Luminaries & Thought Leaders (Columnists)

(alphabetical order)

Jim Sinur

Jim Sinur, columnist, is a VP and Research Fellow at Aragon. As a distinguished Thought Leader, Jim covers Digital Transformation, the Digital Business Platform (DBP), the Internet of Things(IoT), Cognitive Delivery, and the Intelligent Workplace. Prior to joining Aragon, Jim spent 20 years at Gartner, where he was critical in creating the first Hype Cycle and Maturity Model, which have become…

Richard Soley, Ph.D

Richard Soley, Ph.D., columnist, is Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG), the world's largest standards consortium; as well as Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council; and Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Jim Spohrer, Ph.D.

Jim Spohrer, Ph.D., is Director, Cognitive OpenTech at IBM. Cognitive open technologies include open source intelligence augmentation (IA), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL). IBM Director, Global University Programs and Lead of Cognitive Systems Institute (2009 - 2016). Jim has been pioneering the development of a new field known as service science (Ser…

Jim Stikeleather

Jim Stikeleathercolumnist, has designed, developed and implemented award winning information and communications technologies over the past 30 years. Most recently serving as Chief Innovation Officer at Dell Services, Jim speaks and consults internationally on digital infrastructures and evaluation of emerging technologies, providing strategic guidance, and participating in in…

Sheridan Tatsuno

Sheridan Tatsuno, columnist, is passionate about urban planning, writing (fiction/nonfiction), and VR (virtual reality). Sheridan is a Silicon Valley market researcher and breakthrough strategist who has helped raise $10M for 8 startups since 2000 and advised over 700 global tech companies since 1983, including major breakthroughs: Intel into processor (1985), "Intel Inside" (1992), Nokia's glo…

Alan Trefler

Alan Trefler, columnist, is a visionary leader, technology change-agent, innovative philanthropist, and trusted advisor to global business executives. Alan founded Pegasystems in 1983 and has built the company into a $840 million provider of customer engagement solutions with more than 4,200 employees in 37 global offices. His book Build for Change describes a new genera…

Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa, columnist, is a Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, and was recently Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.

Kathleen Walch

Kathleen Walch, columnist, is Co-Founder, Senior Analyst at Cognilytica. Kathleen is a serial entrepreneur, savvy marketer, AI and Machine Learning expert, and tech industry connector. She is a senior analyst and founder of Cognilytica, an AI research and advisory firm, and co-host of the popular AI Today pod…

Richard Welke, Ph.D.

Richard Welke, Ph.D., columnist, has held many roles over 25 years to bootstrap dormant units to create a series of new units within the prevailing university structure. Not replicating. New visions for going forward. Dr. Welke is director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, and professor and previous chair of the Center for Process Innovation, e-Commerce Institute, GeM (Global e-…

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Ph.D.


Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Ph.D., columnist, retired from IBM after 37 years of identifying emerging technologies and marketplace developments critical to the future of the IT industry. Since retiring from IBM, he has served a Strategic Adviser for Citigroup, HBO and Mastercard.