Rachel Higham - SVP & CIO, Chief Enterprise Architect, ACE Group

Photo of Rachel Higham As Chief Enterprise Architect, Rachel leads the development of the long term architectural vision and technology strategy for the ACE Group of companies. Her team defines the technology solutions for all projects in the global portfolio and creates the roadmap for the technology, application, integration, infrastructure, security and data domains. Rachel also chairs technology governance and manages the innovation, research and development processes and activities for the Group.Prior to joining ACE, Rachel held various technology and portfolio leadership roles with HSBC, Marks and Spencer and ABN Amro. Rachel is also a trustee of the Bluecoat, Europe’s oldest contemporary art centre located in Liverpool.

Beth Schultz - Editor in Chief, AllAnalytics.com

Photo of Beth Schultz Beth Schultz is editor in chief of AllAnalytics.com, a community website for analytics, business, and IT professionals involved in data-related disciplines such as data management, business intelligence, and advanced analytics. She oversees a host of external bloggers, guides community discussions, and provides thought leadership through regularly appearing radio and video chat programs. Prior to joining All Analytics, Beth brought her expertise to bear writing thought-provoking editorial and marketing materials on a variety of technology topics for leading IT publications and industry players. Earlier, she oversaw multimedia content development, writing and editing for special feature packages at Network World. In particular, she focused on advanced IT technology and its impact on business users and in so doing became a thought leader on the revolutionary changes remaking the corporate datacenter and enterprise IT architecture. Beth has a keen ability to identify business and technology trends, developing expertise through in-depth analysis and early-adopter case studies. Over the years, she has earned more than a dozen national and regional editorial excellence awards for special issues from American Business Media, American Society of Business Press Editors, Folio.net, and others.

Seth Grimes - President and Principal Consultant, Alta Plana

Photo of Seth Grimes Seth Grimes is the leading industry analyst covering text
analytics and sentiment analysis and a frequest UBM TechWeb contributor.
He founded Washington-based Alta Plana Corporation [link:
http://altaplana.com/], an IT strategy consultancy, in 1997. Follow him on
Twitter at @SethGrimes [link: http://twitter.com/sethgrimes].

Raymie Stata - CEO, Altiscale

Photo of Raymie Stata Raymie comes to Altiscale from Yahoo!, where he was Chief Technical Officer. At Yahoo, he played an instrumental role in algorithmic search, display advertising, and cloud computing. He also helped set Yahoo’s Open Source strategy and initiated its participation in the Apache Hadoop project. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Raymie founded Stata Laboratories, maker of the Bloomba search-based e-mail client, which Yahoo! acquired in 2004. He has also worked for Digital Equipment’s Systems Research Center, where he contributed to the AltaVista search engine. Raymie received his PhD in Computer Science from MIT in 1996.

Jeremiah Peschka - Founder, Brent Ozar Unlimited

Photo of Jeremiah Peschka Jeremiah Peschka solves data problems using SQL Server, Riak, Hadoop, and other database tools. He has over a decade of experience with performance tuning and scalability database. Jeremiah is a Microsoft MVP; MCITP for SQL Server 2005 – 2012; develops the .NET Riak client; and is a Cloudera Certified Developer for Apache Hadoop. He’s also a big fan of coffee.

Sam Bisbee - CXO, Cloudant

Photo of Sam Bisbee Sam is a developer, entrepreneur, and consultant. He’s the CXO at Cloudant during the day and hacker of side projects at night, both of which are usually open source.

Seth Robinson – Director of Technology Analysis, CompTIA

Photo of Seth Robinson Seth Robinson is currently the director of technology analysis for CompTIA, the leading trade association for the IT industry. Previously, he spent 10 years in processor development at IBM, building the chips for the Xbox360, PS3, and Wii U. In his current role, he analyzes technology trends in the IT industry and provides insight into trend drivers and future direction. Seth has led research studies on cloud computing, mobility, Big Data, and IT security, among other areas. He has been cited in various media outlets, including Wall Street Journal and USA Today, for his thoughts on how businesses are using technology and how the role of IT is changing.

