Cindi Howson
Episode #11 Analytic Stories™


For Cindi Howson, data isn’t just about software and technology. It’s just as important to working with the customer to find out how where data is holding them back and influencing their strategy. (15:00)


Cindi believes that building new skills since the world of data is continuously changing:


KEY POINTS

  • Always be learning, whether it’s reading, a virtual class, or listening to a podcast. Carving out time for learning in these busy times can be invaluable. (2:15)
  • If you lead a team, make data fluency part of your company’s DNA. Have conversations and socialization to discuss data. (3:00)
  • Carving a new path about how and where you fit in a process or a solution can be difficult, but can lead you to be true partners with a company on your journey. (16:00)
  • “State of the art” is always changing and it’s a hard message for some to hear. The end game is the insight the data gives you, not simply the way it’s presented. (18:30)
  • Value your listening and intuition skills. Observation, both visually and auditory, can indicate what your customer is not telling you. (23:35)

WHICH OF THESE IDEAS ARE YOU GOING TO WORK ON RIGHT AWAY?
HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED A BREAKTHROUGH OF MAKING DATA MORE IMPACTFUL?

Cindi Howson<br>Episode #11 Analytic Stories™

Cindi is an analytics and BI thought leader and expert with a flair for bridging business needs with technology. As Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot, she advises top clients and partners on data strategy and best practices to becoming data driven. Cindi was previously a Gartner research Vice President, as the lead author for the data and analytics maturity model and analytics and BI Magic Quadrant, and a popular keynote speaker. She introduced new research in data and AI for good, NLP/BI Search, and augmented analytics and brought both the BI bake offs and innovation panels to Gartner globally.


She’s rated a top 12 influencer in big data and analytics by Onalytca, Solutions Review, Humans of Data. Prior to joining Gartner, she was founder of BI Scorecard, a resource for in-depth product reviews based on exclusive hands-on testing, contributor to Information Week, and the author of several books including: Successful Business Intelligence: Unlock the Value of BI & Big Data and SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0: The Complete Reference.


She served as The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) faculty member for more than a decade. Prior to founding BI Scorecard, Howson was a manager at Deloitte & Touche and a BI standards leader for Dow Chemical. She has an MBA from Rice University.

Twitter: @BIScorecard
LinkedIn:
 https://www.linkedin.com/in/biscorecard/
Website:
www.thoughtspot.com



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