an Executive Guide and The Vault Unleashed, a business intelligence novel, Jim Raper brings over forty years of hands on analyst, designer, builder, and architect experience to the business intelligence and data warehouse arena. Since retiring from the City of Charlotte’s Information Technology staff in 2014, where he headed the Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse initiatives, Jim continues to research cost effective alternatives in the BI/DW arena.
Ali Rebaie: is a thought leader in big data and Independent Analyst & Consultant at Rebaie Analytics Group. Ali appeared in several lists of “Who’s Who in Big Data”. As a mentor at OKFN School of Data, he aims at spreading data skills globally and educate on the use of big data for public good. Ali is a frequent speaker at international conferences and regularly trains on data journalism & visualization. He also led and developed several technology projects in Business Intelligence, m-health, and analytics and worked for clients in the Fortune 500. He also provides organizations with a vendor-neutral selection of business intelligence & big data technologies and advice on big data and Information Management strategy and architecture.
Fifteen years’ experience leading and performing customer related analytical projects from discovery through implementation for major industries and companies. A background in business, statistics, finance, digital and data/systems management.
Ken Rowley: Founder and Managing Director of Toronto-based MarketFactor. Through an independent consulting practice Ken and his associates specialize in market positioning, sales performance and operational business improvement. With a background in sales and marketing management in BI, MarketFactor uses a range of sales and branding methodologies, combined with data analytics and BI tools, to bring clarity to our clients’ decision making and business transformation. Ken has over 25 years of expertise in game-changing IT technologies representing BI products since 1997 that include: Brio, Hyperion, Cognos, Business Objects and Informatica. MarketFactor’s focus is helping companies use analytic tools to better understand where they are today, and to build strategies for sales acceleration driving exponential growth.
Chuck Russell: Co-founder and Senior Partner at Collective Intelligence Inc, an information technology consulting firm located in Harrisburg, PA. Mr. Russel focuses on Business Intelligence, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Knowledge Management and Mobile Tech. Prior to Collective Intelligence, he co-founded Infobuild Networks, Peak Technologies, and Innovative Desktop. See his blog at http://www.ikicstart.org.
Terry Rylander: Principal of Advanced Marketing Colleteral, Terri has over 15 years experience in business intelligence, specializing in the business side of BI where she is passionate about ensuring BI solutions drive actual business value. She has been on both the technical and business side, in roles from web application developer to Director of BI. She was one of the first to establish a formal Business Intelligence Competency Center in a Fortune 200 company. Today, she runs her own marketing business for business intelligence and high tech companies, leveraging her insights as a former customer.