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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

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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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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