In September, I posted Microsoft’s Portfolio – a Formidable Mix, with a perspective on several dozen Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft offerings. As Gartner’s Vendor Lead, I’m a mandatory peer reviewer for those and other documents. For my own edification, I decide to map the Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft onto a quadrant-style picture that shows where Microsoft appears in that piece of research. The results are updated in this post and I’ve made a few changes. I’ve bolded the MQs published since July, and noted any changes in quadrant they appear in with arrows.
For Microsoft, the news was pretty good in Q414 – in 3 categories, Microsoft’s positioning on the Execution axis has improved. Enterprise Information Archiving, Integrated Marketing Management and Corporate Telephony all moved up, with the latter entering the Leaders quadrant.
The value of this periodic refresh seems pretty clear, and by mid-next year, we should have a much clearer view of the progress being made as Satya Nadella drives both vision and execution for one of the world’s largest and most complex organizations. I’ll continue to do quarterly updates.