Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms

Every time Gartner publishes the ‘Magic Quandarant for BI Platforms‘ there is lot of discussions, blogging, views, arguments etc. in the industry.  This time too it is no different from the earlier ones.

Surprisingly, for an industry which relishes on its intelligence superiority, the  ‘Visionaries’ quadrant is empty and the ‘Challengers’ quadrant has only two players – TIBCO Spotfire and Tableau!  Are we heading towards a single vendor monopoly kind of a situation or are there no worthwhile players to provide the vision and challenge the establish vendors?  Looks like all the start ups who were otherwise providing the vision and challenging the established ones have been either taken over or consumed by the bigger fishes.  Or is it that this is due to the way Gartner creates the Magic Quandrant?

Salient points in the current issue of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for BI Platforms are :

  • TCO and cost seems to have played an important role in having Microsoft getting positioned above the rest in the Leaders quadrant
  • For the first time, LogiXML and Jaspersoft has been added to the quadrant.  Is Gartner bowing to the pressures from the Open Source lobby to include low cost alternatives?
  • SAP is the lowest one on the ‘Leaders’ quadrant.  What’s gone wrong?  Are the acquisitions and its disruptiveness causing the issue?  But the market place still seems to have a great demand for Business Objects.
  • In-memory BI tool vendor, QlikTech moves upto the ‘Leaders’ quadrnat.  A worthy candidate and has had an excellent run in the market place of late.
  • Happy to see both Tableau & TIBCO Sportfire on the ‘Challengers’ quadrant.  Hope they are planning to see themselves at the Leaders quadrant next year.

Interesting thoughts and counter thoughts have started to flood the social media.  Some of them worth taking a view are :

If you are interested in understanding how Gartner evaluates the contestants.  Click on the link below :

Free download of the complete Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report is available at the SAS website.

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