Organizations seeking to stay ahead of the competition recognize the importance of investing in analytics and visualization tools to deliver insights from their data. They need a modern, powerful business intelligence (BI) platform that will stand up as an industry leader and a vision that will meet the needs of tomorrow.
Industry analysts have taken note of our efforts and we are excited to share Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a Leader, for the ninth consecutive year, in the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. For the first time, Microsoft is placed furthest in vision within the Leaders quadrant.
"The evolution and sophistication of the self-service data preparation and data discovery capabilities in the market have shifted the focus of buyers in the BI and analytics market -- toward easy-to-use tools that support a full range of analytic workflow capabilities and do not require significant involvement from IT to predefine data models up front as a prerequisite to analysis," Gartner said in its report. "This significant shift has accelerated dramatically in recent years and has finally reached a tipping point that requires a new perspective on the BI and analytics Magic Quadrant and underlying BI platform definition -- to better align with the rapidly evolving buyer and seller dynamics in this complex market."
Ian Littlejohn worked as a Management Consultant for 15 years and is passionate about teaching business people to analyze data and understand business data.