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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

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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Tableau Lays Out Vision at Pivotal Time for Company

by Cindi Howson  |  November 10, 2016

Austin, Texas, boasted the largest user conference for Tableau with over 13,000 people attending live, spanning multiple city blocks, and another 10,000 people joining virtually. It’s a pivotal time for the company, once a start-up and now a $700 million plus market leader. Adam Selipsky, formerly of Amazon Web Services, recently took over as CEO, […]

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Microsoft, MicroStrategy, and Munich BI and Analytics

by Cindi Howson  |  October 21, 2016

Fall has always been a busy time in the BI and analytics space, and this year, the pace has once again bordered on frenetic.  In fact, I’m writing this blog from Gartner Symposium in Orlando, and already, the Munich BI Summit last week and Microsoft Ignite conference a few weeks ago are fast fading from […]

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Women Rule the World, But Not IT

by Cindi Howson  |  September 30, 2016

My head is spinning from the presidential debates to a slew of news on diversity (and lack there of) in IT. The past year has shown a rise in female leadership in politics around the world: Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee; Theresa May as prime minister of the U.K.; Renho Murata of Japan’s Democratic […]

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Summer Shake-Ups in BI and Analytics: SalesForce, BeyondCore; Workday, Platfora and more

by Cindi Howson  |  August 23, 2016

What a busy month! I had only just arrived amid the rolling hills of Tuscany for a family reunion, vowing not to check email for a few days, when I got word of the Platfora acquisition. Then Oracle of NetSuite, and last week, Salesforce of BeyondCore. Here are my thoughts on what this means for […]

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and the New Interactive MQ

by Cindi Howson  |  August 9, 2016

If you’ve been following my blog and tweets for a few years now, you know I love chocolate (and wine and coffee, in addition to BI and analytics!). So when I saw the new interactive Magic Quadrant, I thought this is a lot like chocolate and peanut butter:  analyst opinion combined with customer opinion! A […]

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