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Business Intelligence Tools Comparison: The Hidden Side of Gartner

Gartner has released a new version of their Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, and if you haven’t read it you can check it out here: Gartner 2013 Bussiness Intelligence Report.

This report is big business, and it's important to remember it drives 100's of millions in corporate Business Intelligence (BI) spending. And has a hidden side to it. Although Gartner stays well away from saying it, there is a definite favoritism shown for products from companies Gartner does business with (paying for space at events, etc). A quick look on Quora shows you exactly what that looks like: more time with business partners products and loosening of rules for inclusion.

That being said, the market research provided within the report is hands down the best available for free. Market size estimations and market trend analysis are particularly good. So if you're interested in it from that perspective it's very worthwhile. And with some of the knowledge about how it is built, you're ready to engage their content well.

But if you’re interested in the more specialized Data Discovery industry, feel free to check out our free Data Discovery Tools Roundup. It focuses squarely on the main players in the industry and tells you in plain language about their strengths and weaknesses.

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If you'd like to learn more about data discovery and what it is, we'd highly recommend reading Business Intelligence vs. Data Discovery

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