Gartner Cognos BI

Gartner recently released their latest Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics report which always peaks interest amongst BI professionals, including me.

Like many, I skipped the summary and went straight for that scatter chart that is instantly recognisable to anyone within BI. I focused in on the leaders quad to find 3 vendors; Microsoft, Tableau and Qlik. A little bewildered I thought to myself “Where is my beloved IBM?” and “Where is Oracle?!”

What has Gartner changed?

Gartner Magic Quadrant Cognos IBM

There have been some big changes in this year’s Magic Quadrant and all is explained in the detail of the report. This year any BI and Analytics platforms not considered modern went into a ‘Market Guide for Enterprise Reporting Based Platforms’, which covers production reporting, IT authored dashboards, OLAP and more.

This year Gartner have boldly decided to divide BI platforms into business-led self-service platforms and IT-centric report-based platforms.


“The BI and analytics platform market’s multiyear shift from IT-led enterprise reporting to business-led self-service analytics has passed the tipping point.” – Gartner


The new criteria means that only a fragment of the big vendors offerings are included. Unexpectedly there is no contribution from Oracle in the ‘Modern BI’ classification.

Further reading into the report under the IBM section shows that Gartner haven’t included Cognos BI in this year’s evaluation of BI, which is a little bemusing. Their evaluation is based on Watson Analytics, a cloud based solution that’s still maturing – see more here.

Once I had calmed down and considered the BI marketplace and how it’s changing, Is this is a good thing? Can it be beneficial for organisations where Qlikview and Cognos BI can work in harmony, self-service and enterprise? Maybe.

My thoughts are that with the introduction of Cognos Analytics and Oracle’s Big Data Discovery, next year’s quadrant will look very different.


April 1, 2016