Good Wishes From EM360TECH to our Industry Gurus

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Now that the Holidays are rapidly approaching I would like to grab the opportunity to express my gratitude to all of our analysts who contributed to the work at EM360.  Thank you for being present and thank you for making your presence felt. 

I’d linger at the thought of giving good wishes. Looking around in this geopolitical climate this simple wish of having a peaceful celebration seems to be a political statement. Every announcement is interpreted in its context. Henceforth what peace there may be when we know that the world seems to be in upheaval? Does a simple good wish not seem to be an even spiteful act of resistance? … on the other hand, what a strange world we live in if wishing peace for all seems to be something else. I just would like to confirm that this wish is based on a universal value and exempt from any sensitive innuendo. 

Or if this must be then please let me be this much 'political': let there be peace for everyone. Let there be peace and joy. 

Going back to our cherished tech space it seems to be teeming with spectacular developments that could and will redraw the landscape. 

However, while innovations might change our methods of how we tackle and handle different work processes in the enterprise and integrating innovations never has been this important, good old solid system and process thinking will not go out of fashion. 

In all the dazzle of spectacular developments there are hard skills and the type of knowledge that allows nearly endless combinations because they are solid like a brick. We are on the verge of changing the paradigm, we do know that there are some solid elements of knowledge about how to run the enterprise, only we don’t know which these are. 

‘We live in exciting times’ has probably been the fallacy of all generations. It is time to zoom in!

Here I thank everyone again on this board for being there. What makes exciting times worth living is a sense of knowledge share and camaraderie. Without any particular order, I would like to thank those analysts personally, whom I feel contributed the most to the work at EM360. 

𝕽𝖎𝖈𝖍𝖆𝖗𝖉 𝕾𝖙𝖎𝖊𝖓𝖓𝖔𝖓

Not only is Richard Stiennon one of the best analysts in cyberspace but he is also a renowned author of information security must-haves: 

  • Surviving Cyberwar (Rowman&Littlefield, 2010) and 
  • UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence (IT-Harvest Press, 2012). 
  • There Will Be Cyberwar, is a revelation of the vulnerabilities in the Internet of Military Things. It became a Washington Post Best Seller in April, 2016. 
  • Secure Cloud Transformation: The CIO's Journey tracks the stories of 16 pioneers as they built their cloud-first strategies for IT. 
  • Security Yearbook 2020 was launched in February, 2020. It is the only history of the IT security industry. It is updated each year with a complete directory of all the vendors of security products listed by Category and Country. 

Stiennon was named one of the "50 Most Powerful People in Networking" by Network World Magazine. He has 66,000 followers on Twitter @cyberwar.

“Richard is one of our most appreciated partners who has been our partner for nearly two years. He also contributed to a great number of podcasts this year with Cyera, PaloAlto, Savvy, Huntress, Salvador, TrustARC, Hadrian, Portworx, Blackfog, Rapid, Radware, Workiva, Blumira, and Hyperproof. My personal favourite was Richard’s interview with Chris Cochran on cybersecurity leadership and key CISO/IT Director challenges - a must-listen for those in the security space” Matt Harris, Head of Content at EM360

His book ended up being the first the #1 spot for Hot New Releases on Amazon! 

He is busy creating the first and only platform for researching the cybersecurity industry. Seat holders get access to all our data on 3,123 cybersecurity vendors and schedule regular inquiries with an industry analyst.

Many thanks for your work, Richard!

𝕮𝖍𝖗𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖎𝖓𝖆 𝕾𝖙𝖆𝖙𝖍𝖔𝖕𝖔𝖚𝖑𝖔𝖘

Christina, the Data Whisperer, DataVenger and Data Evangelist is also an international public speaker and educator in the tech space. Besides being an adjunct professor and a guest lecturer in data analytics, she also manages to spare some time with us as a valued partner to educate her 80,000 LinkedIn followers.

Working with us for the last two years, Christina was essential in working with distinguished clients such as Fivetran, Pryon, Dremio, Aisera, Monte Carlo, Agile Lab, “A personal favourite of mine was Christina’s podcast with Igor Jablokov, CEO and Founder of Pryon on generative AI; a great snapshot on how implementing AI into your business strategy can help realise value.” Matt Harris, Head of Content at EM360. 

Christina is going to speak at one of our partner events #Data Universe.

Many thanks for your work, Christina!

𝖂𝖆𝖞𝖓𝖊 𝕰𝖈𝖐𝖊𝖗𝖘𝖔𝖓

Wayne Eckerson is a Data & Analytics thought leader, and president of the Eckerson Group and specialises in data strategy, data architecture, self-service analytics, master data management, data governance, and data science. Organisations rely on the Eckerson Group to demystify data and analytics and develop business-driven strategies that harness the power of data.

Wayne joined EM360 a year ago and worked with Crux but the immense capacity they can contribute to the data professionals through their publications, seminars and providing Analytics Perspectives we are certain that working on synergies we will be able to elevate the data tech space. 

