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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

Timely Product Insights: Microsoft Power BI, SAS Visual Analytics, and More

by Cindi Howson  |  August 10, 2017

Hi! Remember my New Year’s resolution, and reference to a vague goal I couldn’t tell you about in January? It is that Gartner is officially piloting more frequent updates to the Critical Capabilities notes, aka, product strengths and weaknesses. Woo hoo! I am so excited about this, and it has been a multi-year initiative to launch. […]

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Pervasive BI and Analytics: Are We There Yet?

by Cindi Howson  |  August 2, 2017

Based on our just published survey note, BI and analytics adoption has nudged up to about 32% of employees in an organization. Are you a glass-half-full person who thinks this is progress, or glass-half- empty person who sees we have so much work to do? BI adoption is a metric I have been tracking for […]

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Behind the Scenes at the Data & Analytics Summit in Brazil

by Cindi Howson  |  July 12, 2017

Last month I was lucky enough to again participate at our Data and Analytics Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but this year, with a touch more pressure.  Here is a behind the scenes look at a keynote and a summit. Donald Feinberg, our summit chair, asked if I would do the keynote with him this […]

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A Call to Lead: SAP Sapphire Part Two

by Cindi Howson  |  June 26, 2017

Last month, at SAP’s Sapphire NOW in Orlando, I had the opportunity to attend an amazing program titled, “A Call to Lead.” If the topic of women in tech and diversity didn’t get me there, how about two of the main speakers: Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Former President George W. Bush. It doesn’t […]

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SAP Sapphire 2017: BI and Analytics Highlights

by Cindi Howson  |  May 31, 2017

SAP continues to battle for BI and analytics market leadership on multiple fronts both in the cloud and on-premises, within its captive applications customer base and beyond. Here are my key takeaways from its annual Sapphire conference. Cloud In terms of cloud, SAP once again rebranded its product: SAP Analytics Cloud. This is a smart […]

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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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