Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 3 Year in A Row

February 5, 2016 at 9:11 PMSteven Wang

Comparing to past 2 years, the latest published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms has some very interesting changes.

There are only 3 big players stay in the first group: Tableau, Qlik and Microsoft. Given that the MS did a fantastic job on the new Power BI platform, I'm not surprising MS is waken up and rising in this space. I was surprised that Microstrategy, IBM, SAP and Information Builders are fallen out the first group. Particularly, Oracle is dropped off the radar.

This is getting more and more interesting and look forward to how all these players doing this year.

Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 3 Year in A Row



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This is a slightly unfair comparison, and I am not defending any vendor here, but you really need to read this years report and understand that Gartner, probably with pressure from some of the vendors, have changed their criteria this year. They have moved from an IT-centric position to being self-service centric. That makes a big difference.

So before writing off any of the vendors, or congratulating others, read the report.


Hi David.

Thanks for your message.

Honestly, I indeed never truly believe Magic Quadrant. It is more for those senior, principal Architects, top software acquisition managers etc to make decisions without too much worrying about the consequence. A little cynical but I noticed, watched and heard.  

I just evaluate things by myself to see if it is suitable for my situation.

By the way, have a guide is certainly better than nothing even it is biased.

Thanks you again for your fair comments.




Cesar Prado says:

Microsoft always has offered platform at the same time the competitors has offered solution. PowerView + PowerBI (Power family) was the first movement to change it, offering a solution to be really used by the ordinary users instead of developers or users with some development skill.


This is a good starting point. It will be great to know who is the main audience for this magic quadrant. one piece is missing which is the footprint of each solution and its evolution over this 3 years. Is it for:
1 - Students wheeling to join the analytics world?
2 - Analysts or employees wheeling to secure their jobs or switch career?
3 - IT acquisition managers looking for a new tool or to stay ahead of the pack?
Looking at Oracle free fall, one would wonder why we still have so many Oracle classes and boot camps?
Why is Microsoft Power BI not the main tool teach at any major school?
AS BI Manager, I see two main difficulties in the corporate space that maintain legacy systems despite this obvious market train. they are long term contracts and workforce resistance to change (or to learn).
As parent, I expect this quadrant to guide me on my kids' orientation. Unless you are guiding a 8-10 years old, the jobs out there are SAP and SAS with Tableau coming like bonus on the cake.
New jobs based mainly on the new tools are seldom.
Hope to see a new quadrant with market share and jobs prospects.
Niece job and congratulations!



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