Summit 2018: Analyst Perspectives

We're excited to be able to present a stellar line-up of industry analysts and thought leaders at Summit 2018. Attend their sessions to hear the latest trends, strategies for success, and much more.

Improving Customer Experience Through Better Data Management and Quality
Thursday, 4:00-5:00 PM

Donna Burbank

Managing Director, Global Data Strategy

Donna Burbank is an established industry expert with more than 20 years of experience in areas such as data strategy, information management, metadata management, and enterprise architecture. She has worked as an information management consultant for leading companies worldwide in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa spanning industries such as Finance, Retail, Telecom, and Government. She is currently the managing director of Global Data Strategy, Ltd., where she specializes in the alignment of business strategy with data management objectives. Donna has a successful track record of creating practical data strategies and implementations for clients that align with their business goals and objectives.

Donna has unique insight in the field of information management, as she has led successful implementation projects worldwide, and has then used this experience to drive the design and production of several of the leading metadata and data modeling tools on the market today, while at the same time being involved with industry standards organizations to set best practices for architectural design.

Business Intelligence: What's Hot (and What's Not) in 2018
Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 PM

Howard Dresner

Founder and Chief Research Officer, Dresner Advisory Services

Howard Dresner is one of the foremost thought leaders in business intelligence (BI) and performance management, having coined the term "business Intelligence" in 1989. He has published two books on the subject, The Performance Management Revolution: Business Results through Insight and Action (John Wiley & Sons, Nov. 2007) and Profiles in Performance: Business Intelligence Journeys and the Roadmap for Change (John Wiley & Sons, Nov. 2009). He lectures at forums around the world and is often cited by the business and trade press. 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 BI research practice for 13 years.

Moving Organizations From Data-Driven to Insight-Driven
Wednesday, 2:45-3:45 PM

Boris Evelson

Vice President, Forrester Research

Boris serves the Application Development and Delivery role. He is a leading expert in BI — a set of processes, methodologies, and technologies used to transform raw data into meaningful, useful, and action-oriented enterprise information. Boris delivers strategic guidance, helping 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. His current research focuses on the practical and actionable best practices for building BI infrastructure and applications, such as BI business cases, architectural options, organizational structures, and vendor selection. Boris continues to explore emerging trends in next-generation BI, such as agile BI architecture and development approaches, in-memory analytics, advanced data visualization, convergence of structured data and unstructured content analytics, process-driven and operational BI, and many others.

He has more than 30 years of experience with enterprise software and applications implementation, management consulting, and strategic advisory skills.

Powerful, Actionable, and Underused: Why We Need Embedded BI
Thursday, 1:30-2:30 PM

Claudia Imhoff

President, Intelligent Solutions, Inc. | Founder, Boulder BI Brain Trust

A thought leader, visionary, and practitioner, Claudia Imhoff, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on analytics, business intelligence, and the architectures to support these initiatives. Dr. Imhoff has co-authored five books on these subjects and writes articles (totaling more than 150) for technical and business magazines. She is also the founder of the Boulder BI Brain Trust, a consortium of internationally recognized independent analysts and experts. You can follow them on Twitter at #BBBT or subscriber at

Improving Customer Experience Through Better Data Management and Quality
Thursday, 4:00-5:00 PM

Karen Lopez

Sr. Project Manager, InfoAdvisors

Karen Lopez is senior project manager and architect at InfoAdvisors. She has more than 20 years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs. Karen specializes in the practical application of data management principles. She is a frequent speaker, blogger, and panelist on data quality, data governance, logical and physical modeling, data compliance, development methodologies, and social issues in computing. Karen is an active user on social media and has been named one of the top three technology influencers by IBM Canada and one of the top 17 women in information management by Information Management Magazine. She is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, specializing in data modeling and database design. She’s an advisor to the DAMA, International Board and a member of the Advisory Board of Zachman, International. She’s known for her slightly irreverent yet constructive opinions and rants on information technology topics. She wants you to love your data. Karen is also moderator of the InfoAdvisors Discussion Groups at and dm-discuss.

Crafting Your IoT Analytics Strategy
Thursday, 2:45-3:45 PM

David Menninger

SVP & Research Director of Data and Analytics Research, Ventana Research

David is responsible for the overall research direction of data, information and analytics technologies at Ventana Research covering major areas including Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence and Information Management along with the additional specific research categories including Information Applications, IT Performance Management, Location Intelligence, Operational Intelligence and IoT, and Data Science. David is also responsible for examining the role of cloud computing, collaboration and mobile technologies as they affect these areas. David brings to Ventana Research over twenty-five years of experience, through which he has marketed and brought to market some of the leading edge technologies for helping organizations analyze data to support a range of action-taking and decision-making processes. Prior to joining Ventana Research, David was the Head of Business Development & Strategy at Pivotal a division of EMC, VP of Marketing and Product Management at Vertica Systems, VP of Marketing and Product Management at Oracle, Applix, InforSense and IRI Software. David earned his MS in Business from Bentley University and a BS in Economics from University of Pennsylvania..

Augmented Analytics: Key Trends in Next-Generation Analytics and BI Platforms
Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 PM

Rita Sallam

Research Vice President, Gartner

Rita Sallam is a research vice president at Gartner in the Business Analytics and Data Science team. Her focus includes writing about and advising organizations on market trends, vendor assessment and selection, and best practices for making analytics pervasive and strategic to the business. Of particular interest is the evolution of modern BI platforms to support smart data discovery, self-service data preparation, and advanced analytics.

Mrs. Sallam joined Gartner in 2008 with almost 20 years of experience in the enterprise software market. Before that, she spent 10 years with Oracle, delivering role-based competitive intelligence and strategic analysis on BI, data warehousing, data integration, and master data management markets to sales, development, product strategy and senior management. Prior to that, she led business planning, fundraising, and strategy development for two middleware startups and was a management/strategy consultant for Arthur D. Little.