He has authored two books that are at the top of our reading list and can be ordered here!

In this book, Wayne Eckerson illustrates analytical best practices by weaving his perspective with commentary from seven directors of analytics who unveil their secrets of success.

In the next book as Director of Research for The Data Warehousing Institute, a worldwide association of business intelligence professionals, Eckerson interviewed dozens of organizations that have built various types of performance dashboards in different industries and lines of business. Their practical insights explore how you can effectively turbo-charge performance–management initiatives with dashboard technology. 

Many thanks for your work, Wayne!

𝕯𝖗. 𝕰𝖗𝖎𝖈 𝕮𝖔𝖑𝖊

Dr Eric Cole is the absolute authority on cybersecurity. He started his career as a hacker at the CIA when network and computer security was in its formative years. He eventually left the intelligence community to join the SANS Institute where he developed coursework that is now the foundations of the SANS Information Security Training and Security Certification.

Eric had further positions as the Chief Technology Officer at McAfee and Chief Scientist and Lockheed Martin. Through his own venture, Secure Anchor Consulting, he offers advice, assessments, and certification through his experience and expertise across the entire spectrum of cybersecurity. These include vulnerability discovery, testing, perimeter defense, secure network design, and intrusion detection systems.

He has been our cherished partner for nearly two years and worked on great podcasts with Cybermaxx and HID Global

Many thanks for your work Eric!

𝕾𝖚𝖘𝖆𝖓 𝖂𝖆𝖑𝖘𝖍

Susan is a unique phenomenon of the data space, apart from being an ultimate authority on fixing data and also known for unorthodox educational methods integrating elements of stand-up comedy with data management hard skills. She is known as the Classification Guru and as one of the great DataVengers. She has been listed in the DataIQ100 for the last two years, as well as winning DataIQ Data Champion 2022. She’s also a published author of Between the Spreadsheets: Classifying and Fixing Data and has published her own online course: Fixing Data – The Basics of Data Cleaning. In addition to this, Susan also has a TEDx Talk Say NO to NO, which has amassed 3k views and counting.

She has been with us for nearly two years and contributed to several videos. 

I am sorry, I have a personal message to the Disney Data & Analytics - Susan Walsh, the Classification Guru is potentially the best Data Cinderella you could ever find and if you want to have your tech space fairy tales to be life-changing for data professionals, quick, quick, give her a call!

Susan contributed to several podcasts: Pivotree, Big Data London, Fivetran, Dremio, Informatica and Echo

Thank you, Susan! 

𝕯𝖔𝖚𝖌 𝕷𝖆𝖓𝖊𝖞

Douglas Laney is the data and analytics strategy innovation fellow with the consultancy, West Monroe. Formerly he was a vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner's Chief Data Officer (CDO) research and advisory practice. 

He is a three-time recipient of Gartner's annual Thought Leadership Award and also an accomplished practitioner and recognized authority on data and analytics strategy, and, and is regularly considered one of the top global influencers. 

Mr. Laney specializes in and assists organisations with data monetisation and valuation, open and syndicated data, data governance, and big-data-based innovation. 

In 2001 he coined the "3Vs" of volume, velocity and variety, now commonly used in defining Big Data.

Doug has been with us over a year and his contribution to the HollandParker about CPM, Avantra about Hyperautomation and AIOps and Pivotree podcasts about Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) remains most memorable. 

Thank you, Doug!

𝕵𝖔𝖓 𝕬𝖗𝖓𝖔𝖑𝖉

Jon is an industry thought leader in communications technologies in areas such as hybrid work, future of work, digital transformation and customer experience.

Core areas of technology expertise include unified communications, cloud platforms (UCaaS/CPaaS/CCaaS), AI (both in the workplace and customer engagement), speech technologies, contact centers, customer experience, 5G, and VoIP.

JAA is based in Toronto, Ontario, and serves clients across North America as well as in Europe. His current clients include 8x8, Cisco, Avaya, Alcatel Lucent, Huawei, twilio, Zoom and many others. 

Jon’s thought leadership can be followed on his widely-read JAA’s Analyst Blog, along with daily commentary on Twitter and LinkedIn. In addition, Jon produces a monthly podcast - Watch This Space – which is a regular feature in his monthly newsletter, JAA’s Communications and Collaboration Review. Jon has also served as Chair of the Future of Work Expo since 2019, which runs every February as part of TMCnet’s long-running ITExpo.

Jon has been our partner for nearly three years and he is one of our most beloved partner. Not only is he very knowledgeable, but he is the most approachable and unpretentious man of high standards. 

The podcast with Cresta on revenue generation strategies in the communication space, the Intermedia podcast about cloud adoption and about the Business value in UCaaS and CCaaS are highlights of the year in the comms technology space. 

Jon, many thanks for your contribution!

