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Back to School: Gartner’s Big Data Syllabus for 2013-14

by Doug Laney  |  August 19, 2013  |  1 Comment

As summer wanes and the kids are heading back to school, I got to thinking about what a Big Data university program might look like if taught by some of the top minds at Gartner. So if you are matriculating this year or just considering enrolling with Gartner, here are your syllabus and instructors for Big Data University (BDU), home of the Fighting Petabytes:


Big Data Hype 101, Professor Nick Huedecker

The Nexus of Forces: Information, Social, Mobile and Cloud 201, Professors Daryl Plummer, Chris Howard

Big Data Strategy Essentials 201, Professors Doug Laney, Frank Buytendijk

Enterprise Information Management 101, Professors Mark Beyer, Roxane Edjlali, Nick Huedecker

Big Data Architecture 201, Professors Mark Beyer, Marcus Collins

Data Governance and Quality 301, Professors Ted Friedman, Debra Logan

Data Science and Advanced Analytics 201, Professors Lisa Kart, Alexander Linden, Svetlana Sicular, Doug Laney

Big Data File Systems 301, Professors Merv Adrian, Donald Feinberg, Marcus Collins, Roxane Edjlali

Self-Service Business Intelligence 201, Professors Kurt Schlegel, Rita Sallam, Neil Chandler, Daniel Yuen

Big Data Privacy and Ethics 101, Professors Frank Buytendijk, Jay Heiser

Mobile Business Intelligence 301, Professors Joao Tapadinhas, Lyn Robison

Big Data Analytics Technologies Lab, Professors Carlie Idoine, Svetlana Sicular, Rita Sallam, Neil Chandler, Jamie Popkin

International Studies in Big Data, Professors Hideaki Horiuchi, Donald Feinberg, Bhavish Sood, Dan Sommer, Daniel Yuen, Alexander Linden, Frank Buytedijk, Eric Thoo

Social and Collaborative Analytics 201, Professors Carol Rozwell, Rita Sallam

Executive Education in Big Data 101, Professors Hung LeHong, Mark Raskino, Doug Laney

Innovating with Information 301, Professors Doug Laney, Frank Buytendijk, Lisa Kart

Business Intelligence Competency Centers 201, Professors Bill Hostmann, Kurt Schlegel

Data Integration Approaches and Technologies 201, Professors Colleen Graham, Mark Beyer,  Roxane Edjlali


Of course there are several electives to choose from as well:

The Role of the Chief Data Officer, Professors Debra Logan, Mark Raskino, Joe Bugajski, Doug Laney

Infonomics and the Economics of Information, Professors Doug Laney, Andrew White

Sentiment Analysis, Professors Jamie Popkin, Gareth Herschel

Master Data Management, Professors Andrew White, Bill O’Kane

Big Data in Financial Services, Professor Mary Knox

Big Data in Telecommunications, Professor Mei Selvage

Big Data and Analytics Service Providers and Outsourcing, Alex Soejarto

Big Data and Operational Technology, Professors Kristian Steenstrup, Doug Laney

Complex Event Processing, Professor Roy Schulte

Digital Marketing, Yvonne Genovese, Gareth Herschel

Performance Management, Dr. Christopher Iervolino, Professor Nigel Raynor


Dean of the College of Business Intelligence, Analytics and Performance Management: Ian Bertram

Dean of the College of Enterprise Information Management: Regina Casonato


To see Gartner Big Data University “professor” biographies, visit:

To schedule remote office hours with any professor, contact

For your required Gartner BDU reading list, visit:

To attend find out how to see and meet with your favorite Gartner “professors” at one of our upcoming global Symposia or Summits, visit: and


We look forward to seeing you in class!


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Doug Laney
VP and Distinguished Analyst, Data & Analytics Strategy
12 years at Gartner
30 years in IT industry

Doug Laney is a research vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner. He advises clients on data and analytics strategy, information innovation, and infonomics (measuring, managing and monetizing information as an actual corporate asset). Follow Doug on Twitter @Doug_Laney...Read Full Bio

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