A unique conference focused on what Business and IT leaders need to be successful with Business Intelligence.

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The 2017 Dresner Advisory Services Real Business Intelligence® Conference, was the first industry event for business and IT leaders focusing upon strategies for success with Business Intelligence and Analytics - using real world best practices and proven methods. The focus of the two-day, single track event was on what works, with pragmatic and actionable takeaways.

Thank you to all of our "founding member" attendees, sponsors and faculty that helped make our inaugural event a huge success!

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Howard Dresner

Howard Dresner

Founder and Chief Research Officer, Dresner Advisory Services, Conference Co-Chair

Dr. Cathy O'Neil

Dr. Cathy O'Neil

Author, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Professor Thomas W. Malone

Professor Thomas W. Malone

Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School
Founding director, MIT Center for Coordination Science

Dr. Theresa Johnson

Dr. Theresa Johnson

Data scientist, Supply Growth at Airbnb

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Too often organizations focus upon technology as a means of enhancing user perspective and fact-based decision-making. And, while technology is an important enabler, it’s a relatively small part of the equation. Instead, we know that the essential ingredients for success lie with people, process and organization - enabled by technology. We’ve long believed that there’s a need for a fresh in-person forum for business and IT leaders to help achieve success with information, business intelligence and analytics.

The Real Business Intelligence® conference is a unique event designed for business and IT leaders and will focus upon strategies for success with business intelligence, analytics and information management. Designed as an interactive executive forum, we’ll be focusing upon those topics which enable attendees to help their respective organizations become more performance-directed and information-driven. For example, topics will include: how to organize for success, establishing a governance program, analytics and the digital enterprise and more.

We’ve assembled an impressive (and perhaps unconventional) faculty. All are prominent thought leaders in their disciplines and have developed sessions and materials designed to deliver important insights and actionable, real-world advice.

Agenda, speakers and sessions are subject to change

Conference Hotel

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Boston Marriott Cambridge

50 Broadway
Cambridge, Massachusetts


Conference Venue


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Tang Center

70 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts


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Gold Sponsors

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