What is Gartner’s Magic Quadrant?The Gartner Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how selected vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. According to the latest Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products, new entrants provided additional options for enterprises willing to consider open-source and software-as-a-service (SaaS) alternatives for horizontal portal functionality. To differentiate their offerings, horizontal portal vendors are incorporating support for enterprise mashups and social networking.
How the Magic Is DoneAs a mere research tool, The Magic Quadrant, is just another view on the marketplace. Gartner judges vendors on their vision and ability to execute. Those vendors that make it to the Leaders Quadrant are said to have:* Full range of capabilities to support a range of portal deployment scenarios* Consistent product delivery in meeting customer needs for a substantial period of time* Significant product innovation* Success in selling to new customers across industries
What’s New in 2008The 2008 Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products evaluated 12 vendors -- including commercial open source vendors Liferay and Red Hat JBoss -- which is an increase of two companies from 2007. Oracle's acquisition of BEA Systems was balanced by three new entrants.Interest in the general market of the SaaS horizontal portal has been fueled by Microsoft's SharePoint Online initiative. Other vendors are likely to announce SaaS horizontal portal offerings during the next year.
Vignette in the Leaders QuadrantVignette is not a newbie to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. Its ECM solution was included in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Magic Quadrant.
Source: Gartner (September 2008)
This time around, Vignette Portal found itself in the bottom corner of the Horizontal Portals Leaders Quadrant surrounded by the portal giants, including Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft.