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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

Wisdom, Women in Tech, and Alexa

by Cindi Howson  |  April 2, 2018

The last six weeks have been a whirl wind with three summits in three continents, the Analytics and BI MQ publishing, and women’s history month. Oh, and I almost forgot about four snow storms and loss of power for six days. Yeesh! As my family and I sat around the Easter brunch table, I shared […]

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BI Bake Off and Battling the Opioid Epidemic

by Cindi Howson  |  March 13, 2018

Last week we hosted the fourth annual Gartner BI Bake Off in Dallas, Texas. Over 3800 people attended the summit with about 800 arriving early on Sunday for the Bake Off, record attendance for both! We have tried to use this session as part of the Data for Good movement, using public data sets that […]

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Highlights From SAS on Data for Good and Shift to Open Platform

by Cindi Howson  |  February 23, 2018

Last week I had the opportunity to attend SAS’s annual analyst briefing, this year in sunny Naples, Florida. As I left New Jersey at a chilly 15F degrees, I couldn’t help but think how lucky I am:  The role of an analyst can sometimes take you to exotic – and warm – places. (Of course, […]

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MicroStrategy World 2018 Key Takeaways

by Cindi Howson  |  January 29, 2018

MicroStrategy hosted its annual user conference to 2500 people earlier this month in Las Vegas. This was one of the few times in more than a decade that I could not attend – too many competing deadlines – so I caught the Live Stream for what’s new. Here are my key takeaways. Focus on Customer […]

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Happy New Year, BI Bake Off, and Data

by Cindi Howson  |  January 5, 2018

Happy New Year! Baby, it’s cold outside, but it’s hot in data in analytics! I’m in New Jersey, a toasty -11 Fahrenheit today (that’s -23 in Celsius) so I already have visions of a Sydney beach dancing in my head. I hope you have registered for one of our global summits.  The early bird registration […]

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A Look Back on Analytics and BI in 2017

by Cindi Howson  |  December 14, 2017

Did 2017 feel more dramatic, frenetic to you? It did to me. For sure, there is never a dull day in data and analytics at Gartner. While several of us are seriously heads down in the 2018 Analytics and BI Magic Quadrant, dreaming of dots rather than sugar plums, I wanted to take a moment […]

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Analytics and Community at Salesforce’s Dreamforce

by Cindi Howson  |  November 21, 2017

I attended my first Salesforce Dreamforce user conference earlier this month, along with 171,000 of my other friends! As it was my first time attending, I was overwhelmed but impressed by the size, the style, and not-so-subtle messages of community.  CEO Marc Benioff kicked off his keynote by thanking his customers and recognizing the trailblazers—the […]

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Analytics Thought Leadership a la ThoughtSpot and Condoleezza Rice

by Cindi Howson  |  November 7, 2017

Analytics and BI is a crowded market. So what’s a new vendor to do to get on people’s radar? Bring in some serious star power courtesy of Condoleezza Rice and Tiki Barber. ThoughtSpot’s New York event last month was sold out with over 500 attending. What struck me most about the event is the number […]

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Tableau: Aiming to Empowering the Individual and the Enterprise

by Cindi Howson  |  October 12, 2017

I’m just back from Tableau’s 10th annual user conference where 14,000 attendees convened in Las Vegas to share best practices, hear about the roadmap, test drive new capabilities, and party! BI and Analytics Myth Busters CEO Adam Selipsky kicked off the keynote with his own set of myth busters: Myth: AI will replace the analyst. […]

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What Modern Analytics and BI Means for You

by Cindi Howson  |  September 22, 2017

It’s hard to believe that it is already two years ago that Gartner first formally published our definition of modern BI and Analytics. We got a lot right in that first iteration that we recently updated in this note. One subtle, but important change in this updated note and in the next MQ:  analytics is […]

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