Learn how big data and other sources of information can be transformed into valuable knowledge - knowledge that can create incredible competitive advantage to propel a business toward market leadership.

Learn through examples and experience exactly how to pick projects and build analytics teams that deliver results. Know the ethical and privacy issues, and apply the three-part litmus test of context, permission, and accuracy.

Without a doubt, data and analytics are the new source of competitive advantage, but how do executives go from hype to action? That's the objective of this book - to assist executives in making the right investments in the right place and at the right time in order to reap the full benefits of data analytics.

In Praise Of...

One could argue - and probably easily win the argument - that there has been more change in analytics over the past ten years than at any time in the history of the world. For that reason alone, a book like this one that provides a clear-eyed assessment of the state of the art in analytics is enormously valuable.
- Thomas H. Davenport

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John is an international technology executive with over 30 years of experience in building and growing technology companies.

Most recently, John lead the advanced analytics business unit of the Dell Software Group. John is also the co-author of Analytics: How to win with Intelligence, which debuted on Amazon as the #1 new book in Analytics in 2017.

Mr. Thompson’s technology expertise includes all aspects of advanced analytics and information management including – descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics, analytical applications, deep learning, cognitive computing, big data, data warehousing, business intelligence systems, and high performance computing.

One of John’s primary areas of focus and interest has been to create innovative technologies to increase the value derived by organizations around the world.

John has built start-up organizations from the ground up and he has reengineered business units of Fortune 500 firms to reach their potential. He has directly managed and run - sales, marketing, consulting, support and product development organizations.

He is a technology leader with expertise and experience spanning all operational areas with a focus on strategy, product innovation, growth and efficient execution.

John is a management consultant who helps - start-ups launch and grow rapidly and works with established companies to design, develop and launch new products and services.

Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Ferris State University and a MBA in Marketing from DePaul University.

Speaking Engagements

Keynote Speaker - Data Science: Insights to Action - Predictive Analytics & Big Data

Keynote Speaker - Big Data Chicago

Keynote Speaker - Harnessing the Power of IoT with Analytics at the Edge - API World - San Jose

Panel Discussion - ECUCAUSE: The Science of Predictive Analytics in Education

Keynote Speaker - MEMS Executive Congress – IoT, Analytics and the Future of Data

Dell World –

Future of Analytics
IoT & Edge Analytics

Executive Speaker & Corporate Spokesperson - Dell Annual Analyst Conference - Big Data, Advanced Analytics & Internet of Things

Speaker - Dell's ‘1-5-10’ Series Examines the Future of Big Data Beyond the Hype