I stopped comparing DV (Data Visualization) products in 2012, when Qliktech stopped updating Qlikview. Since popularity of this blog started with that comparison, visitors kept asking me, especially when Gartner releases its Magic Quadrant (see generic MQ description here:

http://www.gartner.com/technology/research/methodologies/research_mq.jsp

GenericMQ

for BI every February of every year). MQ idea is obviously damn, because you cannot fit multi-dimensional relationship into 2-dimensional space.

However 2016 Gardner Report here:

https://www.gartner.com/doc/reprints?id=1-2XXET8P&ct=160204&st=sb

contains a lot of ”useful” info, like list of competitors and factors defining their positions on market. Gartner finally removed Spotfire, IBM, SAS, SAP and Microstrategy for the list of Leaders, leaving among leaders only 3 – obvious one (Tableau, especially Tableau 10), buzzword-rich Microsoft (PowerBI) and losing QLIK (Qlik Sense will not save it). To express my opinion, I simply reshuffle all competitors and placed them in order obvious to me (X – functionality, Y – “ability to execute”, color – the ease to use, size is popularity; I also included D3 but I am not comparing it!):

Data Visualization Leaders, Visionaries, Challengers and Niche Players

I found more useful for me the Gartner’s Analysis of Ownership cost of BI Platform:

https://www.gartner.com/doc/reprints?id=1-312NMXM&ct=160315&st=sb

Also if you interested to review historical changes in “MQ”, see this:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/kasper7429#!/vizhome/GartnerBIAnalyticsQuadrant2016/MagicQuadrant

and here:

http://blog.atscale.com/gartner-magic-quadrant-for-business-intelligence-bi-2016-the-good-the-bad-the-ugly

Update for April 2016: vendor’s inclusion into Gartner’s MQ may decrease vendor’s market capitalization.