Carl Howe

Carl Howe

RStudio, Inc.
Director of Education

Focus Award Judge


I’ve spent my career using words and data to predict the future of technology and helping others understand it. I now apply those skills as Director of Education at RStudio, Inc., a firm dedicated to open source and enterprise tools for the R computing environment.

Before RStudio, I was a Principal at Think Big Analytics, A Teradata Company. In that role, I trained Think Big clients and employees to create business value using Big Data, open source technologies. During his tenure, Carl developed Think Big Academy’s modular curriculum for training new employees and customers on the more than 50 technologies that make up the Hadoop ecosystem, including Hive, Spark, R and SparkR, and Kylo-NiFi. I also created several courses that help employees develop better soft skills around effective communication, presentations, and consulting.

Previously, I led analysts at 451 Research and Yankee Group how corporations build, use, and profit from mobility and connectivity. I specialized in quantitative data analysis and visualizations that brought that information to life for our clients and allowed them to act on that data.

Prior to joining the 451 Group and Yankee Group, I founded Blackfriars Communications with Joe Butt. There we focused on helping businesses crystalize and communicate their value.

Prior to Blackfriars, I was a principal analyst and research director at Forrester Research. While there, I was named one of the 20 most influential analysts in the U.S. in 2002. I’ve commented on technology trends in media ranging from CNN and the Today Show to the Times of London. I’ve also spoken at events throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

I specialize in quantitative visualization and qualitative analysis of technology adoption of all types, with emphasis today on software, mobility, and semiconductors. I’m also a highly-rated speaker on technology trends and marketing, with particular skill in translating complex technology into everyday language.