Summit 2016: Meet the Analysts

Howard Dresner, Chief Research Officer, Dresner Advisory Services, LLC

Howard Dresner is one of the foremost thought-leaders in business intelligence, having coined the term "business intelligence" in 1989. As founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services, he and his team engage with a global community to redefine how research is created and shared. Howard has published two books on the subject, "The Performance Management Revolution - Business Results through Insight" and "Action and Profiles in Performance - Business Intelligence Journeys and the Roadmap for Change." Prior to Dresner Advisory Services, Howard served as chief strategy officer at Hyperion Solutions and was a research fellow at Gartner, where he led its business intelligence research practice for 13 years.

Wayne Eckerson, President, Eckerson Group, LLC

Wayne Eckerson has been a thought leader in the BI and analytics field since the early 1990s. He is a sought-after consultant and noted speaker who thinks critically, writes clearly, and presents persuasively about complex topics. Eckerson has conducted many groundbreaking research studies, chaired numerous conferences, and written widely read books on performance dashboards and analytics. He is founder and principal consultant of Eckerson Group, a business technology consulting firm that helps business leaders use data and technology to drive better insights and actions.

Boris Evelson, Vice President, Forrester Research

Boris Evelson serves business process professionals. A leading expert in BI with Forrester Research, Boris delivers strategic guidance that helps enterprises define BI strategies, governance, and architectures, and identify vendors and technologies that help them put information to use in business processes and end-user experiences.

Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research

Responsible for the overall business and research direction of Ventana Research, Mark drives the global research agenda covering both business and technology areas. He defined the blueprint and methodology for improving business by using benchmark research to provide guidance across people, processes, information, and technology. Mark is an expert in enterprise software and business technology innovations, including business analytics, big data, cloud computing, business collaboration, mobile technology, and social media. He has held CMO, research, and product development roles at research and software companies. Mark can be found on Twitter at @marksmithvr, on LinkedIn, on Google+, and can be reached via e-mail. You can read his blog at

Lyndsay Wise, Research Director, Enterprise Management Associates

Lyndsay Wise joined Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) in 2015 as research director for Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehousing, focusing on data integration, data governance, cloud technologies, data visualization, analytics, and collaboration. She has more than 10 years experience in software research, BI consulting, and strategy development, specializing in software evaluation and best-fit solution selection.