Navigating the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

The Gartner 2015 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms report is out. An important aspect of this report is the Magic Quadrant, which shows the relative position of each competitor in the business analytics space.

I have received over six emails from Vendors all claiming to be winners / leaders in one category or another. Not a surprise given that the Magic Quadrant generates as much excitement as controversy.

The Gartner Quadrant contains a wealth of information to assist buyers in identifying key requirements, functionality, use cases and how well leading BI vendors meet them. Buyers should evaluate vendors in all four quadrants,  and not assume that only the Leaders can deliver successful BI implementations. The devil is in the details, and as much as the magic quadrant is useful to compare vendors, it is only a two dimensional model.

For customers looking for self-serve data discovery and analytics, Tableau is the 3rd year leader in the ability to execute followed by Qlik. Traditional BI vendors, such sa SAS, IBM and Microsoft, offer a one stop shop but are playing catch-up with the data discovery suppliers. Furthermore, buyers are demanding nimble and agile implementations not often associated with traditional BI vendors.

If you are overwhelmed by the complexity of this landscape then get in touch. We have experience in all the leading solutions and have helped many clients over the years to identify their requirements, define the required set of tools, undertake proof of concept, and roll-out their chosen solution.  Read more about our list of services.

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Gartner Magic Quadrant

World Cup 2014 – Fooled by Statistics

We’ve been inundated with statistics this World Cup but can we predict the outcome? In this blog, we examine the stats published by FIFA covering age, caps, goals, and league by player.

Spain, the winner of the 2010 World Cup, had all the stats in its favour, reinforced by experience as shown in the team’s overall number of international caps. They stood at 1,375 caps, 243 more than second placed Uruguay (33.32 on average). Their total number of goals is 217 (short second after Germany) and way more than third place Netherlands (161 goals). Spain’s average age is 27.78 consistent in close proximity to the qualifying teams’ average.

England’s relatively new squad has a low-ish 626 overall caps (27 on average) and average age 26.13 (below the average). Total goals is 113 (above average), way below the top teams such as Spain and Germany but surprisingly higher than Brazil’s 107 goals. Klose’s 68 international goals and Lukas Podolski’s impressive 46 give them more goals than all of England’s squad combined.

Based on these statistics, many a betting man likely put his money on Spain and some of the other top teams such as Germany, Italy and Brazil. In reality, Spain, Italy, and England spectacularly crashed out of the world cup in the first round.

Is it that we’ve been fooled by a small set of statistics? Should anyone wanting to predict the outcome have taken more factors into account such as weather and diet? Or is unpredictability unavoidable and that’s what makes football so exciting?

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