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


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David Dadoun

Director of Business Intelligence and Data Governance, Aldo Group
Lecturer, HEC Business School, Montreal

David Dadoun is currently the Aldo Group's Director of Business Intelligence and Data Governance. Prior to joining the Aldo Group he was the Director of a BI practice for the Keyrus Group. Over the last 15 years David Dadoun has advised a broad number of companies in the selection and implementation of BI tools, strategies, and roadmaps. He has managed BI projects including upgrades and migrations, and multiple BI platform deployments at small, medium, and Fortune 500 companies.

David often presents at global BI events regarding the challenges and opportunities managers face when it comes to Business Intelligence and Data Governance. He also teaches Business Intelligence and Analytics at Montreal's prestigious HEC Business School.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business from the John Molson School of Business and an executive Masters of Business Administration from ESG Montreal and Paris-Dauphine in France.

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Howard Dresner

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

Howard Dresner is the founder and Chief Research Officer at Dresner Advisory Services. He is one of the foremost thought leaders in business intelligence 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).

Prior to Dresner Advisory Services, Howard served as chief strategy officer at Hyperion Solutions where he focused upon corporate strategy, product direction, and acquisitions. Hyperion was acquired by Oracle in 2007.

Prior to Hyperion, Howard was a research fellow at Gartner, where he led its Business Intelligence practice for 13 years. He was twice selected as "analyst of the year" and inducted as a Gartner "cultural icon". In addition to driving much of the research surrounding BI, he founded and chaired Gartner's European and North American Business Intelligence conferences. Both remain industry-defining events.

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Jim Ericson

Vice President and Research Director, Dresner Advisory Services

Jim Ericson is Vice President and Research Director with Dresner Advisory Services. Jim has served as a consultant and journalist who studies end-user management practices and industry trending in the data and information management fields. From 2004 to 2013 he was the editorial director at Information Management magazine (formerly DM Review), where he created architectures for user and industry coverage for hundreds of contributors across the breadth of the data and information management industry.

As lead writer he interviewed and profiled more than 100 CIOs, CTOs, and program directors in a 2010-2012 program called “25 Top Information Managers.” His related feature articles earned ASBPE national bronze and multiple Mid-Atlantic region gold and silver awards for Technical Article and for Case History feature writing. A panelist, interviewer, blogger, community liaison, conference co-chair, and speaker in the data-management community, he also sponsored and co-hosted a weekly podcast in continuous production for more than five years.


Charles Hooper

Author, 59 Minutes to Great Storytelling

Chuck Hooper is an authority in data visualization and analytics. He brings five decades of business and IT experience with him. From 1998-2008, he was an owner of Pro Relational Systems (“PRS”), a consulting and application development firm specializing in business intelligence.

Chuck's experiences include the analysis, design, implementation, training and support of business intelligence, data warehouse and decision support system environments in a variety of engagements for organizations including: Clorox, E.&J. Gallo Winery, PepsiCo, Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), Unilever, The Broad Institute,Zeltiq, Align Technology, Harte-Hanks, Accenture, PWC, Awarepoint, Deloitte, McKesson, UMass Medical, Irish Life, UC Irvine and many others.

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Bill Hostmann

Research Fellow, Dresner Advisory Services, Conference Co-Chair

Bill Hostmann is a Research Fellow with Dresner Advisory Services. His area of focus includes trends in Analytic Data Infrastructures (ADI) - integrating and managing the information and information models used by BI, Advanced Analytics and CPM/PM applications.

Bill has more than 20 years of product management experience at the intersection of business intelligence/analytics and data analytics infrastructure, including positions in product and general management at Gemstone Systems, Informix, and Informatica.

He spent 14 years as a research analyst at Gartner, including several years as a VP and Distinguished Analyst for BI/Analytics. Bill served as conference chair of the Gartner BI/Analytics Conference for many years, growing the number of conference attendees from hundreds to several thousand attendees.

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Dr. Theresa Johnson

Data scientist, Supply Growth at Airbnb

Dr. Theresa Johnson is a data scientist on Supply Growth at Airbnb, a two-sided marketplace for travel.

Dr. Johnson came to data science with a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. There, she received the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and was further selected as an inaugural member of the NSF Engineering Innovation Fellows Program. She's helped mentor students on entrepreneurship and innovation, and received numerous distinctions such as the Accel Innovation Scholar, HBX fellow from Harvard Business School and Ignite Entrepreneurial Fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

She currently serves as a founding board member for Street Code Academy, a non-profit dedicated to connecting culture, community and technology in East Palo Alto. She has been featured in Tech Crunch for her commitment to helping early stage founders succeed. Her lifelong fascination with the capacity for technology to change lives led her to Stanford University, where she earned dual degrees in Science, Technology and Society and Computer Science.

She serves on the special panel on data science interviewing and is a co-founding member of Stddev (Standard Deviation), Airbnb's employee resource group for Underrepresented Minorities in technical fields. Theresa is passionate about extending technology access for everyone and finding mission driven companies that can have an outsized impact on the world.

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Nathan Kollett

Senior Product Manager, Analytics Group at Wayfair

Nathan Kollett is a Senior Product Manager within the Analytics group at Wayfair. In this role, Nathan has facilitated the roll out of multiple self-service BI solutions and works with stakeholders all across the business every day to develop technology that enables them to make data-informed decisions related to their functions within Wayfair.

Prior to Wayfair, Nathan was a consultant with Slalom Consulting where he helped businesses in the Boston area to access and understand their data through data visualization. Nathan was also previously a data analytics manager at Compete Inc, where he delivered competitive digital insights to Fortune 100 retail, financial services, and telecom companies.


Professor Thomas W. Malone

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

Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century."

Professor Malone teaches classes on organizational design, information technology, and leadership, and his research focuses on how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology.

Professor Malone has published over 100 articles, research papers, and book chapters, including a widely cited 2010 article in Science magazine on measuring the collective intelligence of human groups. He is also an inventor with 11 patents and the co-editor of three books: Coordination Theory and Collaboration Technology (2001), Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century (2003), and Organizing Business Knowledge: The MIT Process Handbook (2003). In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich.

Malone has been a co-founder of three software companies and has consulted and served as a board member for a number of other organizations. He speaks frequently for business audiences around the world and has been quoted in numerous publications such as New York Times, Economist, and Wired. Before joining the MIT faculty in 1983, Malone was a research scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). His background also includes a B.A. in mathematical sciences from Rice University, an M.S. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in cognitive and social psychology from Stanford University.

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Dr. Cathy O'Neil

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

Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks.

Cathy wrote Doing Data Science in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. She is a weekly guest on the Slate Money podcast. Her latest book, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Random House) addresses the dark side of big data.

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Mico Yuk

Author, Data Visualization for Dummies

Mico Yuk is the founder of BI Brainz and the BI Dashboard Formula (BIDF) methodology, where she has trained thousands globally how to strategically use the power of data visualization to enhance the decision making process.

In the last nine years, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, Honda, Kimberly-Clark, Royal Dutch Shell, Nestle, Qatargas, Ericsson and FedEx. Mico is the author of Data Visualization for Dummies (Wiley 2014). With her ‘blunt’ twitter comments and blogs Mico was named a Top 50 Analytics Blogger to follow.