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Rita L. Sallam

Rita L. Sallam

Conference Chair and Vice President

Rita L. Sallam is a member of the Global Content Team tasked with developing the content for Gartner Data & Analytics Summit series globally. She is a Research Vice President at Gartner in the Business Analytics and Data Science team. Her focus includes writing about and advising organizations on market trends, vendor assessment and selection, and best practices for making analytics pervasive and strategic to the business. Of particular interest to her is the evolution of modern BI platforms to support smart data discovery, self-service data preparation and advanced analytics.


Years of Experience:

  • 9 years in total with Gartner
  • 29 years in IT industry
  • 5 years in Retail industry
  • 5 years in Banking, Finance and Insurance industry
  • 5 years in Energy & Utilities industry
  • 5 years in Government industry

Issues I help clients address:

  • Comparing and selecting the right vendors
  • Assessing cost of ownership
  • Taking advantage of key trends in BI and analytics
  • Developing a successful BI strategy and program

Roles That Need My Research:

  • CIO
  • Chief Data Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • BI and Analytics Leader
  • Enterprise Data Architect

Top Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Analytics and BI Strategies
  • Data and Analytics Programs
  • Data and Analytics Leaders
  • Market & Competitive Intelligence Management
  • Positioning and Messaging

Common Inquiries I Address:

  • Vendor selection.
  • Key business analytics and data science trends.
  • How to deploy analytics pervasively and strategically in the enterprise?
  • How to expand self-service initiatives without creating chaos?
Sunday, March 4, 2018 / 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Innovative Analytics in Action: Emerging Trends You Need to Know

Visual-based data discovery disrupted the traditional, report-centric BI platform market. The next wave of disruption will come from augmented analytics, natural-language query and generation applied to conversational analytics and more. This session showcases top innovations with live demonstrations from representative vendors leading in these areas. How do you prioritize your technology investments? How can you use the Hype Cycle to track emerging trends? Which are the vendors to watch? What do the top 3 or 4 innovations look like and what value do they provide? What challenges should you consider?

Monday, March 5, 2018 / 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Gartner Opening Keynote: Scale the Value of Data and Analytics

A fundamental shift is underway. From BI to AI. From informing masses, to enabling moments. From our data, to all the data. The need for data and analytics is pervasive — underpinning every business model, every public service mission, and even our personal lives. Unlike other assets, data’s value doesn’t deplete when consumed. Data can and should be used for a multitude of purposes. We have an unprecedented opportunity, and responsibility, to creatively expand the data foundation and accelerate analytical discovery. To accomplish this feat, data and analytic leaders must master four key dimensions of scale: diversity, literacy, complexity, and trust.

Monday, March 5, 2018 / 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Augmented Analytics: Key Trends in Next Generation Analytics and BI Platforms You Need to Know

Augmented analytics is the next wave of data and analytics market disruption that automates insights from advanced analytics to augment every employee’s intelligence. In this session, we will discuss the impact of augmented analytics, the underlying technologies and how organizations should plan for this next disruption in analytics.

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