Analyst Relations – Reports

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.

2017

Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications

July 19, 2017
Gartner Research
Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the UC market. This Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors of enterprise UC solutions that are intended for on-premises deployment by midsize and large organizations. Its assessments of nine vendors will help application leaders find the most suitable provider and solution for their needs.

Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation

July 13, 2017
Gartner, Inc.
Once again, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the customer engagement center market. Gartner “continues to see product innovation from SFA vendors in relation to opportunity predictive analytics, business process modeling functionality and vertical-specific functionality. These are not yet core SFA functionalities, but they are likely to be central to SFA products in the next two to five years.

The Forrester Wave™: Sales Force Automation Solutions, Q2 2017

June 27, 2017
Forrester Research
Forrester positions Microsoft as a Leader in their new Forrester Wave: Sales Force Automation Solutions. This 35-criteria evaluation of sales force automation (SFA) providers identifies the 10 most significant ones — bpm’online, CRMNEXT, Infor, Microsoft, NetSuite, Oracle, Pegasystems, Salesforce, SAP, and SugarCRM. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals make the right choice.

SWOT Microsoft Office 365, Worldwide

June 20, 2017
Gartner Research
Please read the full report to see what Gartner has to say about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for Microsoft, Office 365.

Ovum’s new Azure Cosmos DB report gives perspective on Microsoft’s promising differentiators

June 12, 2017
Ovum
Ovum has published Microsoft Cosmos DB: The new flagship internet database of Azure. This report highlights Azure’s new database-as-a-service and its innovative differentiators. A globally distributed operational database, Cosmos DB is the evolution of Microsoft’s first NoSQL database offering, DocumentDB. Built to deliver high performance, fault-tolerance, and truly globally distributed scalability, this report explains how developers can have an easier time scaling their applications, and positions Cosmos DB as potentially Microsoft’s most significant database play since SQL Server.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms

June 12, 2017
Gartner, Inc.
Microsoft recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms, for the second year in a row. According to Gartner, Leaders are not only good at cross-platform development, deployment and management across the full life cycle, but also have a good vision of the omnichannel and post-app requirements, support for multiple architectures and standards, a solid understanding of IT requirements, and scalable sales channels and partnerships.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide

June 7, 2017
Gartner, Inc.
Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the access management market. According to Gartner, Leaders show evidence of strong execution for anticipated requirements related to technology, methodology, or means of delivery.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites

June 6, 2017
Gartner, Inc.
Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Visionary in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. This Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors on their ability to help organizations integrate mobile devices into their security frameworks and systems and information technology life cycles. According to Gartner, Visionaries have unique capabilities in certain aspects of EMM. They meet the requirements of customers that place a high priority in specific critical EMM areas.

Digital Disruption and the New Disruptors: Recognize, Prioritize and Respond — A Gartner Trend Insight Report

May 25, 2017
Gartner
A stream of innovation in technology and digital business models continues to disrupt markets and challenge established incumbents. As digital business continues to grow, CIOs will need to increase their ability to recognize, prioritize and respond to digital disruption.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Engagement Center 2017

May 8, 2017
Gartner, Inc.
Once again, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Engagement Center, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the customer engagement center market. Gartner notes that “Vendor positions in this Magic Quadrant reflect the growing demand for cloud-based customer service applications to support customer engagement through multiple channels, including those powered by AI.”

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools

April 27, 2017
Gartner
Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. According to Gartner, Leaders in this market have shown a combination of strong vision either in leading agile thought or the combination of agile with developer collaboration and DevOps.

SWOT: Microsoft, Skype for Business Online, Worldwide

April 24, 2017
Gartner Research
Please read the full report to see what Gartner has to say about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for Microsoft, Skype for Business Online.

The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Content Management — Business Content Services, Q2 2017

April 5, 2017
Forrester Research
Forrester has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders category in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Content Management — Business Content Services, Q2 2017. The report states, “Microsoft’s launch of SharePoint 2016 and ongoing investment into Office 365 and SharePoint Online has proved to be a significant catalyst in enterprises’ decisions to move their enterprise content to cloud services.” The report evaluated Microsoft and 14 other vendors on their current offering, strategy and market presence.

Digital Business Service Success Driven by Alignment to Business Outcomes

March 23, 2017
Gartner
Service providers have not fully capitalized on digital demand due to their inability to communicate value and differentiate themselves. Technology business unit leaders looking to exploit IT services market dynamics should approach digital business services by focusing on business outcomes.

Enterprises Must Prepare ‘Now’ for the Disruptive Power of Conversational AI Platforms

March 13, 2017
Gartner
Conversational AI platforms are beginning to deliver the power of artificial intelligence/machine learning in more consumable forms, auguring a fundamental shift in the way business and consumer users interact with technology and how CIOs must consider user/customer experience technologies.

The Forrester Wave™: Predictive Analytics And Machine Learning Solutions, Q1 2017

March 7, 2017
Forrester Research

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA)

February 20, 2017
Gartner, Inc.
Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics (DMSA)

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, 2017

February 16, 2017
Gartner, Inc.
Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a Leader, positioned furthest in vision, in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, 2017

2016

Making Critical Deployment Choices for Windows 10 Success

Dec. 9, 2016
Gartner
Gartner’s latest recommendation for how enterprises can best set up preparations for smooth Windows 10 migrations.