Robert Roser - PhD, Head, Scientific Computing Division, Fermilab

Robert (Rob) Roser is an experimental particle physicist and is currently a senior member of the scientific staff at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Americas premier particle physics laboratory located just west of Chicago Illinois.

Rob is currently head of the Scientific Computing Division where he is responsible for ensuring that the scientific programs at the lab have the computing hardware, software, data acquisition and electronics support that they need to be successful. He is responsible for the operations as well as the computing strategy that will meet the needs of both the current and future ambitious experimental endeavors.
(Fermilab’s data center currently has a 4.5MW capacity with the ability to currently house in excess of 400 petabytes of data).

Prior to this, Rob led the premier colliding beam experiment at Fermilab’s Tevatron Accelerator for much of the last decade. This collaboration of >700 scientists from 60 academic institutions scattered across 15 countries is best known for the discovery of the Top Quark, and, along with its sister experiment D-Zero, found first evidence of the long sought after Higgs Boson.

Dr. Roser received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Connecticut and his PhD from the University of Rochester. He was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign before joining the laboratory as a Wilson Fellow. He is a member of numerous scientific advisory panels, is a fellow of the American Physical Society and is the author of over 600-refereed publications. He currently resides in Elburn Illinois with his wife and two spoiled Brittany pup’s.


Virendra Vase - CTO, Klout

Photo of Virendra Vase Virendra is currently CTO @ Klout where he is responsible for all the technology and operations, where there are billions of social media signals being processed daily. Virendra has over 20 years of experience in fast moving, entrepreneurial online businesses. Virendra was COO at Zinio, a Mobile technology company. Prior to that he was instrumental in the sale of Jigsaw to Salesforce.com in 2010 where as VP, Engineering he oversaw all engineering and operations. Before joining Jigsaw, Vase was Vice president of engineering in Yahoo!’s Search & Advertising Technology division, responsible for its Y!CRM platform, Small Medium business group and business intelligence initiatives. He has held key executive positions at MetaReward/Experian, Responsys and AdKnowledge, a division of Engage Inc.
Virendra received his MS in computer engineering from Clemson University and BS in electrical engineering from Pune University in India.

Matthias Roggendorf - Ph.D, Associate Principal, McKinsey

Photo of Matthias Roggendorf Matthias Roggendorf is a Senior Expert in McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office (BTO), where he focuses on big data strategy. He has ten years of industry experience in data and analytics transformations. In his current role, he helps clients around the world to develop roadmaps for extracting value from big data and building the organizational and technological capabilities to do so. He also draws on his deep expertise in data technologies and architecture, data governance, and data life cycle management as a leader of McKinsey’s Data Transformation service line. He received a PhD in information systems from the University of Auckland, Australia, and a master’s from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

W.K. Cash Forshee - Senior Vice President, Business Development, Medalogix

W.K. Cash Forshee joined the Medalogix team in 2013. As senior vice president of business development, Forshee works closely with health care leaders to ensure Medalogix’s development is aligned with the evolving needs of the industry.Prior to Medalogix, Forshee served as the sales acceleration office director at HealthStream, a Nashville based health care technology company. During his three years at HealthStream, Forshee developed new technologies to support the company’s sales procedures. In addition, Forshee is responsible for planning and facilitating the organization’s 2013 national meeting, which recorded the highest satisfactions rates in the company’s history.
Forshee graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in business and sociology.

Joseph Galarneau - CEO and Founder, Mezzobit

Joseph Galarneau is founder and CEO of Mezzobit, a New York-based start-up that offers tools for digital publishers to manage data collection on web and mobile properties and securely exchange information with vendors. He also founded DataNeutrality.org, a non-profit organization created to set standards of socially responsible data collection.

Prior to Mezzobit, Joe was chief product officer for NewsRight, a consortium of 29 major media companies to create a global marketplace for news content and data. Previously, Joe served as chief operating officer and digital general manager of The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company and was chief technology officer for two leading online brands.

