Gartner names Magic Quadrant for data integration tools

Informatica, IBM, SAP, Oracle and SAS have been named Leaders in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools.

“Enterprise buyers increasingly see data integration as a strategic requirement, for which they want comprehensive data delivery capabilities, flexible deployment models, and synergies with information infrastructures,” the Gartner report said.

Gartner estimated the data integration tool market was worth approximately US$2.4 billion in constant currency at the end of 2014 – which represents an increase of 6.9 per cent from 2013. This is above the average growth rate for the enterprise software market as a whole. A projected five-year compound annual growth rate of approximately 7.7 per cent will bring the total to more than US$3.4 billion by 2019.

Microsoft was positioned in the ‘Challengers’ quadrant, while Talend, Information Builders, Actian and Cisco were placed as ‘Visionaries’.

According to Gartner, a data integration platform should:

  • Empower business users’ timely access to quality data,
  • Support new and emerging use cases such as cloud, big data, real time, and streaming data,
  • Manage exploding data volumes and complexity while improving performance, availability, and data insights,
  • Ensure operational confidence by monitoring and testing critical business processes, and
  • Integrate with value-added capabilities such as data quality, the data integration hub, and master data management for greater productivity.

Some of the Leaders have maintained their positions for many years running, with SAS holding its ground for five years and Informatica for 10 years.

“As organisations struggle to fully integrate Hadoop and emerging data technologies into their data strategy to reduce costs, SAS provides enterprise data integration solutions to manage both emerging data sources like Hadoop as well as traditional ones to streamline data delivery and provision trusted, governed data to drive accurate analytics,” said Matthew Magne, global product marketing manager, data management, SAS.

Amit Walia, senior vice president and general manager, data integration and security, Informatica, said the company’s focus on data integration, synergistic product portfolio, and the ability to align technical innovation with business needs have led to its success.

“Organisations that ‘think data first’ are best equipped to place first amongst the competition, especially in this new world of big data and hybrid IT. Informatica’s goal is to help customers put great data at the heart of everything they do.”