Cloud Wars Founder
Chief Content Officer
Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder of the Acceleration Economy, Bob leads the strategic direction of the global analyst network and actively covers the Cloud and Digital Business categories. Creator of Cloud Wars Top 10, a ranking and ongoing analysis world's most-influential tech companies driving digital business and the digital economy. World-class strategic communicator focused on emerging business strategy, disruptive innovation, and forward-looking leadership. After many years of award-winning editorial leadership, was recruited by Larry Ellison to transform how Oracle Corp. communicated its vision and business value to the world. Have given keynote talks on every continent (except Anta
SVP, Editorial Director
Sr. Analyst, Data
John is SVP & Editorial Director of the Acceleration Economy Network and Sr. Data Analyst. For more than 20 years, John has covered database management systems and data warehouses, and the ongoing challenges businesses face with data quality, policy, performance, and scale. He also writes and podcasts regularly about the latest trends and innovations in cloud database platforms, including data integration, analytics, machine learning, data transformation, autonomous management, and hybrid clouds. John digs into real-world use cases and best practices that lead to data-driven insights and actions. Recently he helped drive strategy as a communications leader at Oracle, IBM, and MongoDB. That first-hand industry experience informs his perspective and analysis.
a.k.a The Bearded Analyst 📊 | Aaron is an Acceleration Economy Analyst focused on empowering individuals and organizations with the information they need to make crucial decisions. He surfaces practical insights through podcasts, news desk interviews, analysis reports, and more to equip you with what you need to #competefast in the acceleration economy. | 🎧 Love listening to podcasts wherever you go? Then check out my "Back @ IT" podcast and listen wherever you get your podcasts delivered: https://back-at-it.transistor.fm #wdfa
Bridget is the Founding Editor of Acceleration Economy and drives a multi-faceted editorial strategy towards the organizational mission - to empower businesses to compete in the Acceleration Economy through application of tech + human ingenuity. With a heart for the tech community and a mind for agile organizational change, her Analyst POV covers Business Psychology and IT Strategy. Bridget embraces her passions of social impact, diversity and inclusion by leading the Analyst Network and Women in Tech initiatives.
CIO/CTO/CDO | CEO/Board Advisor
Wayne Sadin, an Acceleration Economy Analyst focused on Board Strategy, has had a 30-year IT career spanning Logistics, Financial Services, Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Direct-Response Marketing, Construction, Consulting, and Technology. He’s been CIO, CTO, CDO, advisor to CEOs/Boards, Angel Investor, and Independent Director at firms ranging from start-ups to multinationals.
Janet Schijns is an Acceleration Economy Analyst focusing on Partners Ecosystem and Women in Technology. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of JS Group, a go to market consultancy dedicated to achieving results. She was named Channel Influencer of the year in March 2019 beating out a slate of nominees from the top tech firms in the world, and she has been in the top 5 influencers every year for the past decade. She was formerly EVP and CMSO at Office Depot, where she led a major transformation to drive traction in IT services, generating recurring revenue from higher margin solutions.
Chris Hughes is an Acceleration Economy Analyst focusing on Cyber Security. Chris currently serves as the Co-Founder and CISO of Aquia. Chris has nearly 20 years of IT/Cybersecurity experience. This ranges from active duty time with the U.S. Air Force, a Civil Servant with the U.S. Navy and General Services Administration (GSA)/FedRAMP as well as time as a consultant in the private sector. In addition, he also is an Adjunct Professor for M.S. Cybersecurity programs at Capitol Technology University and University of Maryland Global Campus. Chris also participates in industry Working Groups such as the Cloud Security Alliances Incident Response Working Group and serves as the Membership Chair for Cloud Security Alliance D.C. Chris also co-hosts the Resilient Cyber Podcast. Chris holds various industry certifications such as the CISSP/CCSP from ISC2 as holding both the AWS and Azure security certifications. He regularly consults with IT and Cybersecurity leaders from various industries to assist their organizations with their Cloud migration journeys while keeping Security a core component of that transformation.
Managing Director & Founder
Leonard Lee is an Acceleration Economy Analyst focusing on Edge Computing for the enterprise market and founder/managing director of neXt Curve, a research advisory firm focused on cross-domain ICT technology and industry research. neXt Curve advises some of the leading technology companies, regulators and enterprises. Leonard has 30 years of experience as a management consultant and industry analyst, Mr. Lee is a former managing partner with Gartner Inc. and partner/principal with IBM and PwC who has advised and delivered emerging technology and digital business solutions to leading enterprises across a broad range of industries and has worked closely with numerous Global 500 companies in driving business innovation and value through digital technologies and reinvention.
Bonnie Tinder is an Acceleration Economy Analyst focused on Customer Voice. For over 25 years, Bonnie has worked with top Software companies leading implementation, marketing and sales initiatives. In 2018, she founded Raven Intelligence—a peer review site for Enterprise Software Consulting, designed to help customers make a well-informed choice in an implementation partner. In addition, Raven Intel works with leading Systems Integrators and Software Vendors to understand and interpret the Voice of the Customer related to implementation and project success from an independent perspective. In building the Raven Intel community, Bonnie has interviewed over 1,000 customers about their Enterprise Software implementation experiences and has produced several reports on the state of HCM implementation and software. Bonnie holds a B.A. from Taylor University and is a native of Chicago, where she lives with her family.
