How BI & Data Analytics Pros Used Twitter – Meet the Boulder BI Brain Trust

May 4, 2012
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Analytics and BI on Twitter1 photo (business intelligence analytics and twitter advanced analytics )We have a special edition of our Twitter recap for you this month on the Spotfire blog. Today, we’ll introduce you to the Boulder BI Brain Trust.

Analytics and BI on Twitter1 photo (business intelligence analytics and twitter advanced analytics )We have a special edition of our Twitter recap for you this month on the Spotfire blog. Today, we’ll introduce you to the Boulder BI Brain Trust. Next week, we will be presenting this group of leading BI analysts, experts and practitioners to you in a half-day focus group setting.

According to founder Claudia Imhoff, “The trust members get briefed on leading edge tools and technologies, and the vendors get valuable feedback from us, including our ideas on where BI is going, our advice on their marketing direction and message, and our critique of their offering(s).”

So without further ado, let’s meet some of the BBBT members and find out what they did on Twitter in the last month.

Claudia Imhoff, PhD (@claudia_imhoff).
Imhoff, an independent consultant and a recognized expert in analytical CRM, BI and the infrastructure supporting analytics, founded the BBBT because she felt vendor briefings “would be better leveraged via a small, BI expert focus group/audience.” As part of the BBBT briefing, she produces a podcast interview with each vendor.

  • Best April Tweet: During the April 6th #BIWisdom chat she Tweets, “Along lines of data scientist: need to be bus analysts, mathematicians, sw engineers, artists, storyteller #BBBT.”
  • Latest Blog Post You Need to Read:  It’s not Imhoff’s work, but her contribution to this roundup of opinions on the BI data integration process is worth a look.

Julie B. Hunt (@juliebhunt)
Hunt is an independent consultant focused on software solutions strategy and market intelligence practice. She also writes the Highly Competitive blog on software industry insights and contributes to a number of industry sites and publications.

  • Best April Tweet: ”IT/BizUser “tug of war”: responsibility also goes back to upper management >> how co. is run, allowing silos, not encouraging collab #BBBT.”
  • Latest Blog You Need to Read: Vision Critical Data – this post focuses on the purpose of data visualizations and why the context of the data behind the fancy graphics matters so much.

John Myers (@johnlmyers44)
Myers is a senior analyst at EMA Research. He covers BI and data warehousing and focuses on database management, data integration, data visualization and process management solutions.

  • Best April Tweet: ”#BBBT @hackathorn @claudia_imhoff culture is a “necessary” challenge for #BI adoption. Dismissing it invites positional negotiation…”
  • A Note About Myers: Myers’ blog did not have a post in April, but his Twitter feed is a resource for cool big data analysis and other BI news. Be sure to add him as a favorite. He’s also a serial live Tweeter at nearly every event he attends.
Cindi Howson @BIScorecard
Cindi Howson is the founder of BI Scorecard, a resource for in-depth BI product reviews, based on exclusive hands-on testing.
  • Best April Tweet: “RT @TibcoSpotfire: RT @mark_lorion: Amplifying Big Data Analyst Productivity – Forbes http://onforb.es/HIwTHH –> nice TIBCO Spotfire mention!”
  • Latest Podcast You Must Hear: Howson was interviewed by The Art of BI, an online “BI destination” created by BI evangelist Christian Screen (@ArtofBI). In this podcast, Howson talks all things data and offers her perspective of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence. Screen calls her take on the quadrant “super insightful.”
Shawn Rogers (@shawnrog)
Rogers is vice president of BI research for EMA and brings more than 19 years of hands-on technology experience to the group. He focuses on Internet-enabled technology. Take a look at a past interview we did with him on predictive analytics.
  • Best April Tweet: “CEO’s who don’t think the 850m people on Facebook can effect their business are foolish #dmradio.”
  • Latest Blog You Need to Read: Rogers recently blogged about the move away from enterprise data warehouse system to a hybrid data ecosystem. Read his take on the “paradigm shift driven by a maturing user community, new technology, economics and valuable data types [that’s] moving us towards a hybrid data ecosystem that strives to match the workload and the data with the best possible platform.”

William McKnight (@williammcknight)
McKnight is president of McKnight Consulting Group and a strategist, lead enterprise information architect and program manager for complex, high-volume, full life-cycle implementations worldwide utilizing the disciplines of data warehousing, master data management, business intelligence, data quality and operational business intelligence.

  • Best April Tweet: “Big Data may be hot, but ‘little data’ is what makes it useful http://t.co/oPHFpWlL via @CNET
  • Latest Blog You Need to Read: McKnight’s conclusion to a five-part series on technologies changing our view of the data warehouse on stream processing is an interesting look at the value chain and how processing data before storage is a key part of making data decisions in real-time.

That’s a brief who’s who of some of the peeps in the Boulder BI Brain Trust. Be sure to follow these fine folks and check out this cool hashtag #BBBT for real-time updates on our briefing next week.

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