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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

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This morning, Gartner released their famous "Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems".   You can find more information directly on the Gartner site here

For having participated in many Magic Quadrant selections, I can attest to the thoroughness Gartner analysts put in this document.  Many enterprise CIOs use this type of research as the guiding light for their technology selection and they have great analysts in Donald Feinberg, Merv Adrian, Nick Heudecker, Adam M. Ronthal and Terilyn Palanca to thank for this Magic Quadrant (MQ).

In this year's edition, you'll find lots of new developments.  I like to look at last year's MQ and this year side by side so I can get a feel for how the market is shaping up (if you are looking for last year's copy, head on over to OBDMS.org)

Here are my first observations.  I'd love to hear your feedback!

First, key caveat.  To be in the quadrant, vendors must generate a minimum of $20M in verifiable annual software revenue, or maintain a minimum of 100 verifiable and distinct organizations with operational DBMSs in production.  So, if your favorite (but smaller) company is not on the quadrant, you'll know why!

Second, the titans.  The big DBMS vendors have been shuffled.  Microsoft comes out #1 (shout out to my former teammates!), while Oracle, IBM and SAP seem to decline a bit.

New entrant: Amazon.  You might have heard of Amazon's bullish move into the database and analytics market.  Well, their efforts seems to be paying off.  AWS lands into the Magic Quadrant for the first time and they land in the Leaders Quadrant.  For an explanation of why that matters, read up on the Gartner's methodology here.

Hadoop leaders get more attention: Hortonworks makes its debut in the Quadrant. Cloudera and MapR move up and get some serious recognition from Gartner.

To find out more on the specifics of the research, refer to Gartner's site here.  If you are interested in finding out the latest on Hadoop trends, download a complimentary copy of the Hadoop Maturity Survey here.

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