The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Collaboration, Q4 2016

Dec. 7, 2016
Forrester Research
Forrester positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Wave stating, “Microsoft bets on employee choice and portfolio breadth. Microsoft’s strategy starts with this premise: No single collaboration app can meet all of today’s employee needs. This has led it to offer a loosely coupled set of collaboration tools.”

Forrester Wave for IoT Software Platforms, Q4 2016

November 15, 2016
Forrester
Forrester has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders category in The Forrester Wave(TM): Global Public Cloud Platforms for Enterprise Developers, Q3 2016 and scored it as the top vendor in the Current Offering category with Microsoft receiving the highest scores in the development experience and platform operations criteria. The report is intended to assist application development and delivery professionals select the right public cloud platform partner. The report evaluated Microsoft and seven other vendors on their current offering, strategy and market presence.

Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

October 5, 2016
Gartner, Inc.

InfoTrack for Unified Communications: Impact of Microsoft Skype for Business on the Enterprise Voice Market—2016

Sept. 2016
T3i Group LLC
InfoTrack, a division of T3i Group, published InfoTrack for Unified Communications: Impact of Microsoft Skype for Business on the Enterprise Voice Market. The study analyzes the status of companies’ plans to trial and implement Microsoft Skype for Business with Enterprise Voice. It also analyzes the correlation between satisfaction with Microsoft UC applications and plans to implement Skype for Business Enterprise Voice.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Management as a Service

Sept. 1, 2016
Gartner
Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Leader, positioned furthest to the right for completeness of vision, in the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Management as a Service, Worldwide.

Cloud Access Security Broker Leadership Compass, 2016

Aug. 2016
KuppingerCole Report
KuppingerCole awarded Microsoft a Leader position in the Overall Leadership and Market Leadership ratings, and Challenger position in the Product Leadership and Innovation ratings. KuppingerCole wrote, “Microsoft Cloud App Security is based on a mature product from Adallom with proven capabilities and customers. It exploits the skills of the Microsoft team and the vast amount of threat intelligence collected by Microsoft to catalogue and rank the risks of the large number of cloud apps available. It enables the user organization to customize usage based on these scores. It provides control over users’ access to cloud apps and the movement of data to the cloud. It integrates with other Microsoft tools to enable encryption of sensitive data and information rights management.”

Wave for Global Public Cloud Platforms for Enterprise Developers, Q3 2016

Aug. 29, 2016
Forrester Research
Forrester has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders category in The Forrester Wave(TM): Global Public Cloud Platforms for Enterprise Developers, Q3 2016 and scored it as the top vendor in the Current Offering category with Microsoft receiving the highest scores in the development experience and platform operations criteria. The report is intended to assist application development and delivery professionals select the right public cloud platform partner. The report evaluated Microsoft and seven other vendors on their current offering, strategy and market presence.

Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Service Worldwide

June 26, 2016
Gartner

Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms (MADP)

June 15, 2016
Gartner

Microsoft SQL Server 2016: An Initial Assessment

June 10, 2016
Ovum
Microsoft recently announced that SQL Server 2016 would hit final release on June 1. Highlights of the release are in several areas: advanced analytics leveraging PolyBase and in-database R support; expanded in-memory options; a new phased migration option to the cloud; and several security features that make data protection more granular. And Microsoft has extended SQL Server’s Reporting Services utility to support the mobile clients that enterprises are expecting as part of the BI stack.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites

June 8, 2016
Gartner, Inc.
Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Visionary in the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. This Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors on their ability to help organizations integrate mobile devices into their security frameworks and systems and information technology life cycles. According to Gartner, Visionaries have unique capabilities in certain aspects of EMM. They meet the requirements of customers that place a high priority in certain critical EMM areas.

What Microsoft’s Acquisition of Xamarin Means for Enterprise Mobile App Development and Management

June 8, 2016
Gartner, Inc.
Microsoft acquired its longtime partner Xamarin in March 2016. This acquisition has significant implications for the mobile app development and management capabilities of the Microsoft software stack — implications that mobile app development and operations leaders must consider.

Preparing for Windows 10 PC Deployment

April 28, 2016
Gartner
Gartner’s latest recommendation for how enterprises can best set up preparations for smooth Windows 10 migrations.

The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions, Q2 2016

April 22, 2016
Forrester Research
Forrester Research recognized Microsoft as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions, Q2 2016. Forrester wrote, “Microsoft provides a data lake with all the trimmings… Its strong presence in the database, data warehouse, cloud, spreadsheet, collaboration, BI, OLAP, and development tools markets delivers a growing Hadoop stack to Microsoft customers.

Microsoft OneDrive for Business Surges Ahead

Mar. 2, 2016
Nucleus Research
Nucleus Research analyzed vendors in the document storage and collaboration space, stating, “With recent advancements made by Microsoft to its enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solution, OneDrive for Business, the solution wins over competitors Dropbox and Box, particularly with regards to mobile functionality, integration, and a commitment to increasing usability. As seen over the past 24 months, Microsoft is focused on bringing weight to its products across its portfolio. The vendor has emerged ahead by leveraging Office 365 and cloud investments to improve user experience.”

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Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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