Ward Yaternick, CEO/CTO

Since 1981 Ward has been at the forefront of innovations in business intelligence and analytics. In 1991 Ward joined Cognos to lead the development of its flagship business intelligence software PowerPlay.  IBM acquired Cognos in 2007 for $4.9 billion.

In 1997 Ward co-founded OLAP@Work Corp, overseeing OLAP@Work from startup to acquisition by Business Objects. At Business Objects Ward held the position of VP Analytic Reporting Products. In 2007 SAP AG acquired Business Objects for $6.8 billion.

In 2003 Ward founded NEXT Analytics, recognizing the potential to apply business intelligence to web and social media.

Ward brings more than 3 decades of relevant experience in business intelligence and analytics to NEXT Analytics where he is recognized as a web and social media analytics expert who helps companies make informed business decisions.

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