Below is a collection of reports published by leading independent analyst firms on, or including, Microsoft. Microsoft has secured all copyright and publishing privileges with the firms to include the reports on this site for all audiences. All reports were researched and funded by the analyst firms themselves.
Nov. 13, 2014
Gartner’s five digital workplace predictions highlight the major impact that consumerization and engagement trends will have on business, IT and workforce strategies. By 2018 the most transformational digital workplace productivity technologies (personal and group) will be available only in the cloud. If the business can benefit from rapid innovation cycles, begin planning a move to a cloud-based office suite.
Oct. 21, 2014
For the first time, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony. Gartner writes, “Telephony platforms are migrating to software-based solutions that are tightly integrated within a UC suite.” The report also notes, “Enterprises looking to upgrade legacy systems can use this research to decide whether to stay with an incumbent vendor or consider alternative suppliers.”
Oct. 17, 2014
Microsoft provides software, cloud services and hardware for computing, collaboration and gaming to enterprises and consumers. Microsoft’s transition to a ‘mobile first, cloud first’ strategy under new CEO Satya Nadella aspires to thought leadership commensurate with its strong market position.
Oct. 16, 2014
Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Leader, positioned furthest to the right for vision, in its Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. Gartner writes that the operational DBMS market continues to grow “with innovative products and features being delivered by both new and traditional vendors.”
Oct. 14, 2014
IT leaders know that with the end of extended support for Windows Server 2003 in less than a year, it is essential that all services move to supported environments before support lapses. Senior management or business department resistance to the migration may be overcome by a clear risk-based case.
Sept. 25, 2014
For the seventh consecutive year, Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management (ECM). According to Gartner, “The worldwide market for ECM software grew by 8.6% in 2013, to a revenue total of $5.1 billion, which indicates that ECM technologies continue to attract more users and deliver value to enterprises.” To meet the market’s needs, more ECM vendors are offering cloud-based environments, mobile interfaces and social capabilities.
Sept. 03, 2014
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace. Gartner writes, “Business benefits from using social software result from improved communications, the ability to influence behavior, and the opportunity to gain insights into specific activities around which social interaction occurs.” The report states that social software can be used in very purposeful ways to get work done, handle exceptions, and make decisions.
Aug. 22, 2014
Microsoft and salesforce.com have added IDaaS capabilities to their portfolios of platform services. These vendors’ IDaaS offerings may be compelling, particularly for their established customers. PaaS vendors will grow IDaaS market share more rapidly than pure-play IAM vendors.
Aug. 04, 2014
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications. Gartner writes “UC offers the ability to significantly improve how individuals, groups and companies interact and perform.” The report identifies five UC characteristics that will impact the success of a product and the satisfaction of users, including the user experience, mobility, interoperability, cloud and hybrid and broad solution appeal.
July 15, 2014
Both Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online are placed in the Leaders quadrant of the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation. Gartner cites integration with the Microsoft stack, usability (including a significantly improved user interface, significant reductions in mouse clicks and the process-centric user interface paradigm) and the broad partner delivery network as strengths for Microsoft and notes Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online’s “very aggressive” pricing as one the primary reasons users will shortlist the product.
July 03, 2014
Forrester Research, Inc.
This report evaluates Agile BI vendors and Microsoft was placed in the “Leaders” ripple along with Tibco, SAP, Qlik, Information Builders, SAS, Tableau and MicroStrategy. Microsoft received top scores for the features tech professionals need to enable business user BI self-service and capabilities to provision their own BI applications and data, as well as the effectiveness of its UI and ADV functionality. The report states, “Microsoft elevates its leading Agile BI capabilities to the cloud with Power BI”. Microsoft also received high client feedback scores for its product vision.
July 02, 2014
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders’ Quadrant for the fourth consecutive year, in its Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure. The x86 server virtualization infrastructure market is defined by organizations that are looking for solutions to virtualize applications from their x86 server hardware or OSs, reducing underutilized server hardware and associated hardware costs, and increasing flexibility in delivering the server capacity that applications need. The x86 server virtualization infrastructure market includes all x86-based workloads (that is, application, Web and database servers; hosted virtual desktops [HVDs]; and file, print and security servers) deployed on standard x86-based physical servers.
