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 October 2007
I'm just back from both SAP's Reporting and Analytics conference and Business Objects' Insight conference... Business Objects CEO John Schwarz spoke directly about the pending acquisition, saying it will make the company stronger, faster, better and that Business Objects "will take over a significant group at SAP." (I hadn't heard this last aspect before). Schwarz openly acknowledged customer concerns and made the five following commitments…
An interesting spin to this acquisition versus others is that Business Objects will remain a separate company under SAP's ownership... which could offer customers and prospects the best of both worlds... So where's the catch?... Customers can expect a number of modules from Business Objects XI to become part of the Netweaver BI product, complementing (rather than replacing) interfaces such as SAP Business Explorer. SAP meanwhile, brings MDM and in-memory capabilities to Business Objects.