Thanks to Power BI, Microsoft Is One of Three Leaders in Gartner Magic Quadrant

Microsoft Power BI is one of just three market leaders, according to Gartner's just-released Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytic Platforms 2016. This puts Microsoft alongside Tableau and Qlik, both of which scored slightly higher in ability to execute, but Microsoft outpaced them in Completeness of Vision, in which it leads the pack of 24 vendors evaluated (see graphic).

The 2016 Magic Quadrant shows a considerable "shakedown." The Leader quadrant in 2015 included nine vendors. Several 2015 Leaders including SAP, IBM, Microstrategy, and SAS dropped below the "Ability to Execute" threshold, from the Leader to Visionaries quadrant. Oracle, a leader in 2015, dropped off the grid entirely.

Why? Because, says Gartner:


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About Dann Anthony Maurno

Dann Anthony Maurno is a seasoned business journalist who began his career as International Marketing Manager with Lilly Software, then moved on as a freelancer to write for such prestigious clients as CFO Magazine; Compliance Week;Manufacturing Business Technology; Decision Resources, Inc.; The Economist Intelligence Unit; and corporate clients such as Iron Mountain, Microsoft and SAP. He is the co-author of Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives(CRC/Productivity Press, 2010).

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