The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools

Once a year, market research firm Gartner releases a research report on market leading tools in the Enterprise Architecture space. This research consists of a quadrant, which rates the vendors of the Enterprise Architecture tools on the axes of ‘Ability to execute’ and ‘Completeness of vision’. Next to the quadrant, the research contains a written review of the vendors strengths and weaknesses.

You can find our articles on the yearly Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools here:

Not yet represented

In 2018 ValueBlue was not yet represented as a vendor in the Gartner MQ, due to only being active in the Netherlands.


ValueBlue’s rapid growth was not going unnoticed, and although the yearly revenue of ValueBlue did not yet meet the barrier for entry, ValueBlue was selected for the first time to be part of the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture tools.

Growth and expansion

ValueBlue’s impressive growth continues and ValueBlue climbs in the MQ as it expands around Europe, the US and Asia.

Recognized growth trajectory

Recognized for the third year in a row, we are thrilled to have our clear growth trajectory within the Niche players segment of the Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Architecture tools recognized by Gartner®.

What is a Magic Quadrant?

Magic Quadrants are market research reports based on qualitative market research by IT analyst firm Gartner. Gartner releases Magic Quadrants for a whole range of technology industries such as ‘Analytics and BI’, ‘CRM’, ‘Project and Portfolio Management’, ‘ITSM’ and of course ‘Enterprise Architecture’. Research is conducted by Gartner analysts via a mix of reviewing of the vendors communication channels, a survey and often a demo and/or vendor briefing.

Analysts use this input to rate every vendor on two dimensions:

  • Completeness of Vision: This reflects the vendor’s vision on the market. Are they following or driving the market? How innovative is this vendor? How does the vendor communicate this vision to its customers and peers? What is the vendor’s view on how the market will develop and does it match Gartner’s perspective?
  • Ability to Execute: This takes into account factors such as the vendor’s financial viability, market responsiveness, product development, sales channels, customer base and geographic expansion.

Based on the ratings on these two dimensions, it’s decided whether a vendor ends up in the quadrant for their specific Magic Quadrant are of expertise or not. This means that being in the Magic Quadrant in itself is already a huge achievement for vendors. Moreover, it indicates that vendors in the Magic Quadrant scored better than the ones that are not mentioned.

Once mentioned in the Magic Quadrant, vendors can be classified in 4 ‘quadrants’:

  • Leaders – Vendors in the Leaders quadrant have the highest scores for both their ‘Completeness of Vision’ and ‘Ability to Execute’. These are usually the larger vendors with a noticeable market share and vision on the market.
  • Challengers – A vendor that is part of the challengers quadrant scores high on ‘Ability to Execute’ but lower on ‘Completeness of Vision’.
  • Visionaries – Vendors that are categorized as visionaries score high on ‘Completeness of Vision’, but lower on ‘Ability to execute’. In practice this means that these vendors are often slightly smaller than leaders but have a vision that aligns well with the vision of Gartner.
  • Niche Players – Vendors in the Niche Players quadrant are often the smallest players in the market. They are either focusing on a niche or just getting started and lack the means to execute all over the world and communicate their vision with huge marketing budgets. At the same time they did make it to the MQ, so they are on their way and have something special!

How to read the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture tools

When reading the Gartner Magic Quadrants for Enterprise Architecture tools, it’s important to understand that it’s not the tool which is evaluated, but the Enterprise Architecture vendor as a whole. This means that the quality of the product is just a part of the evaluation. The evaluation also focuses on marketing and sales execution, service delivery and vendor vision. Although the Magic Quadrant is a great source of information to read through, one should realize that for example limited marketing budgets are making it harder to communicate your vision via paid channels and industry leading events, leading to a lesser evaluation on ‘Completeness of Vision’. On the same note, not having offices on every continent can limit your ability to execute. Because of this, it is strongly recommended to always read the additional vendor evaluation that comes with the Magic Quadrant in the research publication. This publication elaborates on every vendors strengths and weaknesses, and this is where you will find much more detail on the vendors then in the quadrant visualization. Leaders are overall good, however to find out which vendor best fits your specific industry, geographic or use cases, the research description is the best place to do your research.

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