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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

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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Using the BI and Analytics MQ to Modernize and Select the Right Tool

by Cindi Howson  |  July 20, 2016

Yesterday, Rita Sallam and I presented a webinar on using the BI and Analytics Magic Quadrant to modernize and select the right tool for the right user.  If you missed it, you can watch on demand! We didn’t get to answer all of the questions, so below are a few follow ups, plus some interesting […]

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Qlik Sense 3, the Brexit, and More

by Cindi Howson  |  June 29, 2016

It’s been a distracting few weeks:  A Brexit, two industry privatizations, and Microsoft acquiring LinkedIn. Does anyone possibly think the technology sector is dull? So it’s almost easy to overlook that in the midst of this, Qlik released Qlik Sense 3.0 this week. There are a couple key things about this release and take aways […]

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Highlights from SAP Sapphire and SAP BusinessObjects Cloud

by Cindi Howson  |  May 18, 2016

Greetings from SAP Sapphire (well the airport, but you know what I mean)! This was my seventh Sapphire conference, and with so much happening in the SAP analytics world, I was glad I made it this year’s event. SAP has had a plethora of brands and tools in the BI and analytics space over the years. […]

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How Technology Saved My Husband’s Life

by Cindi Howson  |  April 22, 2016

by Cindi Howson There are times that I think technology is taking over our lives and not always in a positive way. Consider some of the top 2016 predictions : By 2018, more than 3 million workers globally will be supervised by a “roboboss.” By 2018, 2 million employees will be required to wear health […]

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