Gartner Magic Quadrant BI 2016

Gartner Magic Quadrant 2016 – The BI Landscape has finally changed.

by | Feb 6, 2016

Gartner have released their Magic Quadrant for 2016 and OMG the BI market has substantially changed according to Gartner.  In fact, for those of us who love more emotive sentences, you could say there has been a blood bath!

Gartner Magic Quadrant BI 2016

Gartner Magic Quadrant BI 2016

The first thing to notice is that there has been a massive clear out of the leaders quadrant compared to 2015.
Only Tableau, Microsoft and Qlik have survived.  We have seen the removal of Microstrategy, SAS, SAP, IBM, Oracle and Information Builders from the leaders quadrant.
The second thing to notice is that Oracle has gone from Gartners Quadrant for BI all together!
The third thing to notice is that Qlik and Microsoft are now much closer to Tableau in the leaders quadrant.
So what has caused this massive reorganisation?  In the words of Gartner:
“The BI and analytics platform market’s multiyear shift from IT-led enterprise reporting to business-led self-service analytics has passed the tipping point.”
So it’s official (from Gartner anyway) the legacy vendors with their massive license upfront, massive and lengthy installation process and suite based approach is dead.
Vive la revolution!
If you want to read the full Gartner BI Magic Quadrant report for 2016 you can download it from the Qlik site here:
If you wait a couple of days I have no doubt you will be able to download a copy from the Microsoft and Tableau websites as well.  (The other vendors sites, maybe not so much.)
Change, learn or fade away, it’s your choice – Shane
Shane blogs about all of the things data and business intelligence. 

You can read Shane’s blog, Gartner Data Integration Magic Quadrant 2016 – Behind with the times, or all of Shane’s blogs here.

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  1. Brian

    Microsoft has been extremely busy building in the BI space for the last year or two.
    Seems they have managed to pull themselves out of the Excel mire and leapfrog the game!
    Kudos to Satya Nadella.

  2. Mohammad

    where is Oracle BI???!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Shane Gibson

    Hi Mohammad, Oracle did not make the Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics this year. If you download the MQ report there is a note near the end of the document describing why.

  4. Sudhir Goel

    What are the Microsoft BI tools called? Do they work with Hadoop/Hive?

    • Shane Gibson

      Hi Sudhir
      A quote from the Gartner Article:
      “Microsoft Power BI is the focus for this Magic Quadrant and is on its second major release, offering cloud-based BI with a new desktop interface — Power BI Desktop. Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and Analysis Services are not included in the Magic Quadrant evaluation, but are covered in our new Market Guide for enterprise reporting
      based platforms”
      Be careful as the PowerBI brand has been used for a while and the MQ is based on PowerBI 2.0 which is the cloud/azure version. Again another quote from the Gartner Article:
      “Microsoft continues to support the original Excel-based add-ins that made up the first Power BI release: Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View and Power Map. The Excel-based add-ins are positioned primarily for customers who need an on premises deployment (and become native in Office 2016). Power BI 2.x offers both desktop based authoring and browser-based authoring, with applications shared in the cloud.”
      You can use PowerBI against Hadoop using the Microsoft Hive ODBC driver



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