Gartner has released its 2017 Magic Quadrant and Microsoft has delivered the most improved performance in terms of ability to execute and completeness of vision, firmly establishing itself as a leader in Gartner quadrant.
Gartner justifies the position stating Microsoft is “placing downward pricing pressure on the BI and analytics market.” It notes that a Power BI license is one-third the cost of a license for other tools, and 80% lower than other cloud offerings. The software also scores well in the ease-of-use and complexity of analysis categories. Gartner also lauded PowerBI’s capability to manipulate data from multiple data sources, such as Hadoop and relational databases residing in the cloud or on-prem.
Gartner has predicted a rosy future for cloud BI and analytics “Gartner expects the majority of new licensing buying to be for cloud deployments by 2020, although, at present, on-premise is the dominant mode,” it said.
Additionally they have predicted “By 2020, natural-language generation and artificial intelligence will be a standard feature of 90% of modern BI platforms.” If this becomes true, Microsoft will only further its lead given its investment in these two areas within the PowerBI solution and outside it.
“Microsoft is positioned in the Leaders quadrant again this year, with continued strong uptake of Power BI, accelerated customer interest and adoption, and a clear and visionary product roadmap that includes vertical industry content.”
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