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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

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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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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