The RTInsights Team


Les Yeamans — RTInsights Founder and Executive Editor

Les YeamansLes Yeamans is a business entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience developing and managing successful companies in the enterprise software, financial services, strategic consulting and Internet publishing markets. Before founding RTInsights, Les founded and led, an Internet portal company specializing in the application of critical enterprise technologies including BPM, event-driven architectures, and event processing. When was acquired TechTarget, Les became Associate Publisher, managing a group of websites.

Previously, Les had founded a new enterprise software business called ezBridge which provided fault-tolerant, guaranteed delivery transaction messaging on 10 different hardware platforms. This product was licensed to IBM as the initial code base for IBM MQSeries (renamed WebSphere MQ and later renamed IBM MQ, which was co-developed and co-marketed with IBM.

Les was also co-founder of the Message Oriented Middleware Association (MOMA). Les has worked extensively as an analyst and consultant for end users and vendors in this growing market.

Prior to ezBridge, Les raised venture capital for development and marketing of PowerBase, the industry-leading database software package for the IBM PC. He started his career consulting at Accenture, providing end-user IT solutions.

Les has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is based in New Rochelle, NY.


Chris Raphael — RTInsights Editorial Director

Chris Raphael

Chris Raphael is an award-winning editor and writer known for creating compelling B2B content. His more than 20 years of journalism experience includes serving as content director for energy, technology, and financial industry publishers, and his work has appeared in over a dozen publications including PBS and

He enjoys creating new digital products and developed the first infographics to see energy production trends in the Northwest and California–a project that used five-minute data for renewable energy.

Professional interests include content strategy, data visualization, recommendation engines, and search-engine optimization. He has a B.A. in political science from Loyola University, New Orleans, and an M.A. in journalism from UC Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco and can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @raphaelc44.


Dr. Opher Etzion — RTInsights International Technology Editor

Opher EtzionDr. Opher Etzion is a scholar, author and innovator. A professor of Information Systems and Head of the Technological Empowerment Institute in Yezreel Valley College Israel, Opher has served in various prominent roles in almost two decades at IBM, most recently as Chief Scientist of Event Processing at the IBM Haifa Research Lab

A former Lead Architect of Event Processing Technology in IBM Websphere, Opher led pioneering projects that shaped the field of event processing in their research division. Opher is also the founding chair of the Event Processing Technical Society (EPTS) and an adjunct professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, where he was the founding head of the Information Systems Engineering department.

He has authored many papers and is also the co-author with Peter Niblett of the book Event Processing in Action. Opher has also won several prestigious awards over the years including the Israel Air-Force Award for Introduction of New Technologies, IBM Outstanding Innovation Award, and the IBM Corporate Award for groundbreaking work on event processing. He is based in Haifa, Israel. Follow him on Twitter @opheretzion.


Joe McKendrick — RTInsights Industry Insights Editor

Joe McKendrickJoe McKendrick is an author, independent researcher and speaker exploring innovation, information technology (IT) trends and markets. He is a regular contributor to Forbes on digital, cloud and Big Data topics. He is a co-author of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation in business and IT.

Joe also served on the program committee of the international SOA and Cloud Symposium series held in Amsterdam, Berlin and London. Much of his research work is in conjunction with Forbes Insights and Information Today, Inc., covering topics such as cloud computing, digital transformation, enterprise mobility, and Big Data analytics.

A contributor to CBS Interactive, Joe authors ZDNet’s Service Oriented website. In a previous life, he served as Communications and Research Manager of the Administrative Management Society (AMS), an international professional association dedicated to advancing knowledge within the IT and business management fields. He is a graduate of Temple University. Follow him on Twitter @joemckendrick.


Nanci Brown — RTInsights Technology and Marketing Services Director

Nanci BrownNanci Brown has been delivering technical, project and program management solutions for over 15 years. She has particular expertise in WordPress, cloud-based technology, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and digital media. Using her master communication, leadership and team-building skills, Nanci produces client-facing interactive marketing programs including webcasts and online virtual trade shows.

Nanci has worked with a wide range of clients including Cisco Systems, Intel, Red Hat, Tech Data Corporation, SWIFT, The Economist, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, and the U.S. Department of State.

Nanci is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is currently completing an MBA program (Fall 2015). She is based in Toronto, Ontario.


Justin Grammens — RTInsights Industry Analyst

Justin Grammens is a serial entrepreneur and proven leader in emerging technologies. He owns IoT Weekly, a news publication covering trends on the Internet of Things, consults businesses on their IoT strategy and is a professor at the University of Saint Thomas where he teaches a graduate level engineering course on the Internet of Things.

He co-launched @IoTHackDay in 2014 as Minnesota’s first Internet of Things Hack Day where inventors compete to build connected products in 12 hours. He co-founded both Arduino.MN and IoT Fuse, a non-profit organization to help align the world toward a vision of how connected devices and data can be used to improve the world in which we live through a yearly conference, hackathons and monthly meet-ups.

Justin holds multiple patents with the USPTO, enjoys mentoring students of all ages through CoderDojoTC and MacStartups and is an investor and advisor to a number of companies using mobile, big data and open source hardware technology to build innovative products. He holds a B.A from Augsburg College in Applied Math and Physics and an M.S. in Software Systems from the University of Saint Thomas and is a frequent speaker at countless technology conferences. Most importantly, he enjoys family movie nights with his wife and two young boys.


Adrian Bowles — RTInsights Executive Analyst

Adrian Bowles is theAdrian Bowles founder of STORM Insights, Inc., a research and market intelligence firm focused on the role of emerging technologies in business transformation.

Adrian has over 25 years of experience as an analyst, practitioner and academic in IT strategy and management. He founded founded the Governance, Risk Management & Compliance Roundtable for the Object Management Group, the IT Compliance Institute with 101 Communications, and Atelier Research.

He has held executive positions at Ovum (Datamonitor), Giga Information Group, New Science Associates, and Yourdon, Inc. Adrian also held academic appointments in computer science at the State University of New York at Binghamton and Drexel University. He wrote his first AI application for his M.S. degree and holds a Ph.D in computer science from Northwestern University. He began his career with research and application development roles at GTE Laboratories and IBM.

Adrian is co-author with Judith S. Hurwitz of Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics (2015).


Judith S. Hurwitz — RTInsights Executive Analyst

Judith S. Hurwitz is Judith Hurwitz president and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, LLC, a research and consulting firm focused on emerging technologies including Big Data, cognitive computing, cloud computing, service management, software development, and security and governance. She is a technology strategist, thought leader and author.

A pioneer in anticipating technology innovation and adoption, she has served as a trusted adviser to many industry leaders over the years. Judith has helped these companies make the transition to a new business model focused on the value of emerging platforms.

Judith has written extensively about all aspects of enterprise and distributed software. Her 2015 book with Adrian Bowles, Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics, is the most recent in several titles, including Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Chance into Success. She also co-authored six retail “For Dummies” books including: Big Data for Dummies, Hybrid Cloud for Dummies, Cloud Computing For Dummies, Service Management For Dummies, and Service Oriented Architecture For Dummies, 1st and 2nd Editions.

Judith holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Boston University.