Paul C. Zikopoulos is the Vice President of Cognitive BigData Systems at IBM. Paul is an award winning writer and speaker with more than 23 years of experience in data and is seen as a global expert in Big Data and Analytic technologies. Independent groups often recognize Paul as a thought leader with nominations to SAP’s “Top 50 Big Data Twitter Influencers”, Maptive’s “Top 100 Big Data Experts to Follow in 2016”, “Big Data Republic’s “Most Influential”, Onalytica’s “Big Data Top 100 Influencers and Brands”, and Analytics Week “Thought Leaders in Big Data and Analytics” lists. Big Data Made Simple noted him as one of the “Top 200 Big Data Thought Leaders on Twitter”, Technopedia listed him one of its “Big Data Experts to Follow”, and GreyCampus named him to their “150 Most Influential People in Big Data & Hadoop”. He has also been consulted on the topic of Big Data by the popular TV show “60 Minutes” and advises various universities on their graduate-level analytics programs. Paul has written more than 360 magazine articles and 19 books, some of which include “Big Data Beyond the Hype”, “Hadoop for Dummies”, and “Harness the Power of Big Data”. Ultimately, Paul is trying to figure out the world according to Chloë—his daughter, whom he notes didn’t come with a handbook and is more complex than the topic of BigData, but more fun too.