Tony Cosentino

VP & Research Director

Ventana Research

Tony is responsible for the business analytics research practice including business intelligence, location intelligence and operational intelligence. He is an expert in helping business and IT organizations develop strategies to use information and analytics to take smarter actions and make better decisions. Tony is responsible for researching the intersection where information can be used and enhanced with business technology innovations including: business analytics, big data, cloud computing, business collaboration, mobile technology and social media. Tony is an expert in market research and business intelligence with decades of experience. Tony has helped business and IT use technology across marketing, sales and customer service and brought one of the first global deployments of a web-based architecture for Voice of the Customer (VOC). Tony is an accomplished author with his book titled Into the River: How Big Data, the Long Tail, and Situated Cognition are the Changing the World of Market Insights Forever. Tony has held research and consulting positions in the technology industry over the last two decades and worked at companies like General Electric, TNS and Ipsos. Tony holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA with a focus in Business Analytics and Computing Systems (BACS) from the San Francisco State University School of Business. His work has been published in Business 2.0, Marketing News and many other publications. You can find Tony on Twitter at @tonycosentinovr and on LinkedIn. Email him directly at

Recent Stories From this Author

IBM Redesigns Cognos to Improve User Experience and Self-Service
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Operationalize Predictive Analytics for Significant Business Impact
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Data and Analytics in the Cloud Is Real Today
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Data Preparation is Essential for Predictive Analytics
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Addressing the Predictive Analytics Skills Gap
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Predictive Analytics: Investing and Selecting Software Properly
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Predictive Analytics Enters the Business Mainstream
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Analytics and BI: Mutifaceted & Evolving
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Process Trumps Innovation in Analytics
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Tableau Capitalizes on the Experience of Analytics
October 6, 2014 Tableau Software introduced its latest advancements in analytics and business intelligence software

New Generation of Data and Analytics in Cloud
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The Next Generation of Predictive Analytics
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Roambi Goes Android and Box for Mobile BI
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Teradata’s Fast Track to Big Data Analytics
July 15, 2014 Teradata is participating in industry discussions about both data management and analytics

Information Builders Innovates in Data Visualization and Operational Intelligence
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Alteryx Analytics Brings Power of Predictive and Big Data to Market
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Tibco Acquires Jaspersoft to Energize Analytics Portfolio
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Big Data Analytics Require Best Practices in Using Technology
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Big Data Analytics Research Reveals Benefits of Investment
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Mobile BI – Who is Hot in 2014
February 18, 2014 Results from a comprehensive evaluation of mobile business intelligence products and vendors

The Business Technology Challenge of 2014: Information Optimization
February 12, 2014 It is very important to make information available to the business and customers, but technology to do so may be an inhibitor

Paxata Gives Back Analysts' Valuable Time
February 5, 2014 Paxata wants to simplify data preparation

Business Analytics in 2014: Trends and Possibilities
January 23, 2014 2014 will be an exciting year for studying analytic technologies and how they apply to business

IBM Brings Innovation in Analytics for Business Insights
December 20, 2013 At the IBM's Information On Demand conference in Las Vegas, presenters showed off much of the company's innovative portfolio.

Teradata Establishes Trust in Big Data Technology
December 2, 2013 Teradata clearly articulates a broader vision for big data and analytics

Nuevora Takes Flexible Approach to Big Data Analytics
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Big Data and Analytics Help Business Transform and Gain Competitive Advantage
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Natural Analytics Transforming QlikView
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Pentaho Doubles Down on Unifying Big Data and Business Analytics
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Tableau Continues its Visual Analytics Revolution
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The Predictive Analytic Evolution of R
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The Personas that Matter Most in Business Analytics
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3 Major Trends in New Discovery Analytics
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Sophisticated, Accessible Analytics
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BIRT Analytics Strives to Make Analytics Business-Friendly
July 22, 2013 New BIRT release includes several techniques used by analytics professionals placed behind a user-friendly interface

Making Big Data More Engaging
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Roambi Means (Cloud and Mobile) Business
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KXEN’s Predictive Analytics are Fine with ‘Good Enough’
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Big Data: What a Difference a Year Makes
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Information Builders’ BI is Customer-Driven
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Want Better Analytics? Fix Your Processes
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Microsoft’s Uphill Battle with Analytics, Mobility
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Oracle Sharpens BI Stack for Sophistication
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Under New Business Demands, CIOs Can't Cling to Old BI
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Big Data Tests and Potential at IBM
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ParAccel’s Path to Faster Advanced Analytics
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Workshop 2: Mobilize Your Business Intelligence: How to Build a Best-in-Class Mobile BI Strategy
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The Core of a Big Data Analytics Strategy
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At the Heart of SiSense’s Award-Winning Analytics
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Filling the Big Data Chasm
February 28, 2013 A lack of clarity on paths to understanding and value

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