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Seen, heard and tweeted at the Gartner BI Summit

The tweets, blog posts and quotes from the first day of Gartner's annual BI Summit get summed up here.

On Monday morning, hundreds of IT and line of business professionals attended the opening remarks and keynote address...

for the Gartner BI Summit in Los Angeles, which touched on how the industry has changed and how businesses need to change right along with it.

Bill Gassman, analyst and conference chairman, provided the opening remarks, telling his own data story. This year's event attracted 1,000 attendees, a 30% growth over last year, Gassman said, bringing attendance levels up to pre-2008 numbers.

But attendance isn't the only thing growing. When Gassman asked members of the audience to indicate whether they were members of IT or the line of business, both groups appear to be well represented.

This year also marks Gartner's 10th annual BI summit. To acknowledge the milestone, Gassman welcomed to the stage Howard Dresner, a former Gartner analyst and the "proverbial father" of BI. Dresner, who went on to found Dresner Advisory Services, coined the term business intelligence in 1993.

Gassman then introduced fellow analyst Bill Hostmann to deliver the keynote address, which focused on the importance of the three R's: Relevance, resources and renovation.

The first R -- or relevance -- seemed to receive the most Twitter attention. Hostmann began by contrasting two distinct situations: The Costa Concordia, which crashed just outside of Italy in January, and US Airways flight 1549, which crashed in the Hudson River in 2009. One had a plan, Hostmann said, the other didn't.

Hostmann said businesses should think about roles in terms of relevance, especially for those who sit close to or inside the decision-making process.

Hostmann showed a schematic of how information inspires analysis, which creates more information. It's cyclical, he said, and iterative.

Resources, the second of the three Rs, focused on teamwork, alignment and creating a common blueprint.

Hostmann recommended businesses think about their framework -- or how to align people and processes.

When putting the framework together, Hostmann said, start at the top.

Finally, Hostmann talked about renovation or the future of BI, which requires consumerization; new tools and technologies; and making analytics more central to the process.

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