Fern Halper, Ph.D., is well known in the analytics community, having published hundreds of articles, research reports, speeches, Webinars, and more on data mining and information technology over the past 20 years. Halper is also co-author of several “Dummies” books on cloud computing, hybrid cloud, and big data. She is the director of TDWI Research for advanced analytics, focusing on predictive analytics, social media analysis, text analytics, cloud computing, and “big data” analytics approaches. She has been a partner at industry analyst firm Hurwitz & Associates and a lead analyst for Bell Labs. Her Ph.D. is from Texas A&M University. You can reach her at email@example.com, on Twitter @fhalper, and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/fbhalper.