Thursday, February 4, 2016 rocked the business intelligence and analytics world. The day started with the release of an exciting new 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics report, a must-read for industry enthusiasts. Unlike prior year reviews where there were modest movements, this year there were significant vendor shifts.

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As the lead for Microsoft’s technical RFI response to the Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics report, I am delighted with our results. The process is extremely thorough. The annual RFI exercise started one month after our July 2015 GA release when it seemed like everyone on the product team was out on vacation. I was fatigued from providing worldwide Q&A technical support and my partner in demo creation was sleep deprived from recently becoming a father. We both rallied everything we had to best showcase our peers’ hard work reinventing Power BI. Since Power BI 2.0 is relatively new to market, I was unsure how we would fare in our compete mix.

Check it out! Our 2016 scores and those of other leading industry vendors may surprise you!


Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics

Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics

Note: The Gartner 2016 Advanced Analytics Magic Quadrant was also just released today.

Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics



Big Changes in 2016

Since I am a Microsoft employee, I cannot say nearly as much as I used to with regards to my thoughts on Magic Quadrant rankings. I’d love to share more detail with you. The business intelligence and analytics market is totally fascinating right now! I can say this year’s BI Magic Quadrant results do reflect the material changes made in the report evaluation criteria.

In 2016 Gartner moved IT-led BI solutions to a new market guide.

The evaluation criteria changes mean only subsets of mega-vendor offerings that fall under the modern BI classification were included in the 2016 BI Magic Quadrant evaluation. For Microsoft, Power BI and aspects of Cortana Analytics were reviewed. Reporting Services, Analysis Services and other Microsoft BI professional solutions are now covered in the market guide. For SAP, Lumira, non-IT led solutions and governance features of SAP Business Objects were included with other enterprise portfolio offerings moving to the market guide. For IBM, Watson Analytics was scored here and so on.

Evaluation criteria changes did negatively impact placement of several historical market leaders. Notably neither newcomer Amazon nor old-timer Oracle had a solution in market that qualified. Several other older players were removed. New players that made a debut in 2016 include BeyondCore, ClearStory, Domo, Platfora, Salesforce and Sisense.

If you want to gain a better understanding of current market conditions, forecast market changes, top industry vendor strengths/weaknesses and the context around how these solutions were reviewed, you will need to set aside a few hours to examine the new report. The lengthy 80-page, detailed 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics findings are not a quick read. You can also join in on the upcoming Twitter chat on February 11th at 12PM EST with the Gartner analysts – #BIAMQ #businessintelligence #analytics #GartnerBI. Cindi Howson just shared a blog on her perspective tonight.