Brian T. O'Neill is a designer, advisor, and founder of Designing for Analytics, an independent consultancy which helps companies turn analytics and ML into indispensable decision support applications. For over 20 years, he has worked with companies including DellEMC, Global Strategy Group, Tripadvisor, Fidelity, JP Morgan Chase, ETrade and several SAAS startups. He has spoken internationally, giving talks at O'Reilly Strata, Enterprise Data World, the International Institute for Analytics Symposium, Predictive Analytics World, and Boston College. Brian also hosts the highly-rated podcast, Experiencing Data, where he reveals the strategies and activities that product, data science and analytics leaders are using to deliver valuable experiences around data. In addition to consulting, Brian is also a professional percussionist and has performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Follow him on Twitter (@rhythmspice) and join his mailing list at https://designingforanalytics.com/list.
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When I first reached out to Brian, I was a little concerned because we had two different and challenging topics that I wanted him to cover in his keynote for our 2023 Burning Minds conference. In the end, I felt like Brian accomplished the goal of merging those into a single keynote—and our employees ranked his talk #1 out of our 20 speakers. Additionally, Brian's CED and PiCAA frameworks on designing for data and AI were actually actionable and useful for our team, which was another goal we had for his keynote. I would definitely recommend Brian as a keynote speaker on design for ML/AI, analytics, and data products.
Because my executive council members are at different places in their data product maturity, I wasn't certain whether Brian’s talk would resonate with everyone. In the end, the beginners learned a lot and those that were further along also picked up something new. Brian hit the middle so everyone got something out of it. He also went into detail about the types of staffing and skills required of data product managers, how UX design fits into the process, and where to find these types of resources. Data products are an important topic, and I’d recommend Brian as a speaker if you’re looking for someone who is knowledgeable about the use of data product management and design in developing user-centered analytics applications.
The session was insightful and fully covered the topic, which can also be noticed from the feedback of conference attendees who gave Brian a 4.93/5 star average rating and mentioned it was "one of the most insightful sessions" and "a great final keynote!" The speaker’s professionalism and excellent presentation skills added great value to the session. We would recommend Brian as a keynote speaker to other conference organizers.
Brian created real awareness…well-attended talk with solid interaction and attendance…I am certain we delivered value to our community.
Brian has spoken several times for IIA, most recently as the key guest on a webinar we hosted on "AI Product Management". The topic is hyper relevant, so naturally it was a well-attended talk with solid interaction and excellent retention…Over 80% of our registrants stayed until the end. Brian created a real awareness around the importance of product design and management as critical functions in the deployment of human-centered data products, AI solutions, and analytics. I also appreciated how he made the talk more engaging by allowing one of our clients from Steelcase to reflect on his own experience applying several of the strategies for which Brian advocated. In the end, I am certain we delivered value to our IIA clients and community members.
"Brian was an incredibly knowledgeable and engaging speaker at the UX Frontiers: AI in Design virtual conference. His presentation “Dancing with Data Science: What UX Leaders Need to Know About Data Products” infused humor, delight, and relatable metaphors into a complex and intimidating topic, and he provided thoughtful insights into the future landscape of AI and UX. Audience members reported high levels of entertainment and engagement, and commended his superior presentation skills. If you’re looking for genuine expertise without compromising charisma, Brian is a top notch speaker choice."
It was terrific to have Brian speak to my Executive MBA students about design thinking, user input, and organizational engagement in creating business value from analytics. His experience, perspective, and passion really brought the importance of "beginning with the end in mind" home to my students, all of whom are working professionals who are being subjected to endless hype about killer dashboards and powerful Machine Learning algorithms. He's clearly an insightful analyst and an effective change agent.
"I had seen Brian speak at an analytics conference and sought him out to speak to our teams and lead a discussion. Brian is an engaging speaker and his talk created a clear shared concept between software engineers, designers, and IT. Having a shared foundational concept and language for how design can improve our data products and decision support applications will help us communicate together clearly in our work in digital transformation."
Data science practitioners need to have the non-technical skills to be effective collaborators with business/product stakeholders. Brian’s session was great, relevant, and on the mark for our audience of technical people and business sponsors."
One of the best webinars I have been a part of in awhile. The presenter had more than a product to sell, and Brian gave us 9 pertinent questions to ask ourselves when designing analytics for our users. Great!
Conference Talks & Keynotes
- 2023 Keynote - TheMathCo (private event)
- 2023 Keynote - Netguru's Burning Minds Conference
- 2022 BigDataConferenceEU - Closing Keynote (Lithuania)
- 2022 UX Greece Meetup
- 2021 UXPA Boston User Experience Conference
- 2020 Big Things Conference (Madrid)
- 2020 Keynote: Boston College MS in Applied Economics
- 2019 Product Management Association (PDMA) Webinar
- 2019 Product Management Association (PDMA) Conference "Disruption by Design"
- 2019 MinneBOS Conference at Boston University (Minneanalytics)
- 2019 Predictive Analytics World (London)
- 2019 International Institute for Analytics Symposium (Portland)
- 2019 Enterprise Data World (Boston)
- 2019 O'Reilly Strata Conference (London
- 2018 O'Reilly Strata Conference (NYC)
- 2018 Predictive Analytics World (Berlin)
- 2018 O'Reilly Strata Conference (London)
- 2017 O'Reilly Strata Conference (NYC)
- UXPA New Jersey Panelist - "Lifting the Veil on UX Strategy"
- UX Boston Meetup
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Brian is the host of the podcast, Experiencing Data, and has also appeared as a guest on the following shows (in chronological order):
- The Dashboard Effect Expert Insight Series Ep. 67
- SuperDataScience Ep. 658 w/ Jon Krohn
- Mindspeaking Podcast w/ Gilbert Eijkelenbloom
- Driven by Data w/ Kyle Winterbottom
- Discovering Data w/ Loris Marini
- Data Strategy Show / Samir Sharma
- DataCast w/ James Le
- SuperDataScience w/ Kirill Eremenko
- Value Inspiration w/ Ton Dobbe
- UI Breakfast w/ Jane Portman
- The Risk Roundup w/ Jayshree Pandya
- Customer Equity Accelerator w/ Allison Hartsoe
- Speaking of the Arts
- Beyond the Data Ep. 25 w/ Dave Mathias
- IBM Big Data and Analytics Hub "Making Data Simple" Podcast Ep. 36 w/ Al Martin
- Startup Boston Podcast
- No Dogma Podcast Ep. 8
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Recent Public Webinars
These are the public webinars I host. You can also hire me to give a webinar to your audience (see the topics below) or check out these recent ones: