Long time Dashboard Spy readers know that the “Spy” is the go-to guy for finding hard-to-locate business intelligence resources.

Many of you have been clamoring for a copy of the 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms.

Well here you go. Download it straight from here (no sign up or fee required – enjoy, this 52 page PDF is a major find!)

2011 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence

Here is the magic quadrant:

2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms

Note that in the upper right quadrant we have Microsoft, Oracle, MicroStrategy, IBM, SAS, QlikTech and SAP.

From the Gartner paper:

In 2010, business users had greater influence over BI buying, often choosing data discovery vendors as an alternative to traditional BI tools. But megavendors continued to hold the majority of BI market share, despite ongoing customer dissatisfaction, by selling the stack into their installed base.

The demand side of the BI platform market in 2010 was defined by an intensified struggle between business users’ need for ease of use and flexibility on the one hand, and IT’s need for standards and control on the other. With “ease of use” now surpassing “functionality” for the first time as the dominant BI platform buying criterion in research conducted for this report, vocal, demanding and influential business users are increasingly driving BI purchasing decisions, most often choosing easier to use data discovery tools (see “The Rise of Data Discovery Tools”) over traditional BI platforms — with or without IT’s consent. Yet, despite accelerated data discovery vendor momentum and reports of chronic post-acquisition megavendor customer dissatisfaction, megavendors continue to control the majority share of BI platform market revenue.

In particular, some are succeeding at selling into their expansive installed bases by promising major new releases featuring tighter enterprise application process integration, while others are stressing vertical integration within their information infrastructure stacks. At the same time, many independent vendors continue to drive innovation and show resilience with loyal and satisfied customers and fit with heterogeneous processes despite unfounded post-consolidation market speculation of their imminent death. Given market polarization and paradoxes, it is necessary to consider a number of factors now driving the BI platform market and the buying decisions within that market.

Definitely an interesting business intelligence read. Check it out. Good stuff.

The Dashboard Spy