Profile of Cindi HowsonFounder, BI Scorecard
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Cindi Howson is the founder of BI Scorecard, a resource for in-depth BI product reviews based on exclusive hands-on testing. She has been advising clients on BI tool strategies and selections for more than 20 years. She is the author of Successful Business Intelligence: Unlock the Value of BI and Big Data and SAP Business Objects BI 4.0: The Complete Reference. She is a faculty member of The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) and a contributing expert to InformationWeek. Before founding BI Scorecard, she was a manager at Deloitte & Touche and a BI standards leader for a Fortune 500 company. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the Irish Times, Forbes, and Business Week. She has an MBA from Rice University.
Articles by Cindi Howson
posted in March 2010
Last week, I was at an SAP Insider conference focused on business intelligence... As I felt once before in attending one of these events, there is a big disconnect between SAP BusinessObjects' lofty vision and customer reality.
"Mainstream BI" continues to be more vision than reality, but how about mainstream analytics? This week, visualization and analytics vendor TIBCO Spotfire took one step closer to making that a reality with its 3.1 release.
I'm just back from the SAS 19th annual analyst summit... With IBM having acquired SPSS, SAS's closest (but distant) competitor in advanced analytics, I thought there would be more attention on how this acquisition will affect SAS's strategy and market dynamics. And yet, it sounded almost like a nonevent...
At TDWI in Vegas last week, I caught a presentation by Bill Baker (formerly of Microsoft, now of Visible Technologies) on social media and sentiment analysis... I also welcomed Pentaho to my BI Bake Off for the first time... And it wouldn't be Vegas without celebrity sightings!