2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant Released (aka Smuggled)

It’s that time of year again; the Gartner Magic BI Quadrant is out. Like children expectantly awaiting Christmas the BI vendors await its publication; where will they be, will they be up, down, left or right, will they have been dropped altogether!!! Personally I don’t give this piece of ‘Magic’ (am I missing the ‘Magic’; does it do something amazing if you look at it under UV light or at 19:36 on a moonlit night?) much credence and feel it carries far too much weight in forming opinion within the industry but I guess people need some sort of guidance to navigate the BI space.

Anyhue; I’ve done my usual thing and created a version of the Magic Quadrant in Qlikview and generated the displayed images; I’ll post the entire application as soon as access allows. I’ve also included data for the previous 4 Magic Quadrants that allows us to see how various vendors have moved overtime, the QlikTech track is attached.

The 2012 data is taken from the below photo smuggled out of this weeks  ‘Gartner 2012 Business Intelligence Summit’ (‘Summit’ – really?) in London but I expect the official report to be released (and spun by every vendor) in the coming days.

It will be interesting to see what QlikTech’s take on it is…no doubt there’ll be a Blog post from Erica Driver shortly (http://community.qlikview.com/blogs).

UPDATE: You can view the report via Qlikview.com here :http://www.qlikview.com/us/explore/resources/analyst-reports/gartner-research-report-2012-business-intelligence-platform-magic-quadrant?ga-link=hero

UPDATE: You can download the magic Quadrant app here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BxloTMUod74tZjM0YzI5MTUtNjYwYi00MmJhLWI3YjUtYzQ0MGVkOTYyN2Uw

All the best,


5 Responses to “2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant Released (aka Smuggled)”
  1. Jason Michaelides says:

    Hi Matt,

    I think people do indeed need some kind of measure to compare vendors/products and this is as good as any. If QlikTech place any stock in the results (and I think they do) then this should be a well-needed wake-up call. They are getting ever better at implementations (I agree with that – it’s the easiest tool to get up and running I’ve ever worked with), but the v10 updates were disappointing in terms of enhanced functionality and a much-needed object overhaul – or “Vision” as defined above. So here is the industry officially saying – “you’ve gone backwards in executing your vision.” If QT take note – it’s a good thing for all of us.


    • qvdesign says:


      I agree that people in the market (both Users and Vendors) need something like the Quadrant but it would be good if the other sector reports were given as many column inches (I realise the irony of me giving it even more here!).

      I do wholeheartedly agree that the version 10 (& 11) upgrades were on the whole disappointing and that Qlikview is woefully lacking on basic visuals – what was aceptable in 2008 is now falling behind the other players in the space. I understand the fact that Qliktech may well have limited development resources and have to focus on certain areas such as ‘Mobile BI’ and Server Performance but in my opinion they’re ignoring the front end at their peril.

      I’ve got my fingers crossed for version 12, I’ve seen a few things lately (such as the dashboard in my previous post) that suggest they’re finally waking up to the importance of aesthetics.

      All the best,


  2. iSam says:

    Hi Matt,

    I can’t seem to download the link to the app. Could you please check if the link is not broken?



  3. visualign says:

    Interesting how several independent consultants have the same idea to visualize multiple years of MQ data in one interactive chart. This clearly provides more insight than each Year’s static snapshot. I did the same a few days ago using Tableau Public here:


    What surprises me is that Gartner doesn’t start using this technique themselves. They also don’t release the x,y coordinates for some reason – leaving us to screen-scrape from the published charts or in your case even earlier from the smuggled photo. It’s as if they publish it, but still want it to be a secret? They also say that due to subtle changes in how they evaluate vendors they don’t support year over year comparisons. There is, after all, some Magic going on in the MQ.

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