𝕯𝖆𝖛𝖎𝖉 𝕯𝖆𝖓𝖙𝖔

David Danto is one of the top 50 UC Industry Influencer and Collaboration Evangelist, listed in a prominent place in the UC’s Who is Who?

IMCCA is a non-profit industry association resolved to strengthen and grow the overall collaborative conferencing and unified communications industry by providing impartial information and education about people-to-people, environmentally friendly communication and collaboration technology and applications.

As the Director of Emerging Technology David vets new companies and technologies for inclusion into the group. He also represents the IMCCA at industry conferences and seminars, ensuring that IMCCA members not present can stay on top of industry news and events.

He has been with us over three years and we are especially fond of him because he has written for us an excellent series packed with inspiring ideas and deep insight. 

Thank you, David!

𝕲𝖊𝖔𝖗𝖌𝖊 𝕱𝖎𝖗𝖎𝖈𝖆𝖓

George is a versatile and multifaceted professional, DataVenger and the Swiss Army Knife of Data. 

He is a passionate educator and he has been successful in every field he touched: he is a frequent conference speaker and a YouTuber, being ranked among Top 5 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Big Data, Digital Disruption and Top 15 on Innovation.

One of George's passions is to create informative, practical and engaging educational content to share with individuals such as yourself, and help organizations get more visibility on social media. George is the proud founder of and its YouTube channel and is a co-host of the Lights On Data Show. 

George has been with us for over a year and he has so many articles, videos and content that it is hard to pick one that is better than the others because all content represents consistently high standards. For me, it is the interview he gave in connection with Big Data London that stands out. If there is an IT professional who would like to understand the latest, most important developments in data, then this is the article he must read.

Thank you, George!

𝕶𝖆𝖙𝖊 𝕾𝖙𝖗𝖆𝖈𝖍𝖓𝖞𝖎

Kate Strachnyi is the Founder of DATAcated, providing brand amplification for companies focused on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data science. She is a key member of the super squad of Data, a DataVenger Supreme. 

She’s also the founder of the DATAcated Circle – a community of data professionals and hub for courses on data visualization best practices, data storytelling, and dashboarding. She’s delivered several courses on data storytelling, dashboard techniques and visual best practices. 

Additionally, Kate is the host of the DATAcated Conference and the DATAcated On Air Podcast. She is the author of ColorWise: A Data Storyteller's Guide to the Intentional Use of Color. Kate was appointed a LinkedIn Top Voice of Data Science & Analytics in 2018 & 2019; she is also a LinkedIn Learning instructor. Kate is on the DataIQ 100 USA list in 2022. 

Kate has been with EM360 over 3 years. Though it might have been a bit dormant partnership, we especially love her introduction of Big Data London and DataVengers as she manages to sum this up within a few seconds, you must admit, it is data storytelling at its best! 

The visuals were provided by our colleague, @Ben King. 

𝕸𝖎𝖈𝖍𝖆𝖊𝖑 𝕱𝖆𝖚𝖘𝖈𝖊𝖙𝖙𝖊

Michael Fauscette is a high-tech leader. He is the CEO and Chief Analyst at Arion Research, a global cloud advisory firm; an advisor to G2 and Board Chairman at LocatorX. 

Michael hosts the AI-focused podcast "Disambiguation" produced by Arion Research; and co-hosts the web show "In the Hot Seat" on the Playaz Production Network. Formerly the chief research officer at unicorn startup G2, he was responsible for helping software and services buyers use the crowdsourced insights, data, and community in the G2 marketplace. 

Prior to joining G2, Michael led IDC’s worldwide enterprise software application research group for almost ten years. He held executive roles with nine technology companies including Autodesk, Inc. and PeopleSoft, Inc. and six technology startups.

He has only joined us most recently and we appreciate having him as our highly-respected partner as he has a lot to say but he seems to be a champion of exquisite tech content hurdle running, jumping over one hurdle after another while taking the time to show the reader how it is properly done! Impressive! 

Thank you, Michael!

𝖅𝖊𝖚𝖘 𝕶𝖊𝖗𝖗𝖆𝖛𝖆𝖑𝖆

Zeus has been with us for over half a year but he has a spectacular list of achievements in the cross-section of strategy and emerging technologies. Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research and has an exclusive focus on emerging technology in the areas of communications, networking and security. Kerravala provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and long-term strategic advice.

Kerravala provides research and advisory services to the following constituents: End-user IT, vendors of hardware, software, and services, the reseller community, and the financial community looking to invest in the companies he covers.

Kerravala is considered one of the top 10 IT analysts in the world by Apollo Research and is in the top five in the AR Insights Power 100 ranking.

We especially appreciate the Nile podcast he has done and sharing insights about the Juniper Network. 

Thank you, Zeus!

Thank you, All. May you have a restful, festive holiday season, and may you greet the New Year with the anticipation of Triumph with EM360Tech.