BUSINESS FOUNDATION BOARD OF ADVISORS
Howard has been in the software industry since 1981, when he designed technical curricula for a turnkey accounting software vendor (ERP today). Back then "timesharing" was emerging as a dominant computing model - using "dumb" terminals, connected to mainframe computers via 300 baud "acoustic couplers".
Since those early days, he has had had the privilege to observe, learn and contribute from different corners of the market: as a vendor, a user, an IT professional and as an industry analyst. Over the past 28 years, he has become a well known and respected figure in the software industry, not only for his knowledge and skill - but for his leadership, integrity and ethics.
Among his many roles, he spent 13 years at Gartner, where he served as lead analyst for Business Intelligence. During his tenure he drove the definition and direction of the Business Intelligence research agenda, taking BI from an esoteric "backwater" to a mainstream and highly valued research area. He was twice selected as "analyst of the year" and inducted as a Gartner "cultural icon". He was named Distinguished Analyst in 2003 and Gartner Fellow in 2004. 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.
In 2005, he left Gartner and joined Hyperion Solutions as Chief Strategy Officer, successfully making the transition back to vendor life. As CSO he focused his efforts both internally and externally. He focused internally upon corporate strategy, product direction, and acquisitions. Externally, he drove the thought leadership initiatives and served as a "voice" of Hyperion for customers, analysts and the market at large. As a result, he succeeded in making Hyperion the uncontested leader in performance management solutions. In late 2007, Howard formed his own company, Dresner Advisory Services, and is dedicated to BI and EPM thought leadership and strategy consulting. In early 2008, he published his first book, The Performance Management Revolution (John Wiley & Sons) and is currently working on his second book, which will be published at the end of 2009.
Rich Clayton, Oracle
Rich Clayton is vice president of marketing for Oracle's Business Intelligence and Performance Management products. In this role, Mr. Clayton works in Oracle's new Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Global Business Unit and is responsible for driving the global go-to-market strategy for products, channels and sales enablement for the BI and EPM markets.
For the last 17 years, Mr. Clayton has been marketing enterprise software applications and technology for large, multi-national companies. At Hyperion, Mr. Clayton was vice president of product marketing responsible for go-to-market planning, product positioning, market strategy, sales enablement and pricing and licensing.
Prior to joining Hyperion, Mr. Clayton was vice president of marketing for a venture backed startup focused on building online e-marketing services for Fortune 1000 companies.
Before marketing enterprise software, Mr. Clayton worked in corporate finance for several years and was a public auditor with McGladery & Pullen.
Mr. Clayton earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Loras College.
Guy Haddleton is co-founder and chief executive of award winning, US product innovator Ascadia, which develops and markets products for consumer and business-to-business markets. Guy was founder, chairman and chief executive of enterprise performance planning software leader Adaytum, from 1990 to 2002, which after expanding from market leader in the UK to Europe, the USA and Asia Pacific, was sold in 2002, for $US160 million.
Before Adaytum, Guy was managing director at London marketing and subscription management company TV Direct. Guy has also held senior management positions in the UK distribution industry, served as an officer in the New Zealand army and is an MBA graduate from the University of Otago.
Guy is currently based in Minneapolis, USA, after emigrating from New Zealand in 1985, but is now looking to spend a greater proportion of his time in New Zealand.
Twenty five years in high technology marketing management, sales, product management/development, and finance.
Corporate assignments included positions of global responsibility with operational experience in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Founded and led a marketing consulting/advertising agency through several business cycles, managed corporate marketing organizations at two enterprise software companies, founder of two technology start-ups. Excellent communicator with a track record of building productive relationships with customers, partners, influencers and employees.
Mike is currently Vice President at SonicWall
SonicWALL is committed to improving the performance and productivity of businesses of all sizes by engineering the cost and complexity out of running a secure network. Over one million SonicWALL appliances have been shipped through its global network of ten thousand channel partners to keep tens of millions of worldwide business computer users safe and in control of their data. SonicWALL's award-winning solutions include network security, secure remote access, content security, backup and recovery, and policy and management technology. For more information, visit the company web site at http://www.sonicwall.com/.
Gauthier Vasseur, Google
Gauthier leads the strategy and the design of Performance Management (PM) systems and processes at Google. He drives Finance, IT and Engineering to implement sustainable and innovative solutions for the Finance Group that will support company's development.
Prior to joining Google, Gauthier was Senior Director of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Strategy for Oracle’s Business Intelligence and Performance Management Global Business Unit (GBU). As one of the architects of Oracle’s EPM vision and concepts, Gauthier drove EPM innovations within Oracle and Hyperion (a previously acquired company) and with Fortune 500 customers, industry experts, partners and academia.
Before joining the software industry and during his 11-year audit and controlling experience in global firms, Gauthier brought together applications and databases delivering world-class financial systems which received international attention and would still be considered state-of-the-art today. Praised in the French and international press, his solutions encompassed the complete set of financial activities from market reviews to accounting analytics, off- balance sheet operations or cash monitoring into a single, seamless, automated environment.
Gauthier chaired the IT commission of the French Treasurer Association during 2 years. Gauthier also teaches finance professionals at the AFTE training centre and delivers keynotes at CFO and CIO events worldwide. He’s a writer for French Treasurers magazine and also visiting MBA professor at Bordeaux Business School and SP Jain University Dubai-Singapore.
End User, controller, developer, strategist for EPM, double MBA in Corporate Finance and Management Accounting/Reporting... surfer, biker and long distance runner, Gauthier has built a unique profile to envision and implement both high-level strategy and real-world solutions with balance and passion.
Pier Barattolo, Right90
As Right90's Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Pier brings a wealth of experience in forecasting, performance management and business intelligence gained at Business Objects, Cognos, Adaytum, Rolls-Royce Capital, and GE Capital.
Over the last 12 years Pier has held a number of sales leadership roles in the UK and the US helping Adaytum grow from a $1M to a $65M company and turning around one of Cognos’ sales regions. During that period he has been a consistent top performer, building high performance teams and focusing on employee and customer success. Pier has an MBA from Cass Business School, London, England, and a BS Economics, Honors from the University College London, London, England.