In this Q&A, analyst Howard Dresner talks about trends in the business intelligence software market, industry consolidation and what excites him about analytics. Howard Dresner, president and founder of Dresner Advisory Services, has seen business intelligence trends come and go.
Recently, there’s been a wave of consolidation with Salesforce acquiring Tableau, Google purchasing Looker, and Qlik buying up both Podium and Attunity. But consolidation is nothing new, according to Dresner, who noted that some companies start with the specific purpose of finding an eventual buyer and that a new cycle of mergers and acquisitions comes every few of years. A veteran of three decades analyzing the analytics industry, Dresner spent 13 years at Gartner where he served as the advisory firm’s lead analyst for business intelligence, a time during which he helped popularize the term.
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