About Bill

A Little Bit About The Dean of Big Data

Bill Schmarzo is regarded as one of the top Digital Transformation influencers on Big Data and Data Science. His career spans over 30 years in data warehousing, BI and advanced analytics. As the current CTO, Analytics and IoT for Hitachi Vantara, “The Dean of Big Data” guides the company’s technology strategy and drives “co-creation” efforts with select customers to leverage IoT and analytics to power digital transformation.


Bill formerly served as CTO of Big Data at Dell EMC where he formulated the company’s Big Data practice strategy, identified target markets, developed solution frameworks and led Analytics client engagements with his Vision Workshop. As the Vice President of Analytics at Yahoo!, he delivered the analytics tools and applications that optimized customers’ online marketing spend.


Bill is a University of San Francisco School of Management (SOM) Executive Fellow and an Honorary Professor at the School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland-Galway where he teaches and mentors students in his coursesBig Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science and Thinking Like a Data Scientist. He is the author of “The Art of Thinking Like a Data Scientist,”  “Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business” and “Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science.” He has written several white papers and a series of articles on analytic applications. He is an avid blogger and in 2019 was ranked the #4 Big Data influencer, #4 Data Science, and #6 Digital Transformation influencer worldwide by Onalytica.


Bill is passionate about teaching his students and followers how to Think Like a Data Scientist, an approach advocating the capacity to learn concepts and methodologies, enabling transferable skills in a world driven by the rapid introduction and adoption of new tools and open source frameworks.