What Makes Someone an Influencer?
With the ever-changing technological environment in today’s world, we have completely changed the way we interact with one another. Now, we connect via smartphones and social media. This phenomenon has grown to an extent where businesses and brands now use influencers to communicate with the public.
Here at Qemploy, we have come up with a grand list of the most influential individuals or groups in the IT-consulting industry. These influencers vary between IT-specialists, IT-consultants and IT-consulting firms. However, the question you may be asking is what exactly is an influencer?
“A person or group that has the ability to influence the behavior or opinions of others.” – Cambridge Dictionary
From this definition, it can be gathered that it simply means to influence others. May it be to influence others to buy a product, acquire a service, or just commonly sharing one’s belief. In this article, the influencers have been chosen due to their innovative thinking and ability to share and influence their views within IT.
IT-Influencers and the Consulting I
Being in the consulting industry, Qemploy is curious to know how IT-influencers shape the consulting industry. Many companies are facing pressures to stay ahead of their competitors in regards to the digital transformation and are therefore in need of professional IT-consulting. It is key for companies to not fade into the back and stick with their original strategies. New and innovative strategies need to be implemented and one way of doing this is to look at influencers within the field.
Check out our list on the most influential individuals within IT-consulting in order to advance your business or yourself as a person. These influencers have a large following so do not hesitate to get involved, ask questions and engage because you have been directed to the best and right crowd. Technology is accelerating at an uncontrollable pace, so following these influencers will provide you with the latest trends, innovative strategies, or simply just inspire you.
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Kai-Fu Lee @kaifulee
Kai-Fu Lee is truly an AI expert. Kai-Fu is the CEO of Sinovation Ventures, which invest in start-ups with a focus on AI, IoT and more. Being the former president of Google China and author of NY Times best-seller AI Superpowers, it is safe to say he is a top influencer in the industry.
Cognizant is an IT-consulting company with a focus on helping companies go from doing digital to being digital. At an accelerating rate, Cognizant is one of the fastest growing companies.
Andrew Ng @AndrewYNg
Andrew Ng is the co-founder of Coursera, an online platform which supplies online learning courses from top universities. Andrew is the former head of Baidu AI Group and Google Brain and therefore has a deep understanding of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Tata Consultancy Services @TCS
Tata Consultancy Services is an Indian multinational IT service, consulting company. The company is the world’s 2nd largest IT services provider. They provide IT, business and outsourcing consulting services.
Tamara McCleary @TamaraMcCleary
Tamara McCleary has been voted within the top 10 in of top global influencer in the fields of Digital Transformation, Big Data, AI, and IoT. Tamara focuses on topics such as Cyber Security.
Ernst & Young @EYnews
Ernst & Young is a consulting company with a focus on financial advisory, however, they have great insights into the IT-consulting industry.
Ronald van Loon @Ronald_vanLoon
Ronald van Loon has been voted in the top 10 influencers in the topics of AI, Big Data, Data Science, and IoT. Ronald has written multiple articles on the topics as well as hosting webinars.
IBM is a global consulting firm split into two divisions, IBM Global Business Services and IBM Global Technology Services. IBM uses technologies such as AI,
Simon Porter @simonlporter
Simon Porter is a leading influencer within IoT, Cloud and Big Data. Simon focuses on agile methodologies to help business adapt.
Accenture Digital is a global management consulting firm which provides strategy, technology, and operational consulting. They have a high degree of knowledge with helping companies into the digital transformation.
Antonio Grasso @antgrasso
Antonio Grasso is a B2B influencer, innovator, and speaker with a focus on AI and Blockchain. Based in Naples he is the CEO of start-up DBI and with the knowledge gained here, he has become a start-up mentor.
Spiros Margaris @SpirosMargaris
Spiros Margaris is named No. 1 FinTech, AI & Blockchain influencer by Onalytica in 2018. Spiros is a speaker at international FinTech and InsurTech conferences.
Sean Kerner is an IT consultant, innovative thinker, and technology user. Defined as a tech journalist, Sean shares tips and tricks on content development, ‘ethical hacking’ and more.
Oliver Christie @OliverChristie
Oliver Christie is an AI Consultant helping companies stay ahead of their game in a technological aspect. Oliver has won multiple awards and is a writer for many AI focused magazines.
Nigel Willson @nigewillson
Nigel Willson is a strategist at Microsoft, focusing on bringing innovation and AI to the world. Nigel has also been in the industry of consultancy, architecture, and program management.
Martin Ford @MFordFuture
Martin Ford is seen as a futurist. He is a NY Times best-seller author of Rise of the Robots. His newest book Architects of Intelligence focuses on the truth behind the people building AI.
Sven Philipsen @svenphilipsen
As the CEO and founder of Eachthing ApS, Sven Philipsen is defined as an innovative thinker and futurist. Sven is also a leading influencer within AI and Blockchain.
Stacey Higginbotham @gigastacey
Stacey Higginbotham is an influential blogger with worldwide knowledge of IoT. Stacy is the founder of Stacy on IoT, which produces weekly podcasts, newsletters, and daily articles on IoT.
Deloitte is a multinational consulting company, providing multiple different consulting services. In terms of IT-consulting, they have a wide knowledge with providing clients with technological integration.
David Linthicum @DavidLinthicum
David Linthicum is a Cloud Computer Strategy Officer at Deloitte Consulting Group. David has published 13 books and more than 500 articles on computing.
Mark Lynd @mclynd
Mark Lynd has first-hand experience with many technological aspects, such as Cyber Security. Mark has lead advertising teams which have won 3 Gold, 4 Silver, and three Bronze Addy Awards combined.
Peggy Smedley @ConnectedWMag
Peggy Smedley is an influencer aspiring to encourage the next generation to become innovative thinkers. Peggy does this through her broad knowledge on IoT, AI, Blockchain and more.
Daniel Elizalde @delizalde
Daniel Elizalde is an IoT expert. Daniel is a strategy coach and instructor at Stanford in the field of IoT. As well as this, Danial is the host of the IoT product leadership podcast.
DXC Technology @DXCTechnology
DXC Technology is a B2B consulting firm delivering end-to-end, information technology services and digital transformative solutions for large and mid-scale global organizations.
Chuck Martin @chuckmartin
Chuck Martin is an IoT podcast host and keynote speaker. Chuck is the author of best-seller book, The Digital Estate, which focuses on do’s and don’ts with using the internet in a business setting.
Paul Daugherty @pauldaugh
Paul Daugherty is the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at management consulting group, Accenture. Paul is also the co-author along with H. James Wilson of Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI.
Oren Etzioni @etzioni
Oren Etzioni is the CEO of the Allen Institute for AI, which is a research institute pursuing to find scientific breakthroughs within AI.
Mike Tamir @MikeTamir
Mike Tamir is the head of Data Science at Uber Advanced Technology Group and the University of California, Berkley. Mike focuses on machine learning and deep learning.
Henrik Lileindahl is the founder of Product Data Lake, which provides help with data flow between trading partners. Henrik is therefore defined as a Data Management Consultant.
Dr. Sandra Wachter@SandraWachter5
Dr. Sandra Wachter is a Researcher in the legal and ethical aspects of data science at Oxford University. Sandra is one of the top global influencers on AI.
Innovation is Key
Following and engaging with these innovative IT-influencers can lead ideas to start flowing for you or your company. These innovative ideas are not only essential for individuals and companies but for the world as a whole. We are moving at such a fast pace with technology, and so sharing and gaining knowledge about the industry is a must.
If we did not mention your favorite IT-influencer then do not
We are glad to add more IT-influencers on the list!