A frequent speaker on digital media, Joe is a founding academic advisor for the Yale University Publishing Course, and was an adjunct faculty member at New York University, where he taught digital product management and web analytics. He frequently teaches digital media internationally, having visited China, India, and Eastern Europe to deliver dozens of seminars to media managers.


Johna Till Johnson - President and Senior Founding Partner, Nemertes Research

Johna Till Johnson is President and Senior Founding Partner of Nemertes Research, where she sets research direction and works with strategic clients. She has decades of experience in technology design, deployment, and operations. Under her leadership, Nemertes has emerged as a leading trusted advisor to Fortune-50 and other world-class organizations.

A widely regarded expert, Johna regularly speaks at numerous trade shows, conferences, and seminars, including Navigator360, IDG’s IT Roadmap, and Interop. She also writes an incisive column in Network World.
Johna draws upon diverse experience prior to founding Nemertes in 2002. She served as chief technology officer (CTO) at Greenwich Technology Partners, an infrastructure consulting and engineering firm; headed the Global Networking Strategies Service business unit of META Group; and oversaw the lab-testing program at Data Communications magazine. She also has designed and developed security, speech-synthesis, and free-space laser products at companies including Mosler Security Systems and Digitus Corp.

Johna holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering/computer science (BSEE/CS) from The Johns Hopkins University, has conducted graduate work in nuclear and particle physics at the University of Rochester, speaks three languages, and has published a science fiction novel. In her spare time, Johna is an avid urban kayaker.


John Burke - Principal Research Analyst, Nemertes Research

John Burke is a Principal Research Analyst with Nemertes Research, where he advises key enterprise and vendor clients, conducts and analyzes primary research, and writes thought-leadership pieces across a wide variety of topics. John leads research on big data, including data management and information lifecycle management, analytics and visualization. He also leads coverage of private cloud, private cloud infrastructure, and network, server and storage virtualization, as well as IaaS, PaaS, and cloud management; and the security associated with all of these. His other areas of expertise include: network and application performance management, branch office IT, Application Delivery Optimization (ADO), including WAN optimization, application delivery controllers, and other network-based performance optimization.

As research analyst and consultant, John draws on his past experience as a practitioner and director of IT to better understand the needs of IT executives and the challenges facing vendors trying to sell to them. His experience has given him broad and deep knowledge in computing, communications, and IT management.

John’s experience centers around high-level IT management positions in higher education. He directed the staff in the voice and data network, desktop support, and systems management groups at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul). John also worked in IT management and systems and network administration posts at The College of St. Catherine (St. Paul). He has experience in the application of technology at The Johns Hopkins University, where he supported the engineering faculty in its use of IT in research and teaching.

As an established speaker, John has appeared as presenter and moderator at Interop, IDG’s IT Roadmap and Tech Target events, as well as private events for Cisco, AT&T, and other vendors, around subjects including the new data center and the private cloud, desktop and server virtualization, security, optimization, and information stewardship. John writes frequently for Network World, Tech Target, and other media sources.

John holds a masters degree in the history of science and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, both from The Johns Hopkins University. He devotes his spare time to family, urban gardening, bird watching, and wild mushroom hunting.


Paul Barth - PhD, Founder and Managing Partner, NewVantage Partners

Paul Barth co-founded NewVantage Partners in 2001. Paul is a recognized thought-leader and practitioner in leveraging information as a strategic asset and in best practices in data management. The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Review, Forbes and many other notable publications regularly feature his opinions and insights. He is also a valued speaker for leading industry conferences.

Dr. Barth began his career with Schlumberger. After completing his PhD, he joined Thinking Machines, a pioneer in high-performance computing, serving as lead architect responsible for developing the Quantum system for American Express, one of the earliest commercial marketing databases. Paul joined the American Express database marketing subsidiary, Epsilon, as technology head. In 1995, Paul co-founded and was CTO of Tessera ,a pioneer in data warehousing. Following Tessera’s 1999 acquisition by the Internet integration firm, iXL, Paul continued as CTO until 2001. Paul holds a PhD in computer science from the MIT, and an MS from Yale University.


