Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 13, 2007 — Gartner Inc. has positioned Microsoft Corp., a leading provider of business process management (BPM) software, in the “Leaders” quadrant in its 2007 Magic Quadrant for Business Process Analysis (BPA) Tools, 2H07-1H08 report.1 The report evaluates services and products that include Microsoft® Office Visio® 2007.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for BPA Tools examines how business process analysis tools continue to grow in importance as business managers, process architects and process analysts seek to better capture, understand, streamline and automate their business processes. Gartner also underscored that BPA is increasingly used for compliance and process improvement initiatives. For business process (BP) improvement, BPA is the key link between business activity monitoring and workflow assembly and business orchestration.

“As businesses look more and more to process improvements as a core driver of growth and profitability, they made it clear that they want an easier way to analyze their processes, many of which are already captured in Office Visio 2007 diagrams,” said Richard Wolf, general manager of the Office Graphics Division at Microsoft. “This led us to focus Office Visio 2007 on integrating and displaying process, system and activity data directly in Office Visio 2007 diagrams for easier exploration and understanding.”

Office Visio 2007 makes it easy for IT and business professionals to visualize, explore and communicate complex information. Through the ability of Office Visio 2007 to graphically show data from multiple sources within diagrams, users can finally see process information within its context, resulting in an easier way to streamline business processes, track projects and resources, chart organizations, map networks, diagram building sites and optimize systems. Instead of static pictures, users can create data-connected Office Visio 2007diagrams that display data, are easy to refresh and can dramatically increase productivity.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2007 by Gartner Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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“Magic Quadrant for Business Process Analysis (BPA) Tools, 2H07-1H08” by Michael J. Blechar, June 8, 2007

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