The True Leader in Product MDM

Magic Quadrants from Gartner are the leading analyst report sources within many IT enabled disciplines. This is also true in the data management realm and one of quadrants here is the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Product Data Solutions.

The latest version of this quadrant was out in November last year as reported in the post MDM for Product Data Quadrant: No challengers. A half visionary.

Most quotations after a quadrant release are vendors bragging about their position in the quadrant and this habit will possibly also repeat itself when the next quadrant for product MDM is out.

But I think Gartner has got it all wrong here during all the years. As I have seen it, Microsoft is the true leader and the rest of the flock are minor niche players.

Product MDM

Excel rules.

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10 thoughts on “The True Leader in Product MDM

  1. FX Nicolas 4th September 2014 / 08:41

    Excellent post (unfortunately) reflecting the reality! Now, you need a second post to explain why Excel is not such a good solution for managing product data, and master data in general. 🙂

  2. Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 4th September 2014 / 10:26

    FX, I will.

    • Emma 12th September 2014 / 18:24

      That graphic is quite witty! We’re on a mission to demolish the use of spreadsheets to manage product data. Love to know your thoughts –

  3. Connie 4th September 2014 / 13:39

    While you’re at it, let’s also explore viable alternatives to Excel for small and mid-sized companies. They (we!) are the sweet spot for software providers attempting to take that share.

  4. Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 4th September 2014 / 13:50

    That is absolutely true, Connie. The functionality offered by the quadrant providers are available to SMBs in quite a lot of less expensive solutions feasible for organizations that requires lesser scalability.

  5. Jan Henderyckx 5th September 2014 / 11:38

    Agree with the analysis that the majority of Product MDM is “managed” in Excel but the axis talks about ability to execute and completeness of vision. It might be appropriate to overlay the original quadrant and put it on an axis of “amount of effort applied to managing product data” and inverse the “vision” axis. This would put MSFT in the top right corner.

  6. Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 5th September 2014 / 11:51

    Thanks for commenting Jan. True, the position of MS Excel in this lighthearted post does not necessarily comply with the axis meaning (though somehow leaders in quadrants always are those with current market strength).

    And yes indeed, the problem with Excel is the total effort and ability to manage product data.

  7. Bill Davis 8th September 2014 / 20:09

    I think the Leader, MS Excel, speaks volumes about the maturity level, or lack thereof, of most companies in managing their product data. While I would bet Amazon uses Excel or something similar, I would also bet its not their core PIM system and not the primary reason their delivery of product information surpasses 90%+ of retailers.

  8. Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 8th September 2014 / 20:42

    Thanks for commenting Bill. I agree. It’s a matter of maturity and shifting the balance between anarchistic use of Excel and rigid use of a PIM/MDM tool and organizations around are at different stages in that journey – and PIM/MDM tools are at different stages in supporting that journey by the way.

  9. Richard Branch 9th September 2014 / 11:55

    Looks like you’ve really started something here Henrik 😉

    And so to add my two-penny worth – the fact that organisations are always at different stages of their MDM & PIM journey is the very reason we designed Semarchy MDM the way we did. It’s the ethos behind “Evolutionary MDM”. i.e. to allow the application to grow and evolve as the organisations ever changing requirements dictate.

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