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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 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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BI Bake Off and the Best BI Tool

by Cindi Howson  |  March 23, 2016

By Cindi Howson Hi, all! I know—you are hoping I will reveal the ultimate winner of last week’s BI bake off from the Gartner BI Summit. But I can’t. Any more than I could declare that chocolate cake is better than chocolate chip cookies (they are both great)! The purpose of the BI bake off is […]

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Part Three of the Magic Quadrant: The Critical Capabilities for BI and Analytics

by Cindi Howson  |  March 10, 2016

By Cindi Howson Woo Hoo! The Critical Capabilities for BI and Analytics just published! It is one of my favorite reports. Well, I do have a love-hate relationship with this report. It is painful to create but I love it for the value for customers. It is the closest you get to my former BI […]

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Behind the Scenes with the New BI & Analytics Magic Quadrant

by Cindi Howson  |  February 10, 2016

By Cindi Howson The 2016 BI and Analytics Magic Quadrant published last week and it seems the twitter-blogosphere is on fire with some positives, negatives, and gasps over a dramatically different dot picture over previous years.  This also was my first end-to-end participation in the Magic Quadrant process so I wanted to share some of what […]

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Happy New Year – A Look Back on 2015 and The Year Ahead

by Cindi Howson  |  January 5, 2016

by Cindi Howson Happy New Year … and happy one-year anniversary to me! Yep, exactly one year ago today, I started my life at Gartner.  Here’s my look back on 2015 and a peak of what 2016 will bring. The BI Bake Off:  Gartner conference planning starts more than a year before an event, so […]

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Qlik Launches QlikView 12, Leads with Qlik Sense

by Cindi Howson  |  December 17, 2015

by Cindi Howson Earlier this month Qlik hosted its fourth annual analyst “unsummit” in which they shared the state of the business and product roadmaps. In the life of an analyst, in-depth analyst briefings can be a great source of information, but they can also be a drag; we schlep somewhere far away, may or may […]

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Modern BI Platforms: The Role of the Data Warehouse and Semantic Models

by Cindi Howson  |  November 19, 2015

By Mark Beyer and Cindi Howson How do I get to my data faster? Every analyst in every organization asks this question almost as soon as they start moving up the skills curve. The answer is simple and direct—provide agility to the competent and protect the uninitiated from their over-confidence. Modern BI and analysis tools […]

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SAP’s New Cloud for Analytics

by Cindi Howson  |  November 18, 2015

October was quite the busy month in the Cloud BI and Analytics space with two major announcements: Amazon QuickSights and SAP Cloud for Analytics. We posted a note on QuickSights based on initial demonstrations. A few of us have signed up for access to the preview, but we are still awaiting access to that. Stay […]

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