Microsoft has kept its grip on top position in the annual Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and BI Platforms.

Gartner says Microsoft has a comprehensive and visionary product roadmap and massive market reach through its Microsoft Office channel.

“Microsoft offers data preparation, visual-based data discovery, interactive dashboards and augmented analytics in Power BI. It is available as a SaaS option running in the Azure cloud or as an on-premises option in Power BI Report Server. Power BI Desktop can be used as a stand-alone, free personal analysis tool. Installation of Power BI Desktop is required when power users are authoring complex data mashups involving on-premises data sources.”

Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Analytics and BI platforms

Gartner also noted the continuing development of Microsoft’s tools:

“Microsoft releases a weekly update to its cloud service, which added hundreds of features in 2019. Recent additions include decomposition tree visuals, LinkedIn data connectivity and geographic mapping enhancements.”

Hot on the heels of Microsoft is Tableau, with Qlik and Thoughtspot also claiming spots in the prestigious top-right corner of the Magic Quadrant.

All in all, there’s not a whole lot of movement since last year’s Magic Quadrant, shown below:

Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Analytics and BI platforms

Gartner’s Strategic Planning Assumptions include:

  • By 2022, augmented analytics technology will be ubiquitous, but only 10% of analysts will use its full potential.
  • By 2022, 40% of machine learning model development and scoring will be done in products that do not have machine learning as their primary goal.
  • By 2023, 90% of the world’s top 500 companies will have converged analytics governance into broader data and analytics governance initiatives.

Read highlights of the Gartner Magic Quadrant assessments for each vendor.