I’ve learned to appreciate Gartner’s magic quadrants, though I must admit I found them strange at first. Simplifying the state of a market down across two axis as they do turns out to be quite efficient a way to judge the competitors in the space.
The new Horizontal Portal Magic Quadrant is no exception. By far the most obvious change in the market is that Microsoft has passed IBM to become the new market leader with the release of SharePoint 2010. I’ve been involved with SharePoint in one way or another for most of my career and it certainly appears that the attention and effort Microsoft have put in to this product in recent years is finally getting serious attention in the marketplace.
Oracle’s acquisitions have put it up with the forerunners and IBM and SAP are holding in the leader’s quadrant fairly steadily, but by far the most interesting entry in the leader’s quadrant is Liferay. Whilst it’s ability to execute places it very close to the axis line, it’s completeness of vision has it at a fairly good mid-point, and by far the most interesting thing about it is the fact that it is open-source.
The graph might not have it as a serious contender against heavyweights like IBM and Microsoft, but the fact it gets into the same quadrant at all speaks volumes for the amount of effort that has gone in to this project and, driven by the current economic climate, it would seem they have had the opportunity to prove themselves at some larger client sites.
Certainly an interesting developing market and worth watching.