It’s the first #FollowFriday of 2011 and time for our monthly recap of what happened in data analytics and BI on Twitter. This month we issued several awards for wise Twitter handles, “so 80s comments” and even discovered a great community for BI professionals. As always, your convenient #FF list is at the end of the post.
The winner of this month’s smartest Twitter handle (and last name), Lyndsay Wise is the president and founder of Wise Analytics, an independent analyst firm specializing in midmarket business intelligence. She regularly conducts studies and writes/speaks on the value of business intelligence. In December, she spoke on a panel with another of our recommended #FF Twitter peeps – William McKnight at the Tech Target Leveraging Enterprise Data Virtual Seminar on more effective use of enterprise data.
Moving on to the Twitter knight of the month, @williammcknight is an IT industry consultant fighting the good fight for data quality and management for businesses everywhere. When he’s not talking about jumpstarting a consulting business on Conversations Live or speaking on enterprise data, he’s writing articles at Information Management on best practices in data quality for the next decade (free registration required) and being featured in the Twitter newspaper The BI Daily from Yuri Fal’s Twitter list, which contains 119 BI influencers.
Johannesburg-based space geek and BI specialist, Mark G. Stacey, made our list since he writes the roundup piece for IT Web’s BI newsletter. He was kind enough to share his December roundup piece on a cool BI community called the BI Developers Network. His roundup includes insights for 2011 on how BI will make its way into nontraditional markets. We’re very interested to hear how this prediction shapes up. Follow @markgstacey to find out.
Andy Bitterer, an Earthling and Gartner research analyst, takes a bite out of the BI market on Twitter with his snarky comments. @bitterer comment to Mark Madsen, CEO of Third Nature – a BI research and consultancy firm makes our top Tweet of this wrap-up –“I can’t wait for the day when pie-charts and histograms become outlawed. They are so 80s.” He also published his recommendations for German CIOs alongside other Gartner analysts in the Five Key Areas for Germany’s CIOs to Address in 2011 report. (Not free, but link gives overview).
Mark Madsen, an Industry analyst and CEO of Third Nature, a consulting and research firm focusing on business intelligence and information delivery, is on our list because we found him as the recipient of Andy Bitterer’s funniest comment of the month. @markmadsen’s feed is a good follow because he converses with the likes of Neil Raden and John L. Myers, previous Trends and Outliers #FollowFriday nominees. He also has a great grasp of mergers and technologies across the industry.
Rick P. Sherman, a data warehousing and business intelligence consultant and trainer, wins best blog name of the month with his Data Doghouse. @rpsherman appeared on Information Management’s Data Management Radio program to talk metadata discovery and wrote a compelling piece on why business needs to trump tech specs when seeking database project buy-in.
We found Jomo Starke (@starkehealth) in the long-running discussion on BI Professionals in Twitter, part of the BI Professionals Group on LinkedIn. Jomo makes our list because he has a very cool first name and he’s a great source for BI news in the healthcare space.
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