Data, especially big data, can be overwhelming, but for those who understand the power of analytics, data is beautiful. With the right tools, analytics can help us find recognizable patterns - and therefore meaning - in all kinds of data. And those patterns can help make all kinds of things run more smoothly, more efficiently and more profitably. Want to learn more about this emerging and fast-changing aspect of data collection and management? We've compiled a list of the most influential voices who are talking about it on Twitter.

Why this list? Well, it's based on Twitter data culled according to content, follower/following ratios, frequency of tweets, blog popularity, the opinions of other analytics experts and our own subjective judgment.

One note: Some influential voices are not included, either because they don't have active Twitter accounts, or they only tweet about analytics sporadically. Here, our goal is to provide the best possible stream of analytics news and insight.

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Adam Singer
Analytics advocate for Google Analytics. Blogs at


Barry Devlin
Founder of 9Sight Consulting. Authority on BI. Author, lecturer, consultant.

Big Data Science
Twitter page for Data Science Central. Run by data scientist Vincent Granville.

Brian Ahier
President of Advanced Health Information Exchange Resources, LLC. Blogs at


Colin White
President and founder of BI Research. Specialist in business intelligence and business integration.

Claudia Imhoff
Founder of Boulder BI Brain Trust. Consultant and analyst for business intelligence, analytics and the technical architectures that support them.

Curt Monash
Owner and operator of Monash Research. Strategic advisor, writer, editor, researcher.


David Smith
Chief community officer at Revolution Analytics.

Dean Abbott
Chief data scientist at SmarterRemarketer. Teaches courses and workshops under Abbot Analytics. Blogs at

Dale Sanders
Senior VP for strategy at Health Catalyst. Blogs at


Eric Kavanagh
CEO of The Bloor Group. Host of The Briefing Room. Blogs at

Evangelos Simoudis
VC, senior managing director at Trident Capital. Blogs at



Gregory Piatetsky
President of KDnuggets. Expert in analytics, big data, data science and data mining.


Hilary Mason
Data scientist at Accel Partners. Blogs at



Jaime Fitzgerald
President of Fitzgerald Analytics. Advisor, author, speaker.

James Kobielus
IBM data evangelist and senior program director for product marketing. Editor-in-chief of IBM Data Magazine.


Kirk Borne
Ph.D. data scientist, astrophysicist and top big data influencer. Blogs at


Lillian Pierson
Engineer, data scientist and growth hacker at Data Mania. Blogs at

Lisa Arthur
CMO at TeraData. Author of "Big Data Marketing."


Marcus Borba
CTO at Spark Strategic Business Solution. Blogs at

Mark Madsen

Data researcher, industry analyst and strategy consultant for all things data. President of Third Nature.

Mark van Rijmenam
Founder/speaker at Big Data-Startups. Big data strategist. Author.

Matt Aslett
Research director at 451 Research. Former IT journalist.

Merv Adrian
Gartner IT industry analyst. Blogs at

Michael Cavaretta
Data Scientist at Ford Motor Company. Top big data influencer and speaker.

Mike Ferguson
Managing director of Intelligent Business Strategies Ltd. Analyst and consultant specializing in BI, big data, data management and enterprise business integration.


Natasha Bishop
Chief data strategy lead at IBM.





Rick Sherman
Founder of founder of Athena IT Solutions. Business, analytics, data integration and data warehousing consultant and trainer. Industry analyst and author. Blogs at

Rick van der Lans
Managing director of R20/Consultancy. Analyst, consultant, author and lecturer specializing in data warehousing, BI, big data, data virtualization and database technology.


Seth Grimes
Founder of Alta Plana Corproation. Industry analyst covering text analytics, sentiment analysis, and analysis on the confluence of structured and unstructured data sources.


Terry Timko
Director of autonomy strategy & portfolio at HP Enterprise Services.

Tom H.C. Anderson
CEO of Odin Text. Founder and managing partner of Anderson Analytics. Blogs at

Tony Baer
IT analyst with Ovum. Blogs at

Tom Davenport
Senior advisor to Deloitte Analytics. Professor of IT and Management at Babson College. Speaker, author, writer.