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Microsoft Gets Gartner's Business Intelligence Top Ranking -- Business Intelligence

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Microsoft Gets Gartner's Business Intelligence Top Ranking

The company makes a surprise leap ahead of Business Objects and Cognos in its ability to execute on BI products and pricing.

Business Objects and Cognos have long been considered the leaders in business intelligence platforms. But in a surprising new report, Gartner ranks Microsoft ahead of those companies in its ability to execute.

Gartner's "magic quadrants" are typically annual market evaluations that place software vendors in one of four quadrants within a square: niche players, visionaries, challengers, and leaders. Specific placement within a quadrant depends on a vendor's ability to execute, which moves them upward, and completeness of vision, which moves them to the right.

Business Objects, Cognos, and Microsoft were placed among the leaders in Gartner's just-released Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, 2008. But the research firm placed Microsoft above the other two in its ability to execute, including the competitiveness and success of its BI goods and services, its viability and investment in BI, and the execution of its sales and pricing. In last year's BI platform report, Gartner put Microsoft in the challenger quadrant.

Business Objects and Cognos slightly outranked Microsoft in completeness of vision, which includes such things as market understanding, sales strategy, and product development and delivery strategy.

By placing the world's largest vendor of commodity software as one of the BI market leaders, Gartner is demonstrating how quickly BI is moving from a specialized, expensive technology into a commodity itself. The rapidly commoditizing BI market, many industry observers believe, is among the reasons Business Objects accepted a $6.8 billion buyout offer from SAP (NYSE: SAP) and Cognos took a $5 billion buyout offer from IBM (NYSE: IBM).

In its report, written by James Richardson and three other Gartner analysts, the firm cites the attractiveness of Microsoft's integrated Office suite, its PerformancePoint Server released last year, and SQL Server to businesses standardized on Microsoft platforms. "The bundling and pricing of its BI products makes Microsoft an economically attractive offering that will be considered by many organizations," the analysts wrote, adding that Microsoft's large development community will further the platform.

They also wrote that customers cite Microsoft for having the "best BI software quality of all the megavendors, with over half of them reporting no problems with the software," and attribute this quality, in part, to much of its technology having been internally developed rather than acquired.

Microsoft Gets Gartner's Business Intelligence Top Ranking -- Business Intelligence

 

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David


Posted Thu, Feb 7 2008 9:55 AM by David Overton

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Steve J. Laye wrote re: Microsoft Gets Gartner's Business Intelligence Top Ranking -- Business Intelligence
on Mon, Jul 27 2009 8:01 PM

Oh! Thats great! Gartner is establishing how quickly BI is moving from a specialized, expensive technology into a commodity itself.

David Overton wrote re: Microsoft Gets Gartner's Business Intelligence Top Ranking -- Business Intelligence
on Tue, Jul 28 2009 8:55 AM

Steve,

Commodity is an interesting word.  When BI software costs £10k / user, then MS is indeed commoditising it, however MS software and your costs should be taken in comparison to these much larger systems.  There is still huge amounts of money in the market and the numbers of customers are growing significantly.

David

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