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Cindi Howson
Research VP
1 years at Gartner
25 years IT Industry

Cindi Howson is a Research Vice President at Gartner, where she focuses on business intelligence (BI) and analytics. Her work includes writing about market trends, vendors and best practices and advising organizations on these subjects. Read Full Bio

Qlik Reveals More Roadmap and Vision

by Cindi Howson  |  May 19, 2017

I’m just back from Qlik’s annual partner and user conference in Florida. Now as a privately held vendor, Qlik was able to share more of their detailed roadmap than they have in previous years. Whenever a vendor goes through a change in ownership, analysts and customers alike watch for changes in leadership and roadmaps to […]

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MicroStrategy: Longevity and Re-invention

by Cindi Howson  |  May 3, 2017

Last month, MicroStrategy hosted its 20th user conference in Washington, DC, with over 2800 attendees. There are only a couple BI and analytic vendors that can lay claim to such longevity – most have been acquired or are new to the space. It’s a different landscape than 20 years ago, when I first discovered DSS […]

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Tableau Adds Subscription Pricing: Is It Good For You?

by Cindi Howson  |  April 13, 2017

Last week, Tableau announced new subscription based pricing for on-premises software.  The new model lowers the entry price for users, but is it a good deal? Many BI and analytic vendors use perpetual licensing plus an annual support fee. Historically, SAS was one of the few vendors that only offered subscription pricing. I have always […]

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Words of Wisdom from Women in Tech

by Cindi Howson  |  March 29, 2017

We’ve had a whirlwind of summits the past five weeks: Sydney, Dallas, and London. In Dallas, I co-chaired with Debra Logan our our first women in technology and diversity forum that included a presentation, roundtable, breakfast and workshop! To me, this is amazing progress from what started simply as a women in BI luncheon three […]

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BI Bake Off and ReducingTraffic Fatalities

by Cindi Howson  |  March 15, 2017

Last week, we held our third annual BI Bake Off at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in Dallas, Texas. I’ve been doing bake offs for 10 years now, and this one was by far the biggest with almost 600 people attending. Selection to the live panel is based on attendee interest, with Microsoft, Qlik, […]

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Biggest Mistakes To Avoid When Reading the Magic Quadrant

by Cindi Howson  |  February 23, 2017

The 2017 BI and Analytics Magic Quadrant just published, a note that many wait with bated breath to read, to announce, to brag, while others dread its release. No matter your degree of anticipation, here are the biggest mistakes people make in reading it. Assuming “ability to execute” is about ability and future ability. The […]

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How Cool & Innovative Are Your BI and Analytics Capabilities?

by Cindi Howson  |  February 10, 2017

We are in the throws of identifying cool vendors this year. It’s an exciting time when we get to reflect on the most innovative trends and vendors we’ve encountered in the last year. But I have to say, sometimes, I think, “so what.” The majority of end customers are not ready to take advantage of […]

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The Best BI & Analytics Notes of 2016 You Might Have Missed

by Cindi Howson  |  January 30, 2017

I suspect you have all read our big reports: the Magic Quadrant, the Critical Capabilities (aka product reviews), the Hype Cycle, Cool Vendors, and so many Market Guides.  Those are the best known notes. But our team published over 200 reports and toolkits last year. Here are some of my favorite other notes that you […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for BI & Analytics

by Cindi Howson  |  January 6, 2017

What’s your New Year’s resolution for BI and analytics? Do you even bother making them? Personally, I like making resolutions, or at least setting some goals. I have my personal ones that I set, and some perennials that I set and never achieve. Oh, if only I could get to yoga once a week! My […]

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What CIOs Say About BI and Analytics

by Cindi Howson  |  November 30, 2016

Gartner Symposium is one of the largest gatherings of CIOs, with events around the world throughout September, October, and November. The U.S. Event in Orlando, Florida was sold out with over 10,000 attendees. At the U.S. Symposium, I facilitated a round table discussion on how to modernize BI and analytics portfolios, presented on this year’s […]

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