In December 2014, I posted Microsoft’s Product Positions – Positive Progress, updating my quarterly map of the several dozen Gartner Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft offerings. Welcome to the New Year. The progress I identified then has continued through Q1, as another product improved its position in a refresh (Advanced Analytic Platforms), and another (Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service) was added to the March chart shown below as a Visionary offering. Note that the reports shown in bold have been refreshed in the past 6 months; the one italics is appearing for the first time.
Not everything Microsoft offers always shows up in Magic Quadrant research. For example, Microsoft Identity Manager was considered for potential inclusion in an MQ on Identity Governance and Administration and was not included because it does not have all the capabilities that our definition expects, though Gartner will closely monitor it in future IGA Magic Quadrants. But it’s clear that progress continues to be visible, and the next couple of quarters should sharpen our picture of where it is happening.
From feedback I’ve received, the value of this periodic refresh seems pretty clear, and I’ll continue to track the progress being made as Satya Nadella’s vision is increasingly reflected in execution (or not) for one of the world’s largest and most complex organizations seems useful. I welcome your comments.