I teach graduate Data Mining and Business Intelligence at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver. I have a Master of Business Administration degree, and my undergraduate degree is in Economics.
In a previous life, I was the Chief Operating Officer of SJ Labs, a telecom software company. It's now magicJack.
See my Youtube channel and my CrossValidated profile. CrossValidated is a crowd-tempered Q & A site for statistics. It's awesome. You should also check out StackOverflow for programming questions.
Why RapidMiner? 'Cuz it's free and open source, has a pretty drag-n-drop interface, runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac, and is much easier to learn than R. RapidMiner is to R as Mac is to Linux.
Why JMP? 'Cuz it's the easiest to use stats package ever made. Use it only if you want to blow peoples' minds.