IBM - Another year of recognized leadership in the Gartner Magic Quadrant

Director of Offering Management, IBM Analytics, IBM

Gartner has published their latest iteration of the Data Warehousing DBMS Magic Quadrant (MQ) – a report in which IBM has been in the Leader quadrant since the very first MQ issued in June 2001.

I have been blogging for most of past year about our business being in an evolution.  It’s becoming increasingly difficult to separate out the different analytical structures of the entire ecosystem.  This makes things even more difficult for the analysts to evaluate vendors in specific areas such as data warehousing without taking other offerings such as Big Data into consideration

"The data warehouse DBMS market is undergoing a transformation with the introduction of "big data" and the logical data warehouse demand for new techniques in practices and technology."

In fact Gartner was faced with that challenge in this year's Magic Quadrant. This year, Gartner has represented this evolution to make room for Big Data – therefore resetting all the vendors down and to the left from the previous year.

At IBM we also believe that the data warehouse world is evolving due to the high demand for more advanced analytics and the velocity, volume and variety of data from numerous devices.  This year's MQ demonstrates that Gartner is also looking at this movement and we hope further for changes to the overall MQ process going forward to better reflect big shifts in our industry such as Big Data

Here are a few highlights from the report

  • IBM remains - as we have from the first Data Warehouse MQ (2001) - in the leader’s quadrant and we continue to close the competitive gap year on year.
  • Gartner acknowledges in their write up that changes in the industry indicate a growth opportunity for appliances.  Appliances have been the core growth of our own business, as evident from our recent earning report and a statement  from Mark Loughridge in the second week of January this year on our Q4 earnings

    "Information Management grew 9 percent and again gained share. Our Distributed Database group grew double digits, led by strong performances from our Netezza offerings, which were up nearly 70 percent. This appliance complements and extends our business analytics portfolio with a rapidly deployed, low-cost-of-ownership solution for high-performance queries and analytics. For the quarter, almost one-third of the transactions were with new Netezza clients. Since acquiring Netezza, IBM has expanded its customer base by over 40 percent. And when we go head-to-head against competition in Proof of Concepts, we had a win rate of over 80 percent this quarter."

  • IBM is clearly ahead of the curve.  Early last year IBM introduced the idea of “Smart Consolidation” to Gartner as a representation of our viewpoint on the evolution of the data warehouse architecture to be more optimized, simplified and ready for Big Data. Gartner introduced a similar point of view they refer to as the “Logical Data Warehouse”.  While Gartner feels it’s still early in the game for this change, we believe it is a true competitive advantage for IBM. Why?  Because only IBM can offer the optimized appliances, tooling, Big Data solution and data integration tools that help customers evolve to more advanced analytics.
  • Gartner likes our Smart Consolidation Strategy as well as some of the tools we will bring to market to support this strategy.  Gartner recognizes that considerable thought and integration is going into enabling Smart Consolidation for our customers. 

     “…rather than developing tooling in isolation, IBM focused on tooling that existed in its Information Integration portfolio (Blue Print)”

    It's important to note that while Gartner continues to note that the “LDW” may be slow to adopt, Smart Consolidation is something our customers can take advantage of today with solutions from across our warehouse portfolio.   For example, a customer can build their operational business intelligence with Smart Analytics and leverage Netezza for quick deployment of deep analytics.  If they are a System z customer, they can leverage the best of both worlds with the DB2 Accelerator (IDAA) which gives them the performance of Netezza without moving the data off their System z.

In summary, our leadership position remains strong as it has from the first Magic Quadrant in 2001.  IBM continues to be ahead of the curve in thought leadership, vision and our ability to execute.  This is evident in our earnings, our growth and our continued investments to increase our customer’s capabilities to leverage analytics and information. We are uniquely positioned with far more product maturity in the areas of Big Data and Data Integration than any of our competitors.

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