Ted Rudman - Interim VP, Pricing, Marketing/Loyalty, Supply Chain & Corporate Systems, Sears Holdings Corporation

Ted is an Acting Vice President with Sears Holdings Corporation and is responsible for all Marketing, Pricing, Supply Chain, Loyalty, Finance and HR systems within the company. Ted has been a leader in the adoption of Hadoop within the SHC enterprise and has extensive experience in evaluating, designing and integrating existing applications into the “Big Data” ecosystem. He and his team have been key in identifying the best methods for integration as well as evaluating the Hadoop toolset in determining the best approach for different applications of the technology. Ted has been with Sears Holdings for more than 10 years. Prior to Sears he spent 16 years in IT Consulting with firms such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young and Booz Allen.

Chris Norris - Senior Solutions Architect, Sigma Solutions

Photo of Chris Norris Chris has over 10 years of experience in designing and implementing multi technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies. He has worked with most of the major providers of compute, storage, virtualization and data protection.

Scott Rose - VP Services, Think Big Analytics

Photo of Scott RoseScott Rose is responsible for working with Think Big clients and strategic partners to successfully deliver Big Analytics solutions that drive value. He manages operations for the Central and Eastern Regions for Think Big. Scott brings nearly 25 years of technology consulting experience having held executive positions at established and start-up companies. He specializes in creating business innovation utilizing new technologies and techniques. Most recently, Scott served as VP Strategy and Business Development for Inkling Markets, a predictive analytics software provider. Prior to Inkling, Mr. Rose was a Partner at Accenture (Technology Practice) where he ran consulting engagements in the US, Europe and Asia. Scott holds a MS in Computer Science from Northwestern University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chris Taylor - Director of Marketing , TIBCO

Re-imagining the way work is done through big data, analytics, and cloud, Chris is the cofounder of SuccessfulWorkplace.com. He believes there’s no end to what we can change and improve.

Chris flew for the US Navy before finding a home in technology and software, first in application development with Perot Systems. His career has taken him from code to business strategy with Accenture, ILOG (now IBM) and TIBCO, where he is Marketing Director.

An avid outdoorsman, Chris is passionate about technology and innovation and speaks frequently about creating great business outcomes at industry events. Chris also contributes to the Harvard Business Review, Venture Beat, Big Data Republic, Forbes, and the PEX Network.


Brian E. Barnes - Ph.D., VP, Growth & Innovation, Vanguard Health Systems

Photo of Brian E. Barnes As VP, Growth & Innovation, Brian is responsible for the introduction of innovative technologies that drive revenue growth. This includes solutions for digital marketing, mobility, and telemedicine. Over the past year Vanguard, a 28 hospital national health system, has introduced a new marketing growth engine that helps patients Find Us, Want Us, Get In, and Get Better. The engine leverages strategic partners with platforms for CRM, web presence, and mobile technologies together with SEO and PPC. Vanguard has also introduced enterprise mobile app technology for operational metric tracking. Brian is now currently engaged in starting another multi-partner strategy to develop a Care Transformation Platform that helps patients Get Better Care and clinicians Give Better Care. Its base is a telemedicine platform that is being extended to support optimal patient flow, clinician mobility, and patient & family remote access. This transformation platform positions Vanguard to respond to the emerging changes in both Health Care and Technology.

Brian has a background in product development, software development, and competitive intelligence. His industry experience includes 10 years in Health Care, 5 years in Financial Services, & 6 years in Department of Defense Technologies R&D. His most memorable team accomplishments include development of an advanced marketing growth platform, development of an integrated Health & Well-Being platform, development of an outpatient platform to reduce hospital admissions, starting up a new competitive intelligence corporate function, re-engineering a mainframe platform to a supercomputer (grid computing) Big Data platform, and the development of software to protect our armed forces in harm’s way. Brian also develops mobile apps for the iPhone and iPad on the side.


Paul Walsh - Vice President of Weather Analytics and Meteorologist, The Weather Company

Photo of Paul Walsh For 15+ years, Paul Walsh has helped businesses, investors and analysts to leverage weather and climate intelligence to increase sales and maximize profits, including Walmart, The Home Depot, Citibank and numerous hedge funds. Previously, Walsh held senior strategy roles at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Storm Exchange, and Planalytics. As U.S. Air Force meteorologist, Walsh provided intelligence support for missions and served as chief of weather operations for the Army’s elite 101st Airborne during Desert Storm.

