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Rita Sallam
Research VP
7 years at Gartner
27 years IT industry

Rita Sallam is a research vice president at Gartner, where she focuses on business intelligence (BI) and analytics. This includes writing about and advising organizations on market trends, vendors and best practices. Of particular interest is advanced analytics ... Read Full Bio

BI Bake-Off Goes Virtual!

by Rita Sallam  |  September 11, 2020

We just completed our first ever Virtual BI Bake-Off as part of our BuySmart webinar series. The Bake-Offs are fast-paced, informative sessions that let you see vendors side-by-side using scripted demos and a common data set in a controlled setting. We have been doing these BI Bake-off sessions – pioneered by our friend and colleague […]

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The Week The Modern Analytics and BI Market Changed Forever

by Rita Sallam  |  June 11, 2019

A Tale of Two Acquisitions…. It’s back to the BI future! This week, Cloud megavendors Google and Salesforce bought modern analytics and BI vendors Looker and Tableau, respectively. They did so to complement their cloud data management and application stacks and to drive data and compute-intensive analytics use cases to their respective clouds. The modern […]

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Venture Capitalists Seek to Minimize Risk. So, Where Are All the Female- Led VC Funded Start-ups?

by Rita Sallam  |  May 31, 2018

Ever heard of the Medici Effect? It says the world’s greatest innovations have one thing in common: diversity of input resulting from convergence of ideas in art, science, astronomy, and engineering that occurred in Florence during the fifteenth century. Study after study proves this to be the case today in business: According to McKinsey, a […]

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Just Buying Into Modern BI and Analytics? Get Ready for Augmented Analytics, the Next Wave of Market Disruption

by Rita Sallam  |  July 31, 2017

Machine learning automation is affecting all of enterprise software, but will completely transform how we build, analyze, and consume data and analytics. Over the past 10 years or more, visual-based data discovery tools (e.g. Tableau, Qlik, Tibco Spotfire) have disrupted the traditional BI market (e.g. IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects).  Yet, as transformative as these tools […]

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Tableau Grows Up!

by Rita Sallam  |  November 11, 2016

Everyone experiences rites of passage into adulthood. Sometimes it’s marriage, having a child, or just graduating from college where we mentally morph from idealistic, passionate, and carefree teenagers into responsible adults.  As a long-time observer and some would say that stern 1st grade teacher of Tableau since its early childhood, it is clear to me […]

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Two Acquisitions in Two Weeks!

by Rita Sallam  |  August 17, 2016

It’s been an exciting two weeks in the world of BI! Just yesterday, Saleforce announced its intention to buy smart data discovery vendor, BeyondCore, a new Visionary entrant to this year’s BI and Analytics Magic Quadrant! At the end of July, Workday announced its intention to acquire Platfora, one of the original Hadoop-based data discovery […]

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Modernize Using The BI & Analytics Magic Quadrant

by Rita Sallam  |  July 22, 2016

There are pivot moments in life and in business where you just know – everything is about to change. Remember the first time you used the internet, email, a Mac, an ipod, iphone or ipad, or wore Reeboks? OK, I’m dating myself, but before Reeboks, we actually did what we is now call aerobics or […]

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