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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

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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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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