Top Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Influencers on Social Media

Over the past few years, most companies have moved towards business intelligence (BI) and data analytics in order to make more intelligent and informed business decisions. Today, organizations of all sizes realize that business intelligence and analytics are no longer an option but a necessity if they hope to survive and stay competitive. It is no wonder that Marketwatch predicts the global market for business intelligence to rise to more than $147 billion by 2025.

While many companies are adopting BI and data analytics tools, our research by ASUG shows that they currently lack the formal executive support and resources needed to sustain it. Only 21% of participants in this research reported having executives that support their BI function. While the importance of BI and analytics is on the rise, clearly, there are many barriers to the implementation of these functions that need to be removed in order to optimize these solutions fully. To learn more about the trends and challenges, see: business intelligence and analytics trends.

With the world of business intelligence and data analytics evolving so quickly, it is challenging to keep up with speed on the latest developments. To assist, we have compiled this list of business intelligence and analytics influencers on social media to help you. These influencers are active online and share relevant content, so this list can be used as a great starting point to stay informed about this fast-moving space.

Kirk Borne

Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen

Kirk Borne | @KirkDBorne

Kirk is a top worldwide influencer since 2013. He is a global speaker, astrophysicist, space scientist, and big data and big science advisor who has also been featured on TedX.

Ronald van Loon

Director at Advertisement

Ronald van Loon | @Ronald vanLoon

Ronald is a recognized expert and thought leader in the big data and analytics field who works with data-driven companies to generate business value so that they may meet and exceed goal after goal. Influential in: big data, analytics IoT, BI, and data science.=

Doug Laney

Principal, Data and Analytics Strategy at Caserta

Doug Laney | @Doug_Laney

Thought leader, consultant, advisor, author, speaker, and instructor on data and analytics strategy topics. The originator of the field of Infonomics, and the author of the best-selling book, “Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information for Competitive Advantage.”

Hilary Mason

Founder at Fast Forward Labs  and Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners

Hilary Mason | @hmason

Founder of Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company, and the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners. Influential in: big data, business intelligence, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and analytics.

Yves Mulkers

Founder at 7wData

Yves Mulkers | @YvesMulkers

A business advisor with strong expertise in business intelligence, analytics, and data-related matters. Yves is an explorer on new technologies, data visualization, big data, Blockchain, cloud solutions, artificial intelligence, IoT, and augmented realities.

Eric Kavanagh

CEO at The Bloor Group

Eric Kavanagh | @eric_kavanagh

A recognized influencer in the field of big data by Techopedia and the Big Data Republic, Eric is a media professional who designs and manages an array of web-based research and media products like The Briefing Room and World Matters. Influential in open source, big data, analytics, and new media design.

Howard Dresner

Chief Research Officer at Dresner Advisory Services

Howard Dresner | @howarddresner

CRO of Dresner Advisory Services that provides an alternative perspective on information management, business intelligence, analytics, performance management, and related markets through the objective, non-sponsored, and crowd-sourced Wisdom of Crowds® industry research.

Lillian Pierson

Data Strategist at Data-Mania

Lillian Pierson | @Strategy_Gal

Lillian is a data strategist, advisor, and trainer. She partners with executive teams to act as a second set of eyes, offering oversight and recommendations for optimal data science and engineering operations. Lillian also advises SMEs and entrepreneurs on the data technologies, methods, and strategies that they can use to solve problems that their business faces.

Tammy Powlas

Senior Business Analyst at Fairfax Water

Tammy Powlas | @tpowlas

Tammy is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Project Management Professional and SAP Certified in BW, FI, CO, and SEM. She is also an ASUG volunteer and SAP Mentor who was one of the top contributors to the SAP Community Network in 2011-2016. Influential in: business intelligence, data and analytics, and machine learning.

Rick Sturm

Founder and CEO at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)

Rick Sturm | @Rick345

CEO of EMA, which is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. Influential in: cybersecurity, analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data.

Bernard Marr

Founder & CEO at Bernard Marr & Co.

Bernard Marr | @BernardMarr

Bernard Marr is an internationally best-selling author, popular keynote speaker, futurist, and a strategic business and technology advisor to governments and companies. He helps organizations improve their business performance, use data more intelligently, and understand the implications of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, and the Internet of Things.

William McKnight

President at McKnight Consulting Group

William McKnight | @williammcknight

William McKnight is an internationally recognized authority in information management. His consulting work has included many of the Global 2000 and numerous midmarket companies. Influential in: analytics, data management, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

James Kobielus

Lead Analyst for Data Science, Deep Learning and Application Development at SiliconANGLE Media

James Kobielus | @jameskobielus

Experienced Lead Analyst with a history of working in the enterprise software and online media industries. Influential in: business intelligence, customer relationship management, data warehousing, big data, and artificial intelligence.

Marcus Borba

Founder at Borba Consulting

Marcus Borba | @marcusborba

Marcus has more than three decades of in-depth information technology experience and more than 20 years of experience in developing data-driven solutions for companies. He is a recognized influencer in data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data, analytics, internet of things, and digital transformation.

Mike Gualtieri

Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester

Mike Gualtieri | @mgualtieri

Top technology-industry analyst, strategy advisor, and consultant to the world’s leading global enterprises and technology vendors. Influential in: big data, analytics, artificial intelligence, business intelligence, and machine learning.

Vinnie Mirchandani

Founder of Deal Architect and Author of SAP Nation 3.0

Vinnie Mirchandani | @dealarchitect

Technology analyst, author and advisor who is a recognized thought-leader on disruptive trends in software, outsourcing, offshoring and the economics of technology. Influential in: business intelligence, innovation, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Randy Olson

Lead Data Scientist at Life Epigenetics

Randy Olson | @randal_olson

Lead Data Scientist at Life Epigenetics, where he merges cutting edge epigenetics research with advanced machine learning methods to improve life expectancy prediction for the life insurance industry and beyond. Influential in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data visualization, and big data.

Andrew Ng

Founder and CEO at Landing AI and Founder at

Andrew Ng| @AndrewYNg

Andrew Ng is VP and Chief Scientist of Baidu, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Coursera, and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. He is a recognized influencer in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data.

Michael Cavaretta

Manager of Advanced Manufacturing & IIOT Analytics at Ford

Michael Cavaretta | @mjcavaretta

Analytics executive with extensive experience delivering value for large enterprises using advanced technologies, including data science, big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Claudia Imhoff

Founder at Boulder BI Brain Trust

Claudia Imhoff | @Claudia_Imhoff

Dr. Claudia Imhoff is a popular speaker and internationally recognized expert on analytics, business intelligence, and the infrastructure to support these initiatives. She has co-authored five books on these subjects and writes articles for technical and business magazines.

Heather Hill

Business Intelligence Manager at Mobile Mini

Heather Hill |@hsinkwitz

Heather is actively involved in the BI network as an SAP Mentor, international speaker, and author. She is co-author of the book SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence, currently on its fourth edition with SAP Press. She also serves on the board of the Arizona Foundation for Women. Influential in: BI, user adoption, and sustainable processes.

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