CIO at Paragon Films
Acceleration Economy Analyst focused on business & technology strategy for the SMB CIO and the current CIO of Paragon Films, Kenny analyzes the impact of technology to drive business, process, and customer value for mid-market companies. His expertise in automation, enterprise information architecture, security, and more are covered through his contributions.
Ronak Mathur is an Acceleration Economy Analyst focusing on Automation. Ronak is a Software professional with 4+ years of experience specializing in Robotics Process Automation. He possess a strong track record in end-to-end implementation of RPA solutions, working closely with business SMEs across different industries including Finance, Health and others to identify, qualify opportunities, improve business processes and deploy emerging technologies. Ronak believes that most of the business processes which are mundane can be automated but lack of awareness and education among businesses about robots limits the use of automation. He has focused on stakeholder engagement and education of RPA within businesses to clarify all misconceptions regarding the bots, which has helped organizations to scale up the automation and resulted in successful implementations of complex bots.
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Paul Swider is an Acceleration Economy Analyst focused on healthcare technology and the Chief Philanthropy Officer for RealActivity, a Boston-based SaaS startup, focused on streamlining healthcare operations and improving the patient-provider experience. Paul is also the Founder and community engagement lead for the Boston Healthcare Technology User Group. Paul is passionate about speaking at international conferences in his spare time, and he occasionally gets to chase the tides and winds as an avid sailor with his family and friends in Puerto Rico. -`ღ´-
IT Strategy, Security
Frank Ohlhorst is an Acceleration Economy Analyst focusing on IT Strategy and Security. He is an information technology industry analyst and award-winning technology journalist, with extensive experience as a business consultant, editor, author, and blogger. Frank contributes to several leading technology publications and has contributed to eWeek, Enterprise Security Planet, Enterprise Networking Planet, CIO.COM, Desktop Engineering Magazine, SDTimes, IDG, Techrepublic, Peerlyst and numerous other publications. Frank also moderates roundtables at industry events, presents at industry events and helps organize industry events.
Bill Doerrfeld, an Acceleration Economy Analyst focused on Low Code/No Code & Cyber Security, is a tech journalist and API thought leader. Bill has been researching and covering SaaS and cloud IT trends since 2013, sharing insights through high-impact articles, interviews, and reports. Bill is the Editor in Chief for Nordic APIs, one the most well-known API blogs in the world. He is also a contributor to DevOps.com, Container Journal, Tech Beacon, ProgrammableWeb, and other presences. He's originally from Seattle, where he attended the University of Washington. He now lives and works in Portland, Maine. Bill loves connecting with new folks and forecasting the future of our digital world. If you have a PR, or would like to discuss how to work together, feel free to reach out at his personal website: www.doerrfeld.io.
Acceleration Economy Analyst focused on business & technology strategy for Business Apps. After serving as the Online Editor for BBC Sky at Night Magazine and as the Editorial Assistant for BBC Focus Magazine, Kieron decided to take his passions to the freelance space in 2015. Since then, he partners with technology start-ups and organizations that share his interests in science, social affairs, non-profit work, fashion and the arts.
Scott Vaughan is an Acceleration Economy Analyst focusing on the Chief Marketing Officer and marketing's role and contribution to this massive business movement. Scott will be writing and sharing perspective, ideas and examples of what Marketing is and can do to drive the change and impact at a time when the pace of change is rampant and the stakes are so high for companies and employees, alike. Scott is a B2B CMO and go-to-market leader with a belief in collaboratively building businesses, expanding markets, accelerating growth, and developing impactful teams that create value. He continuously evolves his GTM playbook as the B2B buying-selling process is rapidly changing. Marketing (and all) must change with it. As a B2B CMO, Scott has learned creating scalable companies and revenue starts with impactful go-to-market strategies that exploit BIG market shifts like the Acceleration Economy movement, bullseye customer pains (realized or not), crafting and delivering high-impact programs, and being accountable to measurable goals and metrics. Drop him a note if you have ideas, a perspective to share or just want to share and compare notes!
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Robert Wood is an Acceleration Economy Analyst focusing on Cyber Security. He has led the development of multiple cyber security programs from the ground up at startups across the healthcare, cyber security, and digital marketing industries. Between experience with startups and application security consulting he has both leadership and hands on experience across technical domains such as the cloud, containers, DevSecOps, quantitative risk assessments, and more. Robert has a deep interest in the soft skills side of cyber security leadership, workforce development, communication and budget and strategy alignment. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at a U.S. Federal Agency and his views are his own, not representing that of the U.S. Government or any agency.
Business Data Scientist and Project Manager (Waterfall & Agile) with experience in Business Intelligence, Robotics Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning in multiple business fields, gained within global business environment over the last 20 years. University Professor of ML and AI, International speaker and Author. Active supporter of Open-Source software development. Looking to grow with the next challenge.