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Happy Thanksgiving and Data for Good Updates

by Cindi Howson  |  November 20, 2018  |  1 Comment

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 and an important time to reflect on what we are thankful for in work and in life.

In the data and analytics world, I am thankful to see so much momentum as it relates to the data for good movement. Since we published our data for good note in July, here are just a few of the new stories and organizations that are part of this movement.

Analytic and BI vendors have continued their commitment in this space:

So lots of good work here, and I am happy to see increased awareness of how data and AI can be used to improve society. But I think we all need to think about how to move these from isolated projects to products to policy and impact.  (If I missed any key ones, let me know! and use the hashtag #data4good))

As always, I’m thankful for the clients that give meaning to my work, my colleagues that keep it all fun and share the burden, and my family that puts up with my schedule and random dinner table conversations:  “Name an important woman in tech! … correlation doesn’t mean causation! … how much data does one sensor in a football helmet generate?”  We shall soon be peeling 15 pounds of potatoes and baking all things pumpkin (and stuffing … and 3 batches of gravy, I promise!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cindi Howson

pumpkin bread

Category: big-data  business-analytics  business-intelligence  

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


Thoughts on Happy Thanksgiving and Data for Good Updates


  1. […] Our work on data for good remains at the top of my 2018 list. Feedback on presentations throughout the year gave us the validation to spend time to produce our note, Use Data for Good to Improve Society (publicly available). There is so much momentum in the industry from vendors, agencies, and experts alike, with recent activities as described in this blog. […]



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