It is that time of the year when the much awaited Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence report is released bringing in new surprises every year.
This year’s MQ contained a few surprises and invoked a few thoughts on the current state of the market and where it is going.
Here is 2017 MQ:
and here is 2016 MQ:
Major changes and shifts in the leaders quadrant:
The first obvious change that catches the eye is the major shift of Tableau and Microsoft towards the top right and Qlik shifting slightly back. These 3 vendors continue to hold on to the leaders quadrant in 2017 as well. This movement in the Leaders Quadrant has definitely changed the competitive equation with Tableau and Microsoft Power BI battling it out for dominance with Qlik lagging behind.
Microsoft would want to further its lead with investments in areas like natural language generation and artificial intelligence. It would be interesting to see how Tableau handles the restructuring of the back-end platform as a result of the Hyper acquisition.
One of the reasons Gartner gives for Qlik slipping back was the effect of transitioning the market from the legacy QlikView product to the new QlikSense platform.
The placement of solution providers in this years report speaks to the fact that traditional BI vendors have had a tough time adapting to the new landscape, with Gartner saying: “What is new this year, is that traditional BI vendors that were slow to adjust to the “modern wave of disruption” struggled to remain relevant during the market transition.”