Meet the newest Data Superheros: The Sixth Annual Data Impact Awards Finalists Are…

Meet the newest Data Superheros: The Sixth Annual Data Impact Awards Finalists Are…

Drum roll…  Starting from well over 100 nominations, we are excited to announce the finalists for this year’s Data Impact Awards! Each year, nominees have raised the bar, and this year is no exception. The level of impact that organizations have shown and the variety of use cases are inspiring. From AI models that power retail customer decision engines to utility meter analysis that disables underperforming gas turbines, these finalists demonstrate how machine learning and analytics have become mission-critical to organizations around the world.

Two weeks from today we will announce the winners at the Data Impact Awards Celebration on Tuesday, 11th September the week of Strata Data 2018, New York.

We owe a great debt to our panel of judges who provided over 600 total nomination evaluations. These thought leaders in data management and analytics represent all areas of the industry from executives and industry analysts to professors and media experts. Here’s what a few our judges had to say after reviewing and scoring nominations:

“The nominations showed highly creative, innovative ways of using data, analytics, data science and predictive methodologies to optimize processes and to provide more positive customer experiences. These finalists are an asset to their companies and to society for their impactful thinking.” – Cornelia Levy-Bencheton

“Every year, the caliber of submissions goes up many notches. However, this year, it is evident that the pace of acceleration to modern data architectures has intensified. Organizations have doubled their commitments to digital transformations. The finalists have shown tremendous innovations for new workloads across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.” – Sanjeev Mohan

“Data-driven strategies are driving change across organizations.  From revenue models to technical architectures, digital transformation is remaking the way that organizations do business.” – John Myers

“This year’s submissions demonstrate outstanding innovation in advanced data processing, and the impact can be felt throughout their organizations, their industries, and our broader society. These distinguished finalists are exemplars as data-driven enterprises.” – Bob Gourley

And now, without further ado, we present our finalists, listed by award theme and category!


Grow Your Business

Connect Products and Services

  • Chesapeake Energy
  • Cielo (nominated by Zoomdata)
  • Komatsu Mining (nominated by Arcadia Data)
  • Toshiba Memory Corporation
  • Top 10 global healthcare company

Protect your Business


Enterprise Machine Learning

  • AbbVie
  • Be The Match/Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (nominated by MetiStream)
  • Bell Canada (nominated by Arcadia Data)
  • GM Financial (nominated by BlueData)
  • Western Union

Modern Data Warehousing

Cloud Success


Rookie of the Year  

Societal Impact  

Business Transformation

  • Arrowstreet Capital 
  • BT
  • Celcom Axiata Berhad
  • Department of Homeland Security – Data Framework Program
  • United Overseas Bank Group (UOB)


Once again, thank you to the global team of 25 judges who selected the Data Impact Award finalists:

  • Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Ovum, @TonyBaer
  • Mike Barlow, Managing Partner, Cumulus Partners
  • Jean S. Bozman, VP and Principal Analyst, Hurwitz & Associates
  • Brian Buntz, Content Director, Iot Institute, Informa, @brian_buntz
  • Jeff Byrne, Senior Analyst & Consultant, Taneja Group
  • Brian Carpenter, Co-Host, The Hot Aisle Podcast, @intheDC
  • Chwee Kan Chua, Global Research Director, BDA and Cognitive/AI, IDC, @Chweechua
  • Charlie Dai, Principal Analyst, Forrester, @CharlieKunDai
  • Dana Gardner, President and Principal Analyst, Interarbor Solutions
  • Bob Gourley, Founder Crucial Point LLC and Publisher,,, @BobGourley
  • Doug Henschen, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research
  • Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton, Principal, CLB Strategic Consulting
  • Dave Menninger, SVP and Research Director, Ventana Research
  • Sanjeev Mohan, Research Director, Gartner, @SanjMo
  • Holger Mueller, Principal Analyst & VP, Constellation Research, @holgermu
  • Yves Mulkers, Founder, 7wData
  • John Myers, Managing Research Director, Enterprise Management Associates
  • Neil Raden, CEO & Principal Analyst, Hired Brains Research, @neilraden
  • Hyoun Park, Founder and CEO, Amalgam Insights
  • Manjeet Rege, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Graduate Programs in Software, University of St. Thomas, @ManjeetRege
  • Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner and Principal Analyst, Cognilytica
  • David Stodder, Senior Director, Research for Business Intelligence, TDWI
  • Kar Leong Tew, Research Manager, IDC, @KarLeongTew
  • Ronald Van Loon, Director, Adversitement
  • Kathleen Walch, Managing Partner and Principal Analyst, Cognilytica

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