Another Magic Quadrant, Another Move for Talend

Last week, for the third year in a row, Gartner rated Talend a Visionary in their Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools. You can get a free copy here, courtesy of Talend (registration required).

Time for a little reflection on these past 3 quadrants, and the one before...

  • 2008: Disappointment. Readers of this blog and observers of the analyst relations world will remember my lashing at Gartner for ignoring not acknowledging the disruptive force of open source. Lots of interesting reactions (Wait, a vendor criticizing the Gartner process? -- Whoa, these guys need to be taught proper AR. -- Boy, are they toast forever!)
    A disappointment it was. We were set for changing forever the data integration landscape and Gartner did not see that. In retrospect, they probably saw it, but needed proof points. And truth be told, in 2008, we did not have many proof points.
  • 2009: We Made It! Not only did we make it to the MQ, but we made it as a visionary. The long and patient work of gathering the proper references, explaining our strategy to the analysts, and more importantly bringing them the proof points they needed, was finally paying off.  Talend was the first open source vendor to enter the MQ (still is), the only new entrant, and came in a very strong position.
  • 2010: Consolidating. The 2010 edition of the MQ came out right at the time where we were finalizing our acquisition of Sopera – too late to influence our position. Still, 2010 marked a significant jump in Ability to Execute, a further proof of Talend’s explosive growth.
  • 2011: Flirting with the Leaders… The 2011 vintage of the MQ is an excellent one. Or maybe I should say MQs – plural. Talend is now also a Visionary in the Data Quality Magic Quadrant, and a Cool Vendor. And with another jump in Ability to Execute, Talend is now flirting with the leaders...

Get your copy of the MQ to view the positions, and to read the verbatim on Talend and on the other players. Lots of interesting stuff in there, as usual.

Yves