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TDWI Announces New Research Leadership

Fern Halper, advanced analytics expert and thought leader, joins TDWI as a co-director of its respected research program.

SEATTLE, WA, January 8, 2013—TDWI is pleased to announce the hire of Fern Halper as Director of TDWI Research for Advanced Analytics. She joins Philip Russom, Director of TDWI Research for Data Management, and David Stodder, Director of TDWI Research for Business Intelligence, in leading the research division of TDWI (tdwi.org).

“Advanced analytics is emerging as a major field of interest and opportunity for business intelligence practitioners across industries,” Halper said. “It’s clear that ‘big data’ is here to stay, and it isn’t just for big companies anymore. With so much data available to mine and analyze, more and more enterprises are looking for ways to glean insight and make a real impact on the way they make decisions, run their operations, and ultimately, increase their profitability. I look forward to joining the TDWI Research team as they continue to empower their audience to benefit from BI and advanced analytics.”

Dr. Fern Halper has more than 20 years of experience in data analysis, business analysis, and strategy development. She was recently a partner at industry analyst firm Hurwitz & Associates, where she focused on advanced analytics. Halper also spent eight years at AT&T Bell Labs leading the development of innovative approaches and systems to analyze marketing and operational data. She has directed strategy and product line planning for Lucent's Internet Software Unit. Halper received her BA from Colgate University and earned her Ph.D. in the data-intensive field of oceanography from Texas A&M University. She has taught at Bentley College and Colgate University.

Halper is a recognized expert in the field of analytics and was one of the first analysts to write about text analytics. She has published hundreds of reports and articles on data mining and information technology, and is frequently quoted on the subject in the press. Halper has also co-authored several “Dummies” books on these subjects, including cloud computing, hybrid cloud, service-oriented architecture, and service management. She is currently completing Big Data for Dummies, to be published in April 2013.

Now with TDWI Research, Halper will focus on providing original, research-based insight and best practices recommendations for organizations implementing advanced analytics, from text mining, social media, and predictive analytics as well as customer analysis, profiling, and segmentation. She will also address advanced information technologies for big data, including cloud computing and service management, and develop self-assessment tools for enterprises that wish to benchmark their capabilities.

“We’re thrilled that Fern is joining TDWI Research as we continue to expand our offerings,” said Rich Zbylut, president of TDWI. “TDWI started in the realm of data warehousing and grew along with the exploding practice of business intelligence. Now with the big data deluge, we’re embarking into the realm of the data scientist. With Fern’s deep knowledge of analytics and data modeling, TDWI will continue to cover all the information bases—from basics to advanced approaches—in keeping with our mission to be the premier resource for all things BI/DW.”

TDWI Research produces original, survey-based, in-depth Best Practices Reports, frequent live Webinars, timely Checklist Reports, and topical monographs, as well as annual salary and BI maturity benchmarking research reports. The TDWI Research team also heads many of the company’s live education events, including the semiannual TDWI BI Executive Summit and the Solution Summit series.

For more information, to learn about research sponsorship opportunities, or to share solutions briefings, news, or other information with the TDWI Research team, please contact:

Fern Halper, Director, TDWI Research, Advanced Analytics
fhalper@tdwi.org // 978.335.2540

Philip Russom, Director, TDWI Research, Data Management
prussom@tdwi.org // 781.862.2880

David Stodder, Director, TDWI Research, Business Intelligence
dstodder@tdwi.org // 415.859.9933

About TDWI Research
TDWI Research provides research and advice for business intelligence and data warehousing professionals worldwide. TDWI Research focuses exclusively on BI/DW issues and teams up with industry thought leaders and practitioners to deliver both broad and deep understanding of the business and technical challenges surrounding the deployment and use of business intelligence and data warehousing solutions. TDWI Research offers in-depth research reports, commentary, inquiry services, and topical conferences as well as strategic planning services to user and vendor organizations.

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TDWI, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., is the premier provider of in-depth, high-quality education and research in the business intelligence and data warehousing industry. TDWI is dedicated to educating business and information technology professionals about the best practices, strategies, techniques, and tools required to successfully design, build, maintain, and enhance business intelligence and data warehousing solutions. TDWI also fosters the advancement of business intelligence and data warehousing research and contributes to knowledge transfer and the professional development of its members. TDWI offers a worldwide membership program, five major educational conferences, topical educational seminars, role-based training, on-site courses, certification, solution provider partnerships, an awards program for best practices, live Webinars, resourceful publications, an in-depth research program, and a comprehensive website, tdwi.org.

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