June 26, 2014
Microsoft is placed in the Leaders segment of this Wave, based on current offering and strategy. The report notes, “Microsoft’s single familiar user interface drives rapid adoption and utilization of its solution by information workers. The single integrated package of communications and conferencing capabilities delivered by the Lync client/server infrastructure in a web/XML paradigm makes it easy for developers to customize and build applications to complement Microsoft’s UC&C capabilities with industry- and role-specific capabilities from contact center to enterprise resource planning.”
June 20, 2014
Security analyst firm KuppingerCole places Microsoft as a leader in all four categories of Cloud User and Access Management, including overall leaders, product leaders, market leaders, and innovation leaders. KuppingerCole writes, “Overall we see Microsoft Azure AD as the offering to beat when it comes to Cloud User and Access Management.”
June 20, 2014
Forrester Research’s case study examines how Microsoft customer Red Robin employs Yammer, a social collaboration technology, to free the flow of information and knowledge within the company, improving its organizational agility. The report states, “Microsoft’s social technology empowers workers with the freedom to access, share, and use data and information, interact with peers who can help them do their jobs, and move about the physical workspace as needed. Forrester believes these capabilities are essential to business agility.”
June 17, 2014
Based on a survey of U.S. enterprise customers (500+ employees), the report finds 95% of the surveyed are currently conducting, plan to conduct or have completed trials of Lync and 89% of those included or will include enterprise voice in the trials. In addition, 79% said they are either currently deploying or planning to deploy Lync with enterprise voice beyond trials. The number one reason for deploying Lync with enterprise voice was a lower total cost of ownership (including hardware, software, service & support) than legacy PBX-based solutions.
June 05, 2014
Microsoft Office 365 + Yammer is a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Social Platforms, Q2 2014 based on current offering and strategy. Forrester analyst Rob Koplowitz notes in the report that “The Leaders all offer very mature and, more importantly, very complete offerings. In addition, each has differentiated in some critical area like integration with a broader portfolio or has provided an established partner marketplace. The end result in each case is a robust core product offering that extends the value through a broader ecosystem.” The report notes that “Office 365 shines when you require a full suite of capabilities in a cloud environment and desire integration and alignment with the broad Microsoft portfolio.”
May 19, 2014
Gartner rates Microsoft “positive” based on an evaluation of Project Server 2013. The report defines IT Project and Portfolio Management as “a discipline central to helping organizations realize strategy, develop core business capabilities, manage ongoing change and optimize IT project investments.”
May 14, 2014
This report describes how Microsoft is pivoting its Office portfolio to cloud-first deployment and delivery and how it is positioning itself to help businesses become more agile and responsive to customer needs. The report describes new Office 365 capabilities that were the focus of the 2014 SharePoint Conference, as well as points to the recent release of Office on the iPad as further evidence of the cloud pivot.
April 24, 2014
Microsoft Dynamics CRM is placed in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2014 Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute.
April 08, 2014
This IDC Insight discusses the opportunity for mobile enterprise applications to change more than just the way employees submit expense reports, check schedules, and access reports. While these high-volume transactions are important, mobilizing complex business processes, often performed by “blue collar” and service employees, may be more likely to have an impact on direct revenue and dramatically increase business process efficiency. At the Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 in Atlanta, March 4–7, some of these complex and high-value mobile applications were demonstrated.
March 07, 2014
Once again, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the data warehouse market. Gartner explains that “entering 2014, the hype around replacing the data warehouse gives way to the more sensible strategy of augmenting it. New competitors have arisen, leveraging big data and cloud, while traditional vendors have invested — which will force improved execution from new technology companies.”
Feb. 20, 2014
Once again, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the BI and analytics market. Gartner predicts that “by 2015, enterprise buyers of BI platforms will predominantly purchase platforms that support both strong and broad business-user-accessible data discovery capabilities and IT-driven enterprise features for data reuse, governance, security and scalability.”
Jan. 06, 2014
This report analyzes Forrester’s new TRUE brand compass data to determine which consumer technology brands are positioned to win the battle for mindshare and which aspects of a TRUE brand — being trusted, remarkable, unmistakable, and essential (TRUE) — drive that leadership. Microsoft was the only brand to achieve “trailblazer” status in consumer technology by delivering on key trust drivers such as having products and offerings that meet the needs of consumers, and providing a consistent shopping experience every time.
