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Thomas H. Davenport, Professor of Information Technology and Management, Babson College Babson College
Tom Davenport, the author of several best-selling management books on analytics and big data, is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, a Fellow of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, and an independent senior adviser to Deloitte Analytics.
Don DeLoach, President and CEO, Infobright
Don has more than 30 years of software industry experience, with demonstrated success building software companies with extensive sales, marketing, and international experience. Don joined Infobright after serving as CEO of Aleri, the complex event processing company, which was acquired by Sybase in February 2010. Prior to Aleri, Don served as President and CEO of YOUcentric, a CRM software company, where he led the growth of the company before it was acquired by JD Edwards in 2001. Prior to YOUcentric, Don spent five years in senior roles at Sybase. He has also served as a Director at Broadbeam Corporation and Chairman of the Board at Apropos Inc. Don currently also serves on the Board of the Illinois Technology Association as well as the Board of the Juvenile Protective Association.
Don has a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mac Devine, Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, CTO, IBM Cloud Services
Mac has 25 years of experience with networking and virtualization. He became an IBM Master Inventor in 2006, an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2008 and has been a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology since 2009.
He served two years as the Chief Architect for IM System z Enterprise Software and two years as the CTO for IBM Cloud partnerships and client innovations within the IBM Corporate Strategy team.
Mac served two years as Director and CTO Cloud Portfolio within IBM Global Technology Services. He lead the technical due diligence for the SoftLayer acquisition, which lead to the creation of IBM Cloud Services Division. He co-authored Springer’s Handbook of Cloud Computing, which is used by colleges and universities.
Mac currently serves as Vice President of SDN Cloud Services and CTO, IBM Cloud Services Division, and as a faculty member for the Cloud and Internet-of-Things Expos.
Linda Luu, Design Thinking & Big Data Analytics, ThoughtWorks
Linda Luu manages the Big Data Analytics practice across North America for ThoughtWorks, a global technology company that provides fresh thinking to solve some of the world’s toughest problems.
Linda works in the intersection of customer-centered design and advanced analytics, and believes the best solutions are born from qualitative and quantitative insights. Linda has worked with a number of clients in Australia, North America, Canada, South Africa and Brazil, delivering compelling and engaging insights from data. Her application of data visualization techniques spans financial, health, and travel industries for both consumer and internal applications. Prior to joining ThoughtWorks, Linda led product development and innovation initiatives for Westpac, a leading Australian Bank.
Linda holds a double degree in Commerce (Finance) and Science (Applied Math) and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Connect with her on Twitter @lindakluu.
Bernard Marr, Chief Executive, Advanced Performance Institute
Bernard Marr is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, strategic performance consultant, and analytics, KPI, and big data guru. He helps companies to better manage, measure, report, and analyze performance. His leading-edge work with major companies, organizations, and governments across the globe makes him an acclaimed and award-winning keynote speaker, researcher, consultant, and teacher.
Ingo Mierswa, PhD, CEO/Founder/Member of the Board, RapidMiner
Ingo Mierswa is an industry veteran data scientist who started to develop RapidMiner at the Artificial Intelligence Division of the University of Dortmund, Germany. Mierswa has authored numerous award-winning publications about predictive analytics and big data. Under his leadership, RapidMiner has grown up to 300 percent per year over the past five years. In 2012, he spearheaded the go-international strategy with the opening of offices in the United States.
Paul Sonderegger, Big Data Strategist, Oracle
As Oracle’s Big Data Strategist, Paul Sonderegger works closely with executive teams in large organizations to help them understand how big data changes the way companies compete. He also helps Oracle’s big data product teams use real-world examples to influence future big data product directions. Paul is a highly sought-after speaker on the intersection of competitive strategy and big data, and is a contributing author at Data Informed and other technology publications. Prior to joining Oracle, Paul was Chief Strategist at Endeca, a discovery analytics company. Before Endeca, Paul was a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, specializing in search and user experience design. Paul has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University.
Puneet Suppal, AVP Product Strategy, Infosys
Puneet is a seasoned IT strategist and thought leader specializing in digital solutions. Experienced at leading global initiatives across multiple IT platforms, serving numerous verticals, Puneet specializes in driving business value by aligning people, technology, and business processes. He is currently focused on an integrated knowledge-based Artificial Intelligence platform with machine learning, natural language processing, knowledge modeling and automation capabilities including virtual agent technologies to drive innovation. During his career he has focused on technology-driven innovation with customers and partners that drives business and social advancement. In particular, he has been passionate about crafting solutions that leverage the Internet of Things, often to deliver actionable analytics to address data problems. Recognized as an authority within the SAP ecosystem and beyond, he frequently writes and speaks on the importance of focusing on business processes, as well as digital solutions. He can be followed on Twitter at: @puneetsuppal