Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner is one of the worlds leading IT research and Advisory Company, which publishes Magic Quadrant for BI & Analytics Platform. This provides a graphical positioning of technology providers, which helps organisations to understand the future trend and provide an outlook on tools & technologies for BI & Analytics domain.

Tableau has made the consecutive Fifth appearance in leader quadrant accompanied by Microsoft (Power BI suite) and Qlik (QlikSense & QlikView). We will be focusing our discussion on tools & Technologies who made to the magic quadrant.


With it's easy to access, prepare and analyse data without coding and highly interactive and User-friendly visual based exploration, Tableau is offering an Advanced BI capabilities to Business users.

Flexible Deployment options across Server & Cloud along with "Land-and-expand" business strategy helping tableau for larger across enterprise deployments.

Tableau scored slightly ahead on Overall Execution when compared to Microsoft. However, Cost & competitions from other technology providers are main factors for slow growth.

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI Suite, delivered through Azure cloud offers BI and Analytics capabilities to its User. Power BI Desktop with its single Data Prep, discovery and Dashboard designing which can be deployed on Desktop and on-premises option for individual users.

Power BI remains one of the lowest price solutions available in the market. as per Gartner Report- “On an annualised basis, Microsoft Power BI is roughly one-third of the license cost of a three-year perpetual BI license, but 80% lower than other cloud BI products.”

Apart from cost, ease of use and data manipulation from foray of data sources (cloud based & on-premises, relational, semi-structured, Hadoop-based) also helped Power BI to make its presence in leader quadrant for this year (2017) also.

However, Power BI still needs to address few issues.

Weak functionality or No functionality still remains a concern. Also, Scale-up options across Cloud & On-premises are not consistent. Apart from this handling large data volumes is also one of the biggest concerns, reported by Microsoft’s reference customers.


QlikSense and QlikView provide the ability of governed data discovery. This year also Qlik has made to Leaders quadrant but it ranked low on ability to execute and completeness of vision with other Magic Quadrant Tools.

In-memory engine and associative search & analytics are some of the differentiating factors for Qlik. Steady user base, strong partner network and above average customer experience has helped them to stay in Leader Quadrant.

Here is the list of Tools & Technologies who have made their appearances in Gartner’s Report for last 5 years:

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