Dec. 18, 2013
Forrester Research, Inc. has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2013. Forrester analyst Boris Evelson notes in the report that “[what] differentiates the Leaders…[is] the completeness, comprehensiveness, and integration of the entire BI architectural stack. In addition to increasingly popular features like analytics, data visualization, dashboards, and data exploration, the Leaders also provide the pixel-perfect, industrial-strength report writers that companies still need.”
Dec. 09, 2013
Forrester Research, Inc. has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Data Warehouse, Q4 2013. Forrester notes that “vendors continue to innovate and enhance [EDWs’] real-time analytics, distributed in-memory, advanced compression, and scalable appliance features and its integration with Hadoop, data virtualization, and cloud to support new and emerging use cases.”
Nov. 21, 2013
Gartner rates Microsoft “positive” based on an evaluation of Visio. The report defines enterprise business process analysis (EBPA) as “the discipline of business modeling aimed at transforming and improving business performance, with an emphasis on cross-viewpoint, cross-functional analysis and strategic and operational process-related decision support.”
Oct. 16, 2013
Forrester Research, Inc.
This report provides an update on desktop and web-based office productivity tool adoption, plans to adopt cloud email and how firms manage major Microsoft Office upgrades. The data from the report was drawn from a survey of 155 IT decisions-makers.
Oct. 09, 2013
Gartner, Inc., Thomas J. Bittman
Gartner analyst Thomas Bittman advises clients what to consider when choosing the best hypervisor for different private and hybrid cloud scenarios, and discusses the evolution of the server virtualization market. According to Gartner, “The good news is this market, once dominated by a single vendor with the ability to charge anything it wanted, is now competitive. Take advantage of that.”
Oct. 01, 2013
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Visionaries quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony. Gartner writes that IT organizations must satisfy new requirements for voice and unified communications while staying within budget. The research aims to help IT personnel select the best vendors that meet short- and long-term objectives.
Sept. 24, 2013
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management. Gartner writes that ECM delivers solid business benefits to IT leaders as the market shows continued growth. The report evaluates 23 vendors who are addressing increased demands for better mobile and cloud capabilities, as well as more rigorous expectations for vertically specific needs.
Sept. 18, 2013
Microsoft SharePoint receives a “Good” product viability rating and Yammer receives an “Excellent” rating in Gartner’s report Critical Capabilities for Social Software in the Workplace. Gartner writes that the social software market has achieved widespread consensus about what the most common features are and roughly how they should work. Gartner also notes that, as the market matures, expectations for basic features have converged while vendors innovate with specialized functionality.
Sept. 13, 2013
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals. Gartner defines a portal as a Web software infrastructure that provides interaction with relevant information assets, (for example, information/content, applications and business processes), knowledge assets and human assets by select targeted audiences, delivered in a highly personalized manner. According to Gartner, the horizontal portal market is responding to the combined influences of mobile, social, cloud, big data and consumerization. Long-established vendors are broadening their offerings, and new players are increasingly exploiting alternative approaches in this established, but evolving market..
Sept. 11, 2013
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace. The report includes vendors whose software products are used primarily to support people working together in teams, communities or networks.
Sept. 01, 2013
Microsoft announced planned availability for the next release of Dynamics NAV, 2013 R2, for October 2013. Integration between Dynamics NAV, Office 365, and SharePoint will make it easier for users to work without disruption and drive greater productivity. Microsoft also announced more cloud deployment options and management capabilities. Between now and October, Microsoft’s guidance on which cloud options make the most sense for whom would help both partners and customers.
Sept. 01, 2013
Nucleus Research has positioned Microsoft Dynamics CRM in the Leaders Quadrant of the Nucleus Research CRM Technology Value Matrix for H2 2013 based on its usability and functionality.
Aug. 09, 2013
Microsoft receives an overall ‘Positive’ rating in the latest Vendor Rating report published on August 8, 2013. Gartner Vendor Ratings assess all the different aspects of a technology provider, such as its strategy, organization, products, technology, marketing, financials and support. Gartner evaluated Microsoft in 37 different subcategories covering the entire scope of Microsoft’s business.
Aug. 01, 2013
Gartner’s evaluation placed Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant. Gartner notes “UC offers the ability to significantly improve how individuals, groups and companies interact and perform.”
July 17, 2013
Gartner, Inc., Robert P. Desisto & Patrick Stakenas
Gartner has positioned Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute.