Peter Filice - Group VP, Architecture, Oracle Corporation

Photo of Peter Filice Peter Filice leads the Internet of Things (IoT) and Architecture initiatives globally for the ISV/OEM/Java sales organization at Oracle. This organization is part of Oracle’s Global Alliances and Channels line of business, driving nearly $1.5B in annual revenue. He participates in high-level partner and customer engagements globally, and provides executive sponsorship for key customers. He develops high-level, architectural engagement models and maintains close working relationships with Oracle Product Development, especially in the area of Oracle’s IoT Platform.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Filice was the Group VP of Sales Consulting for the ISV/OEM Sales group at Oracle and also the VP of Sales Consulting in Oracle’s Embedded Global Business Unit. He joined Oracle in 2005 via the acquisition of TimesTen Software Company.
Prior to Oracle, Mr. Filice spent 20 years in executive roles in several software and networking companies including TimesTen Software, Hughes LAN Systems, Sytek, and Northern Telecom.
Mr. Filice has MSEE and BS/EECS degrees from Santa Clara University.

Analise Polsky - Thought Leader, SAS

Photo of Analise PolskyAnalise Polsky is a thought leader on the SAS Best Practices team. The focus of her work is developing and delivering data quality, data stewardship, and culture and change management best practices. She has also created training materials for database and application products, which she has presented to a wide variety of cliental in multiple languages. Her training experience and education are bolstered by a Master’s degree in public health, as well as extensive academic research in the fields of economics and anthropology. She has contributed to research projects in Peru, Brazil, and Mexico, and has been published in academic journals.

Smiti Sharma - Principal Technical Consultant for Analytics, Hadoop and Emerging Technologies, EMC

Photo of Smiti SharmaSmiti Sharma is Principal Technical Consultant for Analytics, Hadoop and Emerging technologies at EMC. She works with customers and EMC engineering to architect and build solutions both in the emerging NoSQL/NewSQL product portfolio as well as traditional database technologies.
Over the past 12 years, Smiti has architected and managed complex critical enterprise solutions. She has focused on High transaction processing, Analytics & Data warehousing, ERP applications, Security and Business continuance among others.
Prior to joining EMC, Smiti worked in the CTO Office for Greenplum, EMC division for 3.5 years and prior to that, 6 years at Oracle, working on Oracle’s Technology products and Exadata, in the field and Product Management areas. She holds a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Information Management. A regular speaker at technical conferences and User groups, she is passionate about solving customer’s business problems, with technology.

Doug Henschen - Executive Editor, InformationWeek

Photo of Doug HenschenDoug Henschen is Executive Editor of InformationWeek, where he covers the intersection of enterprise applications with information management, business intelligence, big data and analytics. He previously served as editor in chief of Intelligent Enterprise, editor in chief of Transform Magazine, and Executive Editor at DM News. He has covered IT and data-driven marketing for more than 15 years.

Meta Brown - Independent

Photo of Meta BrownMeta S. Brown helps organizations use practical data analysis to solve everyday business problems. A hands-on analyst who has tackled projects with up to $900 million at stake, she is a recognized expert in cutting-edge business analytics.
Ms. Brown is devoted to educating the business community on effective use of statistics, data mining and text mining. A sought-after analytics speaker, she has conducted over 4000 hours of seminars, attracting audiences across North America, Europe and South America. Her articles appear frequently on All Analytics, Smart Data Collective and other publications. She is co-author of Big Data, Mining and Analytics: Key Components for Strategic Decisions (forthcoming from CRC Press, Editor: Stephan Kudyba) and The IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook (forthcoming from Packt Publishing).
Meta S. Brown holds a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Rutgers University, and professional certifications from the American Society for Quality and National Association for Healthcare Quality. She has extensive experience in industry and has also served on the faculties of Roosevelt University and National-Louis University.