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 for bigger impact from data. These include company culture, measures of success, business-IT partnership, executive-level sponsorship and organizational models to support BI delivery. Ms. Howson also has an interest in diversity of IT teams and data for good. As the founder of BI Scorecard, Ms. Howson developed an evaluation framework for BI tools and published product reviews based on hands-on testing. Ms. Howson taught for The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) and wrote for Information Week. She authored five books, including "Successful Business Intelligence: Unlock the Value of BI & Big Data" and "SAP BusinessObjects: The Complete Reference." Prior to founding BI Scorecard, Ms. Howson was a manager at Deloitte & Touche and BI tools leader at Dow Chemical.