I am somewhat old school in keeping work and personal worlds totally separate.
So on Thanksgiving, I hope you will allow me a bit of a departure from my regular blog topics. Is it cliché to say I am truly thankful for my family and friends? If you have ever attended one of my BI bake offs, you can imagine that I am an equally scary mother when I grill my children ahead of a school test. So when I’m shouting about school work, messy rooms, running late, devouring junk food, or whatever, ultimately, I am in awe of my children who are hard working, respectful, and kind. On the important stuff, they are perfect. They and my husband put up with a lot of crazy work travel and help bear the burden of running my own business.
So on that note, I am also most thankful to my customers, readers, webinar viewers, and course attendees. Many of you so willingly share your stories, your insights, and your frustrations. I am constantly inspired by what you have achieved with business intelligence in each of your fields, and by what you still hope to achieve. That you allow me to play a part in your BI journey is what motivates me to find those best practices and to discover those finer points about the BI tools. Without your business, BI Scorecard would not exist.
I am grateful to our two employees, Michelle and Scott, for allowing me the time to focus on creating new content and serving customers. Thank you, Diane, for giving us a Web presence, and Stephen for providing design support for seven years now.
My work at TDWI, Intelligent Enterprise, B-Eye Network, and McGraw Hill has introduced me to so many bright people. My colleagues in the industry set such a high bar, that they challenge me to do still more (and also willingly share their insights!). These firms give me a voice to help more organizations. They also nitpick over my writing and speaking to make it more interesting and less gibberish! Thank you.
Finally, the vendors! I know the analyst-vendor role can be a difficult one, but ultimately, we share a common goal of better serving customers. I want your product to be the right choice for that customer so they can be successful with BI, and I want your products to improve continually. We may butt heads, have a wary eye of distrust, and even shout in this process. I am thankful you so willingly educate me about your products and future plans. Thank you for answering all my questions in painstaking detail. Together, we will one day get to smarter, more pervasive BI!
Cindi Howson, BI Scorecard
P.S., and if you want my secret to mashed potatoes, it's Yukon Gold, warm milk, melted butter (just in case you thought I only know about BI :) )