If you were a reporter kicking the tires of business intelligence a decade ago when it entered the nomenclature of business technology, you'd have quickly come across the name of Howard Dresner. Over the last 13-plus years at Gartner Inc., Dresner as much as anyone brought BI into the mainstream, and was even credited by some with coining the term. One of just 13 Gartner Fellows, he also founded Gartner's annual BI Symposium in Chicago, which has grown into a major event in recent years.
Now, imagine how Dresner felt when he attended another Gartner symposium last month - this time as a client - after leaving the analyst firm to become chief strategy officer at Hyperion Solutions. "It was an odd experience but it was great, my former colleagues and management gave me a nice going-away party and a roast." Having accomplished pretty much everything he'd set out to do with Gartner, the former analyst says it was simply time to move on. "It was a good run with some great people. As an analyst you have a degree of impact that's significant, but it tends to be very broad and limited in terms of depth," he says. "I wanted to have a different kind of impact on a company. At Hyperion I think I can really make a difference."
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