Microsoft is Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by Leading Independent Research Firm

In keeping you informed of third-party evaluations of our products and technologies, I wanted to draw your attention to recent research from Gartner, Inc. ( The report – released December 23, 2008 under the title “Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems, 2008” by analysts Donald Feinberg and Mark Beyer – delivers valuable information about the Data Warehousing and Database Management Systems market. 

In this Magic Quadrant, Microsoft was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant. Gartner states, “The Leaders' quadrant for data warehouse DBMSs contains those vendors that demonstrate the greatest degree of support for data warehouses of all sizes, with large numbers of concurrent users and management of mixed data warehousing workloads. These vendors lead the market in data warehousing by consistently demonstrating customer satisfaction and strong support, as well as longevity in the data warehouse DBMS market, with strong hardware alliances. Because of this track record, leaders also represent the lowest risk for successful data warehouse implementations. Additionally, the maturity of this market demands that leaders maintain a strong vision regarding the key points emerging during the past year: mixed workload management for end-user service-level satisfaction and data volume management.

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You can find the full independent report on Microsoft PressPass, “Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems, 2008” at:


The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 23 December 2008 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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