July 10, 2013
This report compares survey results of IT & Business leaders involved with Microsoft Lync between this year and last. The report found only 7% of Enterprises surveyed had “no plans” to deploy Microsoft Lync for Enterprise voice, compared to 21% one year ago. 76% of surveyed enterprises stated their Microsoft Lync trials include Enterprise Voice. More than half of enterprises surveyed had either begun to deploy Lync EV or planned to do so. Finally, one quarter of enterprises surveyed listed Microsoft as their preferred vendor for IP-PBXs.
July 03, 2013
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways. According to Gartner, the secure email gateway market is mature and buyers should focus on strategic vendors, data loss prevention capability encryption and better protection from targeted phishing attacks. In the report, Gartner evaluates 16 SEG solutions vendors.
June 14, 2013
Forrester Research, Inc., John R. Rymer and James Staten
Public cloud platforms are the keys that unlock the flexibility, productivity, and economic advantages of cloud computing. Application development and delivery (AD&D) pros use a wide variety of public cloud platforms, and this Forrester Wave™ evaluates the leading providers of these choices. Public cloud platforms take several forms, including basic infrastructure-as-a-service platforms as well as either full or partial platform services and tools. Each of these types of platforms is best suited to a distinct type of AD&D pro. In Forrester’s 19-criteria evaluation of public cloud vendors, it identified the 14 most significant public cloud platform providers for large enterprises — Amazon Web Services (AWS), CloudBees, Cordys, Engine Yard, GoGrid, Google, IBM, Mendix, Microsoft (Windows Azure), MioSoft, Rackspace, salesforce.com, SoftLayer, and Verizon Terremark. This report details how well each vendor fulfills Forrester criteria and where each stands in relation to its competitors for the three major categories of AD&D professionals to help developers select the right partner for their public cloud deployments.
April 27, 2013
In February 2013, Microsoft moved its Office 365 cloud platform from the 2010 wave of Office products to the 2013 wave, initiating a different release cycle for cloud and on-premises versions. In this report, Gartner examines the implications for IT leaders and the future of Office 365.
April 26, 2013
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Search. According to Gartner, the enterprise search market is being reshaped by new consumer experiences and shifts in vendors’ strategies. Gartner compares 15 vendors to help search managers and information architects make the right choice.
April 09, 2013
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools. According to Gartner, the client management tool market is maturing and evolving to adapt to consumerization, desktop virtualization, and an ongoing need to improve efficiency and lower PC total cost of ownership. These tools will continue to broaden their support of client platforms and application delivery models.
April 03, 2013
This Gartner report discusses how “preference of smartphones for business and personal use, coupled with mobile clients from unified communications suppliers, enables office users to manage communications with their mobile phones in place of a desk phone. IT leaders must plan for a seamless transition.” The report provides recommendations on how to proceed.
Feb. 07, 2013
Forrester Research, Inc.
Forrester Research positioned Microsoft Dynamics for Retail as a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Point Of Service, Q2 2012. Forrester Research evaluated 11 significant solution providers offering point of service solutions. This report details their findings on how each vendor measures up and plots where they stand in relation to each other to help application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals select the right solution for their needs in implementing large-scale point-of-service systems.
Feb. 05, 2013
Once again, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the BI and analytics market. The market for BI and analytics platforms will remain one of the fastest growing software markets, with a compound annual growth rate of 7% through 2016. Gartner also predicts that the emerging data-as-a-service trend could significantly grow the market for BI and analytics platforms.
Jan. 31, 2013
Once again, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the data warehouse DBMS market. The data warehouse DBMS market is transforming due to the rise of “big data” and logical data warehouses. Gartner expects the DBMS market to have grown by about 10% in 2012, despite the troubled economic situation. This underlines the investment organizations are making in information management technologies.
Jan. 30, 2013
Forrester Research, Inc.
Forrester Research provides an overview of the new Office. In this independent report, Forrester analysts focus on how Microsoft addresses the important areas of mobile, social, and cloud to maintain its dominant position in enterprise knowledge worker technology.
Jan. 03, 2013
Gartner’s 2013 manufacturing agenda explores topics such as innovation and discovery, creating organizational agility, reaching customers through marketing and sales, product life cycle management, and engagement with consumers and channels. Their planned research for 2013 will feature extensions for life sciences, consumer goods and automotive industries, as well as address issues common to many manufacturing sectors. Their research will be driven by the most impactful trends and forces driving manufacturing, and the more detailed subsectors that are covered.
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