Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms is now available.

Good news for Microsoft again – it remains in the Leaders quadrant, though in line with all other MegaVendors has slipped a bit due to a weak story around data discovery. It still remains a well loved platform by both users, developers and architects and is showing increasing levels of being the standard enterprise product. For those of us working the the field it remains a safe bet from a career point of view for a good few years yet.

On the downside there are the same bugbears we are still complaining about – no credible mobile story, metadata management is non-existent (hello Project Barcelona – no news for 2 years now?)  and PowerView, while shiny, is no match for the likes of QlikView or Tableau (regardless of how ugly they are behind the shiny screens, that’s what the users see and judge you on).

Anyway, not too shabby a report card, a decent score but the usual caveat of “could try harder”. But the other big kids (IBM Cognos, SAS, Oracle) are doing pretty much the same so not much to worry about.

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