Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Gartner Slaps BI Vendor Birst for its Giddiness

Here is a copy of the e-mail that BI software vendor Birst sent out today, apologizing for an earlier communication that was not properly approved by industry analyst Gartner:

Dear Doug,
On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, you received an email from Wynn White on behalf of Birst promoting our inclusion in Gartner's 2013 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. That communication was not authorized by Gartner, nor was it in compliance with Gartner's Copyright and Quote Policy. Birst apologizes for this error. The following has been approved by Gartner.
Birst has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Challengers quadrant of the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. The report presents a global view of Gartner's opinion of software vendors that should be considered by organizations seeking to use business intelligence (BI) platforms. After evaluating 38 different BI and analytics software vendors on 15 functional areas, Gartner analysts placed Birst in the Challengers quadrant based primarily on completeness of vision and ability to execute.
What does this all mean? We're stoked to be named a Challenger.
Get your complimentary copy of the Gartner 2013 Business Intelligence and Analytics Magic Quadrant.
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Wynn White
Vice President, Marketing

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Birst. Gartner does not endorse any vendor; product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Who can blame Birst for its giddiness on being in the BI and Analytics Magic Quadrant? Congratulations to them on their success.  

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