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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 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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Qlik on Change, New Innovations, and Data Literacy

by Cindi Howson  |  April 30, 2018

Last week I attended Qlik’s annual partner and customer conference in Orlando, Florida. With a new CEO, recently reduced workforce, and shift in strategy (see the MQ), I wasn’t sure what to expect. Newly appointed CEO Mike Capone, formerly from Medidata and ADP, kicked off the keynote. He shared a funny exchange with a partner […]

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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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