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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

The Year Ahead in Analytics and BI – The Bake Off Goes Bigger

by Cindi Howson  |  January 15, 2019

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had restful and rejuvenating holidays. We have a lot in store for you in 2019 and no doubt the frenetic pace of innovation and activity in analytics and BI will continue throughout the year. The BI Bake Off Goes Bigger and Global:  This will mark our 5th annual Gartner […]

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Look Back on Analytics and BI in 2018

by Cindi Howson  |  December 20, 2018

How are you doing with all that merry making and holiday baking? I am woefully behind …. chaos at home, MQ time, and hard to believe but, yep, already pulling together presentations for 2019 summits. But I always like to reflect back on 2018 as the year comes to a close. Was it a good […]

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Take Aways from ThoughtSpot’s First Analytics User Conference

by Cindi Howson  |  November 27, 2018

Earlier this month, I attended ThoughtSpot’s first customer conference in Washington, DC, along with about 700 other customers, prospects, and partners. As first conferences go, it was both large in attendance and inspiration.  For me, it’s the random customer conversations at breakfast or in the hallway that are invaluable (that’s you, Al, Vincent, Rajeev….). There were […]

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Happy Thanksgiving and Data for Good Updates

by Cindi Howson  |  November 20, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Many of you in the U.S. are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, and if you are in a global organization, perhaps happier for a quieter work week. For me, with and English husband, my in-laws have fallen in love with this holiday. So I have a houseful. It is one of my favorite holidays […]

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The Best Analytics and BI Tool, Take Two

by Cindi Howson  |  October 25, 2018

Many of our inquiry calls focus on who has the best BI tool, or even strengths and weaknesses between particular products.  The note that best answers this across all of Gartner’s coverage areas is the Critical Capabilities. The Magic Quadrant has some of this, but also includes strategic factors like cost, support, roadmaps, and is […]

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Data and Analytics from a Mexico Perspective

by Cindi Howson  |  October 8, 2018

We held our inaugural Data and Analytics Summit in Mexico City last month. Here’s what I learned about data and analytics from the Mexico perspective. Data and analytics is hot. Data and Analytics once again tops the list of CIO priorities globally and also in Latin America.  About 500 people attended this first-time summit, a […]

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A Day in the Life of a Gartner Analyst

by Cindi Howson  |  September 3, 2018

Someone recently asked me what an industry analyst does all day:  do we think up the latest trends? Debate the impact of AI on the workforce?  We certainly do those things, especially for the Predicts notes, but a lot of our time is also filled with the here and now. Let’s take a typical day […]

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Data for Good: Movement or Moment?

by Cindi Howson  |  July 20, 2018

A few weeks ago, we published a research note on how to Use Data for Good to Impact Society. For me, this note is from the heart and soul; I suspect the same is true for my co-authors. It’s been an evolution of a presentation and research for the past seven months, but these ideas […]

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SAP Sapphire 2018 on Analytics and BI

by Cindi Howson  |  June 25, 2018

This year’s Sapphire was one of the biggest, with an estimated 21,000 people attending in Orlando, Florida.  Sapphire is a huge event, at times overwhelming as the content can range from the business applications to all things Hana, or to my smaller space, BI and analytics. So let’s focus on that first. New in SAP […]

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Bamboozled by the Analytics and BI MQ? Four Things To Do

by Cindi Howson  |  June 8, 2018

Are you feeling bamboozled, confused, or hornswoggled by the Analytics and BI MQ? I confess, I had never heard the word hornswoggled before, until a customer used it while heatedly complaining about the MQ. I got the gist of it – but did later look it up; it means to be deceived. So if you […]

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