Vikash Gaur is Assistant Vice President with Cognizant's Manufacturing & Logistics Practice heading delivery for its North America customers. He drives growth for his unit, ensures flawless delivery of leading-edge technology projects for global customers, while building future-proof solutions that ensure market leadership few years into the future.
Vikash is a management professional with almost 20 years of business and technology experience in leadership positions. He has played a variety of roles in the manufacturing industry and in IT, beginning with the automotive industry and moving on to IT services in the manufacturing industry.
He has experience in business consulting, business process re-engineering, program management, solution architecting, business-IT alignment, and leadership development. With his unerring ability to understand the real challenges that customers face, he helps make customers' businesses stronger, often leveraging emerging technologies.
Richard Heimann is Chief Data Scientist at L-3 National Security Solutions (NSS) (NYSE:LLL) and is an EMC Certified Data Scientist with concentrations in spatial statistics, data mining, Big Data, and pattern discovery and recognition. Richard also leads the Data Science team at the L-3 Data Tactics Business Unit. L-3 NSS and L-3 Data Tactics are both premier Big Data and Analytics service providers based in Washington D.C. and serve customers globally.
Richard is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he teaches Spatial Analysis and Statistical Reasoning. Additionally, he is an instructor at George Mason University, teaching Human Terrain Analysis and is also a selection committee member for the 2014-2015 AAAS Big Data and Analytics Fellowship Program and member of the Washington Exec Big Data Council.
Richard has also recently published a book titled Social Media Mining with R, Packt Publishing. He has recently supported DARPA, DHS, the US Army, and the Pentagon with analytical support.
To my parents Mr. Sukumar Ranjan Sinha and Mrs. Keya Sinha who not only brought me into this world and taught me a lot, they also loved me and encouraged me for all the good things that I have been associated with including this book.
And to my lovely wife Sohini, who showered me with her love, encouragement, and patience while I was working on this book.
"Data is the only perpetual entity. Actions and human interventions have definitive outcomes and a definitive life however long. Data lives forever and takes a new evolving meaning."