The life of a technology analyst can vary everyday. Sometimes, you're buried in reports and stats, but sometimes you're on a stage, interviewing some of the biggest names on the planet and having thousands of people listen to you talk.
Business technology is a lot to keep track of for anybody, but analysts help cut through the hype and boil down the realities, challenges and surprises facing the industry today.
These six experts can elevate your feed and bring you daily doses of technology insight:
1. Doug Laney: @Doug_Laney
Description: "Gartner Analyst, Chief Data Officer research & advisory team. Data & Analytics Strategy, Infonomics, Big Data. Info Innovation. 10SNE1?"
Why follow? Laney is a big data expert and easily articulates how to quantify the value of information assets. His Twitter feed is equal parts Gartner Symposium updates and insights into "infonomics."
#MITSMRchat A2: Here's an illustration of good #metrics design from a presentation I give. Notice all the different components and how they work together. #dashboard #analytics #KPIs pic.twitter.com/VvzLSR50kY— Doug Laney (@Doug_Laney) August 30, 2018
2. Heidi Shey: @heidishey
Description: "Analyst at Forrester Research for Security & Risk. Focus: data security & privacy, consumer security, breach costs."
Why follow: Shay regularly tweets about a variety of privacy and security issues facing modern enterprises, as well as new research from Forrester on the topics.
Digging for the data on CISO salaries has been interesting. Saw a figure of 1M euros cited. Outlier? I assumed it was total comp (maybe including bonuses, etc), but it was described as salary. Do you have a go-to source for numbers on CISO salaries?— Heidi Shey (@heidishey) October 25, 2018
3. Frank Chen: @withfries2
Description: "Partner at @a16z. Tweets about startups, venture investing, AI, autonomy, science, tech, and the future. Sometimes Star Wars. And food. Opinions my own."
Why follow? In between learning something new with his "Wait, what?" reactions to fun and interesting news, Chen offers a wealth of experience about investing in tech and the effects of AI and automation.
A partner at Andreessen Horowitz for more than nine years, Chen frequently authors articles and joins the firm's podcast to talk about what's on the horizon of technology.
4. Patrick Moorhead: @PatrickMoorhead
Description: "Top-ranked tech industry analyst. Founder, President & Principal Analyst at boutique tech analyst firm Moor Insights & Strategy. Futurum advisor. Horse owner."
Why follow? Moorhead's tweets are an eclectic mix of lobster ball soup appreciation, hot takes on legacy companies' earnings, and relevant commentary on today's tech news, with focus on personal and enterprise tech.
5. Mohit Kumar: @unix_root
Why follow? If you're looking for someone besides your CISO to tell you about what vulnerabilities are popping up and what to do in response, Kumar is your guy. His company, The Hacker News, also offers fresh insight on other happenings in the tech industry.
Watch Out! A New Unpatched #Microsoft Office (Logical) Flaw Could Allow Hackers to Infect Your Computer Using Embedded Videos in Word Fileshttps://t.co/75NrQmoSgo— Mohit Kumar (@unix_root) October 30, 2018
Researcher Releases Proof-of-Concept. pic.twitter.com/givDr2jCZx
6. Rebecca Herold: @PrivacyProf
Description: "Infosec, privacy, IT|Tech Entrepreneur| President, SIMBUS360|CEO, Rebecca Herold & Assoc,LLC aka The Privacy Professor|Expert witness|THIS IS MY ONLY TWITTER ID"
Why follow? Herold has an active twitter account with short quips on what matters today. Her content regularly features risk management, privacy and ethics.
#AI results are only as good, honest & accurate as the humans who build the algorithms. Can bias & discrimination be built in? Of course! What independent expert will validate algorithms are accurate & fair? This must be part of any AI solution to have trust in it. https://t.co/LgOVFuC9tR— Rebecca Herold (@PrivacyProf) November 5, 2018