What’s Changed in this Year’s Magic Quadrant

on February 23rd, 2017
What's changed in the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence

Well, it’s that time of the year again. Gartner has just published its Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics, and as usual – we need to try and make heads and tails of it amidst a flurry of vendor noise.

While I haven’t yet had the time to read Gartner’s analysis of each and every vendor, I thought we could start with a quick overview of who moved up and right and who moved down and left between 2016 and 2017. After all, that’s the main thing that buyers are going to be looking at (somewhat unfortunately, considering the fact that Gartner itself insists that these are not rankings and one quadrant is not necessarily better than the other).

The bad news for the vendors seems to be that with a few exceptions, most of them have either remained stagnant, or shifted towards the niche quadrant. The entrenched leaders Microsoft and Tableau moved forward, while Qlik managed to stay in the Leaders quadrant but also took a hit. Another vendor that had notable forward movement is Sisense, which moved from Niche to Visionary and made the largest leap forward of all the vendors in this report.

Here is a quick summary of vendor movements between this year and last year’s Magic Quadrant, as measured in pixels:
What's changed in the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence

So what does this mean? Are the majority of business intelligence providers moving backwards rather than forwards? Not necessarily. I would say this could be the result of increased expectations and competition in the market more than anything else – with Microsoft creating pricing pressure, the data discovery market maturing, and legacy players upping their offering to match those of the newer up and comers. For buyers this is good news on the one hand, but on the other the market is becoming more confusing than other.

Anyway, I will be posting a more complete analysis later on, when I get the chance to review the document. In the meantime, you can read what Jen Underwood has to say here.