SAS, IBM, RapidMiner, Knime leaders in Gartner MQ for Advanced Analytics Platforms

Gartner new Magic Quadrant(tm) for Advanced Analytics Platforms names 4 companies as leaders: SAS, IBM, RapidMiner, and Knime. A copy of the report, with evaluations for 15 more companies, is available thanks to RapidMiner.

By Gregory Piatetsky, Feb 24, 2014.

Gartner, a leading technology research company, has published a new Magic Quadrants(tm) for Advanced Analytics Platforms, separating Advanced Analytics from its previous category for "Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms".

Gartner recognizes that predictive and advanced analytics are becoming a major factor in the market, and evaluates the leading providers of advanced analytics platforms.

The leaders in this report are the two long-time analytics heavyweights - SAS and IBM, joined by two newcomers - RapidMiner and KNIME.

Gartner MQ for Advanced Analytics Platforms, Q1 2014

The report is available from SAS at

and from RapidMiner at, who are very pleased by being named as a leader. RapidMiner CEO Ingo Mierswa said

"We believe our placement in the Leaders quadrant reflects not only our status as the world's most frequently downloaded predictive analytics software, but also our ability to provide a platform that supports business analysts, data scientists and business managers

Leaders are vendors strong in both completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Visionaries are typically smaller vendors that may not have the full ability to execute but have the vision of the trends that are shaping the market. This report has 2 such companies:
  • Revolution Analytics.
  • Alteryx

Challengers, in Gartner definition, are either long-term market competitors that need to revitalize their vision to become more broadly influential, or they are well-established vendors in adjacent markets that are entering this market. Gartner lists 3 companies as challengers, and Angoss and Statsoft belong to first category, while SAP belongs to the second.
  • Statsoft
  • SAP  
  • Angoss

The other companies fall into Niche Players quadrant, who are usually either "Challengers-in-waiting" or "Visionaries-in-waiting":
  • FICO,  
  • Oracle,
  • Megaputer,
  • Alpine Data Labs,
  • Microsoft,
  • InfoCentricity,
  • Actuate

In addition, the Gartner report has brief notes on significant vendors not included in MQ:
  • Ayasdi,
  • Fuzzy Logix,
  • i4C Analytics,
  • Predixion,
  • Prognoz, and
  • Vanguard.