Craig Macdonald is a Managing Director at Accenture Digital, overseeing the Communications, Media and Technology practice as well as the global media and marketing analytics practice. Craig has a wealth of experience in the application of advanced analytics for financial services and telecommunications firms, as well as more recently the application of analytic insights in the media and advertising space. Before joining Accenture, Craig was the Sr. Director of Marketing for Bing at Microsoft, Group Product Manager at Google, Chief Marketing Officers at Covario (a digital advertising agency), head of product marketing for HP’s OpenView Software division, Vice President of Product Marketing at FICO, and Vice President at Gartner Group.
Simon is an experienced technology entrepreneur and executive with extensive global experience. As the founding CEO of Predixion Software, Simon has grown the company from inception in 2009 to its current position as a major disrupter in the fast-paced predictive analytics industry, boasting major global partnerships and customers. Before founding Predixion, Simon was an operating partner with Triton Pacific Capital Partners, President of a 600-employee, 10-country, Oracle software consulting firm based in the UK, and a Principal with Gramercy Venture Advisors, an international boutique investment banking firm where he assisted technology companies with fundraising, M&A and corporate strategy. Simon is a two-time Olympian for Australia in the pole vault, and is also program chairman for Megan’s Wings – a charity that provides assistance to families with children fighting cancer.
Bogdan is a senior technologist and software development executive with an excellent track of inventing, designing and leading teams to deliver advanced analytics technologies for enterprise or cloud. Noteworthy examples of his work include Microsoft's SQL Server Data Mining, the PowerPivot in-memory data storage technology (he is one of the core inventors of Vertipaq). At Predixion Software, he designed and developed the Machine Learning Semantic Model (a portable and reusable processing analysis pipeline), various Machine Learning engine integrations (R, Hadoop/Mahout) as well as Internet-of-Things (on-device analytics) products. Bogdan is the author or co-author of 13 patents (and a number of pending applications), mostly in the areas of data mining, predictive analytics and in-memory analytics.
Doug is the CEO of ThinkIQ, and founder of three successful software companies serving the Industrial Sector. All three have delivered significant value to the investors, acquirers and employees and created innovative software products that continue to lead the market.
Anthony is an experienced sales and marketing leader, with more than 30 years in the technology industry spanning major global organisations through to multiple startups. He is the Chief Strategy Officer at Frost Data Capital, and prior to that ran Microsoft's big data team in EMEA. He's also a fiction writer, with a published collection of short stories, and is Chairman of a small independent publishing company in the UK.
Donald Farmer is the Vice President of Product Management for QlikTech, the leading vendor in the emerging field of “Business Discovery,” a user-driven approach to business intelligence and interactive data analysis. Donald is an internationally respected speaker and writer in the field of Business Intelligence, with over 25 years experience in data management and analysis. He has applied his knowledge in fields as diverse as medieval archaeology and fish-farming. Before joining QlikTech, Donald was a leader of the Microsoft Business Intelligence team, working on new products for ETL, predictive analytics and OLAP. An author of several books and many articles, Donald is also a guest professor at Southwestern University in Chongqing, China. He is married to Alison, an artist, and lives in an experimental woodland house near Seattle.
John Santaferraro is the founder and CEO of Ferraro Consulting. With 20 years of experience as a big data analytics executive, analyst, and consultant, John provides strategic marketing consulting for big data companies and works with innovative companies to define their analytics roadmaps. Previously, he was the interim CMO at Diyotta and vice president of marketing at ParAccel until it was purchased by Actian, where he stayed in that position to help guide the transition. He began his career in technology as the co-founder of a data warehouse startup company that eventually sold to Teradata. Along the way he has held executive big data marketing positions in top tech companies including Tandem, Compaq, and HP. When he’s not hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing in the Colorado Rockies, John loves to cook gourmet, collect fine wine, and brew craft beer.
Yves de Montcheuil is a recognized authority on digital business trends and information management. A former marketing executive at several successful IT vendors including Talend, he is the ‘Revenue Godfather’ at Restlet, a partner at startup accelerator Axeleo, and the president of the International Commission of Tech In France. Yves holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science and has more than 20 years of experience in software marketing. He is also a presenter, author, blogger and social media enthusiast.