2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence

Gartner’s BI Magic Quadrant for 2017 shows some real progression and trends in the BI software landscape and reveals where the market is going.

These two Magic Quadrant graphics provide a good snapshot of the changes in the Business Intelligence software landscape. There is a real horse race happening between Microsoft, Tableau, and Qlik. The market leaders have changed several times over the last three years. But the consistent top three are the same.

Does this reflect a race to the bottom and ultimately complete maturation & commoditization of BI Software?

BI for all – or pervasive intelligence means smaller pure BI projects. So why do some BI projects experience lackluster results? If BI is indeed pervasive, then access to the source data needs to be as well. This means those sources must be improved with better access controls by roles, audit-ability, a structure for scale, and Q/A governance. BI projects that seek to address these critical data challenges will realize better results from those that don’t.