Our reflections on the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools

By Talend Team
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It’s no secret that today’s data environment is chaotic. Organizations everywhere have to deal with more sources of data, more data types, and more use cases for that data, in order to make mission-critical decisions with confidence.

But when we talk about data chaos, we’re talking about more than just the data itself. The growing number of integration solutions to bring all this data together has become just as confusing and complex. And while the cloud ushered in innovative ways of using data to drive business decisions and analysis, it also introduced new challenges and complexities. Many of our customers face this reality – customers like Siemens, which integrates hundreds of systems to power its data initiatives.  Integration solutions need to address these challenges in order to help organizations extract the maximum value from their data.

Data integration has become more than simply moving data. A best-of-breed solution requires a unified approach that provides data integration, but also a comprehensive set of additional capabilities, including data quality, data stewardship, and other data management functions to deliver not just data, but trusted data to everyone in the organization.  The right data integration solution must also work across on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments to meet the needs of your data ecosystem.


Achieving data clarity with a holistic approach to integration

This complex reality is obvious when looking at the latest report from Gartner, the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools: more data integration vendors were evaluated this year than ever before. Gartner observes that this market is “seeing renewed momentum driven by urgent requirements for hybrid/multicloud data management, augmented data integration and data fabric designs,” and predicts that “by 2023, organizations utilizing data fabrics to dynamically connect, optimize and automate data management processes will reduce time to integrated data delivery by 30%.”

That’s why we are very proud to be recognized as a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools for the fifth year in a row. For this report, Gartner evaluated Talend along with 19 data integration vendors across criteria such as ability to execute and completeness of vision.

We believe this recognition validates our vision of taking a unified approach to data integration as part of Talend Data Fabric – an approach that is cloud-agnostic, offers broad connectivity, and supports hybrid infrastructures.

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This holistic approach provides unique advantages to Talend Data Fabric’s integration capabilities. For instance, organizations get the flexibility to connect anything to anything without worrying about their data architecture.

Many of our customers have data on-premises and across multiple cloud environments, and they need an integration solution that has the flexibility to support those ecosystems without making fundamental changes to their underlying infrastructure. This flexibility means organizations can spend less time dealing with technical challenges and more time deriving insight and business value from their data.  Gartner also states, “Through 2025, over 80% organizations will use more than one cloud service provider (CSP) for their data and analytics use cases, making it critical for them to prioritize an independent and CSP-neutral integration technology to avoid vendor lock-ins.”

We believe this holistic approach also provides benefits beyond simply moving data to ensure businesses can make critical decisions with confidence. In addition to data integration, Talend Data Fabric offers broad capabilities including data quality everywhere that allows you fix your data and trust your data, application integration to enable organizations to share their data anywhere, data preparation, data cataloging, data stewardship, and API management, to name a few. These capabilities enable organizations to rapidly deliver complete, clean, uncompromised data to all the users who need it.


Better results through better data integration

We’re seeing customers take advantage of these unified capabilities to supercharge their data integration implementations and achieve some truly remarkable results.

Uniper, a global energy company operating in more than 40 countries, needed to provide its users with self-service data and analytics in real time. It used Talend to integrate more than 120 internal and external sources to power its data analytics platform. The organization also relies on Talend’s data governance and data cataloging capabilities – available within the same platform – to ensure that its data is trustworthy and rapidly available. Among other benefits, this has resulted in an 80% reduction in integration costs, a 75% increase in data integration speed, and a 50% gain in synergies and efficiencies.

“Disruption is today’s keyword for the power industry. So, information counts. With our new data analytics platform powered by Talend, we now can better understand where the market is going, which helps us optimize energy trading while managing risk and complying with regulations.”

René Greiner
Vice President for Data Integration, Uniper SE


The only unified solution for data integration

All organizations deal with the constant challenge of using more data from more sources to accomplish more for their business. We believe their data integration solution should bring order to that chaos rather than add to it.

We believe, Only Talend Data Fabric combines data integration, data integrity, and data governance in a single platform so that all aspects of working with data are simplified and unified. We are honored to be a strategic business partner to thousands of companies, helping them find clarity amidst the data chaos. And to those still searching for that clarity, we invite you to discover Talend, try our integration solution, and become part of our growing user community.

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Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, Ehtisham Zaidi, Eric Thoo, Nick Heudecker, Sharat Menon, Robert Thanaraj, 18 August 2020.
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