MEET OUR EXPERTS
Wikibon is a community of business technology practitioners founded to deliver the most actionable and real-time information available in the marketplace. Since 2007, Wikibon's research has been viewed and trusted by millions.
Co-Founder & Chief Analyst
David Vellante is co-CEO of SiliconANGLE Media, as well as co-founder and Chief Research Officer of The Wikibon Project, the world’s leading open source technology research community. Dave is a long-time tech industry analyst, entrepreneur, writer and speaker. He is co-host of theCUBE – “The ESPN of Tech.” He is also a co-founder of CrowdChat, an angel funded startup based in Palo Alto using big data techniques to extract business value from social data. Prior to these exploits, Dave ran a CIO consultancy and spent a decade growing and managing IDC’s largest business unit. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and four children where he is active in town activities including serving as the president of his town’s local “Kiddie Sports” association. Dave holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Union College.
Chief Research Officer
Peter manages Wikibon and directs research at SiliconANGLE Media. His own research focuses on the evolving relationship among customers, business, and technology. collaboration, big data, and new application development tooling are among the technologies he covers. He has over 25 years of experience in technology and business. Prior to joining SiliconANGLE Media, Peter worked with Forrester, META Group (now Gartner), HP, the Naval Postgraduate School, and IDC. He lives in Silicon Valley, CA.
David Floyer spent more than 20 years at IBM, holding positions in research, sales, marketing, systems analysis and running IT operations for IBM France. He worked directly with IBM’s largest European customers, including BMW, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Lloyd’s Bank. Floyer was a Research Vice President at International Data Corporation (IDC) and is a recognized expert in IT strategy, economic value justification, systems architecture, performance, clustering and systems software.
Stuart Miniman is an active member of the networking (Ethernet and SAN), virtualization (vExpert 2011-2015) and cloud communities. Stu (even Biz Stone agreed that @stu is a great Twitter handle) is a proponent of linking information and people in IT by leveraging the latest tools and processes from the innovation and social media communities. In past positions, including sales, product management and strategic planning, he has focused on the needs of customers by working with partners to deliver the solutions or information that the customers require. Stuart worked at EMC for 10 years; with a primary focus on storage networking and virtualization technologies. He also worked with voice/video/data solutions at Lucent Technologies (now Avaya) and power solutions at American Power Conversion. He has spoken at many industry conferences and writes for his own blog. Stuart holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Bryant University.
Jim is Wikibon's Lead Analyst for Data Science, Deep Learning, and Application Development. Previously, Jim was IBM's data science evangelist. He managed IBM's thought leadership, social and influencer marketing programs targeted at developers of big data analytics, machine learning, and cognitive computing applications. Prior to his 5-year stint at IBM, Jim was an analyst at Forrester Research, Current Analysis, and the Burton Group. He is also a prolific blogger, a popular speaker, and a familiar face from his many appearances as an expert on theCUBE and at industry events."
George Gilbert is Big Data & Analytics Analyst for Wikibon/theCUBE. Previously he was a Big Data analyst for Gigaom Research. Before that he co-founded Techalphapartners, a consultancy that advised vendors and institutional investors on market development and product strategy. George has led conference panels with prominent thought leaders in cloud infrastructure and big data. He has been profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and published as a guest author in a major overview of the evolution of cloud computing in The Economist. Previously, George was the lead enterprise software analyst for Credit Suisse First Boston, one of the top investment banks serving the technology sector. Prior to being an analyst, George was a product manager on Notes at Lotus Development. George received his BA in economics from Harvard University.
Ralph Finos, Ph.D., is an innovative IT industry market research analyst and consultant with 20+ years designing and executing strategic projects for IT vendors. He’s experienced in applying the right methodology and approach to solve challenging market research problems. He complements his industry knowledge and research know-how with hands-on management and continuous communication and collaboration with clients throughout the engagement. Dr. Finos’s areas of interest include the fundamental adoption drivers and behavior involved in technology innovation and the development of market and company models. Recent project work includes sizing and forecasting cloud markets, big data user trends, organizational and job role implications of storage management, and analysis of the application of technology to line-of-business applications. He earned a BA from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. from Hofstra University in Applied Research. He led IDC’s US Hardware, Software, and Services Consulting practice for many years before founding ralphfinosconsulting.com.
Neil's career spans roles as a P&C actuary with AIG, founder of a consulting/systems integration firm, software developer, healthcare CTO and industry analyst, always focused on data, analytics, quantitative methods and decision processes with a realistic approach to technology infusion in organizations. He is a prolific writer publishing over 70 white papers, hundreds of articles, books, blogs, keynote addresses and research reports. He lives in Santa Fe, has five (college educated) kids, five grandchildren and married the woman he met the first day of college.
Nick is a veteran storage industry guru with more than 40 years' experience in information technology who now consults on best practices in information storage at The Tod Point Group which he founded. Previously, Nick spent 20 years with Gartner Inc. as Vice President and Research Director where he focused on information storage, storage networking and storage management. Prior to Gartner, he was a senior management consultant specializing in system planning, capacity and storage performance management. Previously, he worked in IT management, operating systems, and business and scientific applications. While covering storage networking and cloud storage at Wikibon, he also brings his storage expertise to bear on virtualization at DABCC.