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Look Back on Analytics and BI in 2018

by Cindi Howson  |  December 20, 2018  |  Submit a Comment

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 year? What were my favorite notes? What were the biggest trends? Below are a few of the highlights.

  • 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.
  • We held our first ever data and analytics summit in Mexico, with amazing attendance! Our keynote themes were overcoming the challenges of trust, all types of diversity, complexity, and data literacy (see this note). Here are our venues for 2019.
  • Augmented analytics and NLP both are top 10 Gartner trends. I’ve been in this space for more than 20 years now, and with so much innovation, every year feels like a new challenge.
  • I didn’t quite get to see as many individual customers and user conferences as I typically do. But I was glad to be able squeeze in time last week in Stamford to facilitate for our own internal data story telling workshop (see this Smart with Gartner article). Yes, we do drink our own champagne (or eat our own dog food, if you prefer that analogy).

I wish everyone Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays!  Thank you for making this such a wonderful industry to work in.

Stay tuned for what we have in store in 2019!


Cindi Howson













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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

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