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Timely Product Insights: Microsoft Power BI, SAS Visual Analytics, and More

by Cindi Howson  |  August 10, 2017  |  Submit a Comment

Hi! Remember my New Year’s resolution, and reference to a vague goal I couldn’t tell you about in January? It is that Gartner is officially piloting more frequent updates to the Critical Capabilities notes, aka, product strengths and weaknesses. Woo hoo!

I am so excited about this, and it has been a multi-year initiative to launch. If you are in the BI and analytics space, you know our team has been publishing several mid-year notes with updated product scores, strengths, and weaknesses to give you timely insights. However, these notes were not automatically linked to the master Critical Capabilities document, and they were only for major new releases.  As of this month, our updates are now linked to the master document so you can find all the related updates in one place.  We also expect to be able to update the master scoring table in the interactive version later this year, which further allows us to get you timely insights.  In the last few weeks, we have published updates on Microsoft Power BI and SAS Visual Analytics on Viya. We expect to soon have additional insights on Qlik Sense 3.x (June release) and SAP Lumira 2.0.

Critical Capabilities BI and Analytics Updates

The pilot for more frequent updates to the Critical Capabilities notes will also extend to other markets, initially Database Management Solutions for Analytics, Cloud Core Financial Management Suites, Financial and Strategic Corporate Performance Management Solutions, and Procure-to-Pay Suites. (Note: if you are a vendor in one of these spaces, you can find more information on vendor communications about this pilot here. )

We know that these timely updates are most important in markets with frequent software releases, business unit buying, and low switching costs. That’s BI and analytics for sure, but perhaps not all markets for which we have Critical Capabilities. While we have been able to share timely insights with you in inquiry calls, it’s new that we can deliver them in more frequent updates to research notes. I hope you are as excited as I am. As this is just a pilot, we need your feedback. How important is this to you? Also, we have provided special formatting of changed text so you can scan the net new changes. Is that helpful or distracting?

Let us know what you think, and if you read these updated notes, please do consider rating them. It’s how we know if the pilot becomes permanent or not! If you also want to be notified when these updates publish, I highly recommend you create a Track Alert either by vendors you are tracking or for the respective Critical Capabilities.

Other must read notes we recently published:

Survey Analysis: Customers Rate Their BI and Analytics Platform Experience, 2017

Augmented Analytics Is the Future of Data and Analytics

Other Vendors to Consider for Modern BI and Analytics


Happy reading and happy summer!


Cindi Howson








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Cindi Howson
Research VP
1 years at Gartner
25 years IT Industry

Cindi Howson is a Research Vice President at Gartner, where she focuses on business intelligence (BI) and analytics. Her work includes writing about market trends, vendors and best practices and advising organizations on these subjects. Read Full Bio

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