TDWI Chicago Leadership Summit

Bill Schmarzo

CTO IoT and Analytics

Hitachi Vantara

Bill Schmarzo is the author of Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business and Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science.

As Hitachi Vantara CTO, Bill guides the technology strategy for IoT and analytics. With his breadth of experience delivering advanced analytics solutions, Bill brings a balanced approach regarding data and analytics capabilities that drive business and operational outcomes. Bill is responsible for Hitachi Vantara’s “co-creation” efforts with select customers to leverage IoT and analytics to power digital business transformations.

Bill has written several white papers, is an avid blogger, and is a frequent speaker on the use of big data and data science to power organizations’ key business initiatives. He is a University of San Francisco School of Management Executive Fellow, where he teaches the Big Data MBA course, was ranked as #4 Big Data Influencer and #6 Digital Transformation Influencer by Onalytica, and was mentioned by Datanami as a Person to Watch in 2018.

Bill has over three decades of experience in data warehousing, BI, and analytics. Bill authored EMC’s Vision Workshop methodology that links an organization’s strategic business initiatives with their supporting data and analytics requirements, and he coauthored a series of articles on analytics applications with Ralph Kimball. Bill has served on TDWI’s faculty as the head of the analytics applications curriculum.

Previously, Bill was the vice president of analytics at Yahoo where he was responsible for the development of Yahoo’s advertiser and website analytics products, including the delivery of “actionable insights” through a holistic user experience. Before that, Bill oversaw the Analytic Applications business unit at Business Objects, including the development, marketing, and sales of their industry-defining analytics applications.

Bill holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, computer science, and business administration from Coe College.

Recent blogs can be found at:
You can also follow Bill on twitter @schmarzo and LinkedIn

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TDWI Chicago Leadership Summit

Chicago Hilton
Chicago, IL
May 7–8


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