Slideshow Top BI & Data Analytics Companies: The Leaders and Visionaries

  • February 11 2016, 6:24am EST
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Top BI & Data Analytics Companies: The Leaders and Visionaries

This week research firm Gartner released its highly-anticipated Magic Quadrant study, which evaluates the top firms and products in data analytics and business intelligence. In this two-part series, we look at the firms making the ‘Leader’ and ‘Visionary’ categories.


Only three firms were named to the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics 'Leaders' quadrant by Gartner this year. No firms were named to the 'Challengers' quadrant.

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Tableau Software

Tableau SoftwareLocation: Seattle, WAProducts: Highly interactive and intuitive data discovery products.Gartner’s take: “Tableau is one of three vendors positioned in the Leaders quadrant this year. Despite increased pressure in 2015 from a growing number of competitors, Tableau has continued to execute and expand in organizations and win net new business to maintain its growth rate.”


QlikLocation: Radnor, PAProducts: Governed data discovery and analytics from its two primary products, QlikView and Qlik Sense.Gartner’s take: “Qlik is positioned in the Leaders quadrant, driven by a robust product and high customer experience scores (based on an assessment of Qlik Sense). Its market execution has been tempered by confusion in the marketplace around QlikView and Qlik Sense.”

Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft Corp.Location: Redmond, WAProducts: Microsoft offers a broad range of BI and analytics capabilities, both on-premises and in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Gartner focused on Microsoft Power BI for the focus for this Magic Quadrant.Gartner’s take: “Microsoft has substantially lowered the price of Power BI — from its original $39.95 per user per month to $9.95 per user per month — making it one of the lowest-priced solutions on the market.”

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Ten firms were named to Gartner's Magic Quadrant 'Visionaries' category for 2016.


AlteryxLocation: Irvine, CAProducts: Alteryx offers a workflow-based platform for data blending as well as predictive, statistical and spatial analytic capabilities.Gartner’s take: “Alteryx's position at the top of the Visionaries quadrant is driven by solid sales execution, strong customer experience scores and its ability to capitalize on the rapidly expanding market need for more robust self-service data preparation capabilities to augment data discovery tools that are generally lacking in this area.”


SASLocation: Cary, NCProducts: SAS offers a range of BI and analytics capabilities.Gartner focused on SAS Visual Analytics for this Magic Quadrant, which is offered either in an on-premises deployment or through the cloud. Gartner’s take: “SAS is positioned high in the Visionaries quadrant this year. Its Completeness of Vision rating is primarily driven by its clear differentiation and product vision around combining embedded advanced analytics with data discovery on large datasets, coupled with a strong global presence and robust vertical industry expertise.”

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SAPLocation: Newtown Square, PAProducts: SAP offers a broad range of BI and analytics capabilities for both large IT-managed enterprise reporting deployments and business-user-driven data discovery deployments. Gartner’s take: “Companies often choose SAP as their enterprise BI standard, particularly if they also standardize on SAP for the enterprise data warehouse and ERP applications. SAP announced SAP Cloud for Analytics in 4Q15 — a new, purely cloud-based platform intended to deliver the full range of analytic capabilities, which includes planning, data discovery and predictive running on the SAP Hana Cloud Platform.”


MicroStrategyLocation: Tysons Corner, VAProducts: MicroStrategy Version 10 combines self-service data preparation, visual data discovery and big data exploration with enterprise BI.Gartner’s take: “MicroStrategy is positioned in the Visionaries quadrant because it has a strong product, a compelling product vision and innovation around enterprise-grade governed data discovery for large and complex data.”

Logi Analytics

Logi AnalyticsLocation: McLean, VAProducts: Logi Analytics' BI platform is composed of Logi Info, Logi Vision and DataHub. For this Magic Quadrant Gartner evaluated the combination of the three. Gartner’s take: “Logi Analytics is positioned in the Visionaries quadrant this year. Like other vendors, it was affected by the establishment of a new, modern BI and analytics platform definition — given its historical focus on embedded analytics for IT developers.”

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IBMLocation: Armonk, NYProducts: IBM accounts for a significant percentage of overall BI market with its large installed base of Cognos BI customers. Due to the firm’s shift in focus to business-user-centric platforms, for this Magic Quadrant Gartner focused on Watson Analytics.Gartner’s take: “IBM's position on the Magic Quadrant was significantly affected by our modernization of the BI and analytics platform definition this year, given its long-standing dependency on Cognos. As a result of the platform definition update, IBM is positioned in the middle of the Visionaries quadrant this year.”

ClearStory Data

ClearStory DataLocation: Menlo Park, CAProducts: ClearStory is a cloud-based and Spark-based platform enabling data access, data inference, data harmonization, data analysis, data visualization, data sharing, and insight collaboration.Gartner’s take: “ClearStory is positioned in the Visionaries quadrant for its debut in this Magic Quadrant, because it is innovating and delivering platform capabilities plus interactive business-oriented and collaborative storyboards that address business users' urgent, growing and insatiable thirst for insights from increasingly complex combinations of different types of data.”


PentahoLocation: Orlando, FLProducts: Pentaho is a subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). Its product focus are big data projects and the IoT, while still having a strong presence in the OEM and embedded BI market. Gartner’s take: “Pentaho is positioned in the Visionaries quadrant mainly due to an innovativepositioning on big data and the IoT analytics space. While most other vendors take the easy route of claiming big data support by accessing Hadoop through Hive, Pentaho offers native integration with technologies such as Hadoop, Spark, Cassandra or MongoDB, built-in access to R and the offering of an alternative machine learning solution — Weka.”

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TIBCO Software Inc.

TIBCO Software Inc.Location: Palo Alto, CAProducts: TIBCO Software was an early leader in the data discovery space with its acquisition of Spotfire. It has continued to expand its offerings to include advanced analytics and real-time and location intelligence, largely through acquisition.Gartner’s take: “TIBCO has maintained its status in the Visionaries quadrant due to the diversity of capabilities itprovides; yet its relative position within the quadrant reflects the reality of keeping pace in a rapidly evolving market.”


BeyondCoreLocation: San Mateo, CAProducts: BeyondCore Fundamentals offers descriptive and some diagnostic capabilities. BeyondCore Power offers a full range of analytic capabilities — from descriptive to predictive. BeyondCore Analyst for Office enables Microsoft users to leverage its capabilities from within Microsoft Office products.Gartner’s take: “BeyondCore is positioned in the lower half of the Visionaries quadrant. Its relatively low positioning along the Ability to Execute axis is based primarily on the fact that it does not yet have significant traction in the market, because product development and innovation has trumped sales and marketing in terms of investment allocation and focus to date.”