Saturday, February 5, 2011

Free Copy of 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence

QlikTech, the new darling of BI software, is offering you a free download of the 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence. You can request a copy at their website.

Gartner was very positive about QlikTech's QlikView BI product and moved the company into the Leader's Quadrant. Whichever mega-vendors are considering acquiring QlikTech, they realize that the price tag just went up.


There are several BI newcomers to the vendor list, such as Bitam, Corda Technologies, and Salient Management Company. Thanks to a change in rules (Gartner lowered the requirement for the number of customer survey responses from thirty to twenty), Actuate, Panorama, and Jaspersoft were included in the report.

Although Pentaho met the requirements for survey responses, the open-source BI vendor failed to meet a minimum $15 million revenue threshold.

According to Gartner, the clear BI leaders are Microsoft, Oracle, MicroStrategy, and IBM (Cognos). In that Leader quadrant but closer to the line of other classifications are Information Builders (WebFOCUS), SAS, QlikTech (QlikView), and SAP (Business Objects).

There are no Visionaries in the MQ. Gartner lists two Challengers to the Leaders: Tableau and Tibco Software (Spotfire). The other ten vendors land in the Niche player box.

Be sure to take up QlikTech on their offer for a free download of the 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant BI report. 

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I have been blessed to work with innovators from firms such as: Ford, FedEx, Procter & Gamble, Nationwide, The Wendy's Company, The Kroger Co., JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Siemens, American Express, and others.

I was educated at Valparaiso University and the University of Cincinnati, where I graduated summa cum laude. In 1990, I joined Information Builders and for over a dozen years served in regional pre- and post-sales technical leadership roles. Also, for several years I led the US technical services teams within Cincom Systems' ERP software product group and the Midwest custom software services arm of Xerox.

Since 2007, I have provided enterprise BI services such as: strategic advice; architecture, design, and software application development of intelligence systems (interactive dashboards and mobile); data warehousing; and automated modernization of legacy reporting. My experience with BI products include WebFOCUS (vendor certified expert), R, SAP Business Objects (WebI, Crystal Reports), Tableau, and others.