Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Graveyard > Magic Quadrant

Frank Scavo, over at The Enterprise System Spectator, reports that Gartner Group has decided that there aren't enough midmarket ERPs left to bother doing one of their famous Magic Quadrant analyses.


Will the last one left turn out the lights?


  1. Your assertion that Great Plains and Navision are "dead" needs some clarification. I'm sure you are aware that Microsoft owns both of these products and delivers these solutions through a strong and healthy VAR channel. So when you say "Dead" do you mean that the name is "Dead" due to the change to Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics NAV branding? Or are you actually saying that you think the product it's self is "Dead"? And if you are actually saying that the products are "Dead" please post your thoughts on how you come to this conclusion.
    To fully disclose my position you need to know that I am a Channel Development Manager here at Microsoft and am responsible for the Microsoft Dynamics partner channel. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to further discuss this issue. John Verdon john.verdon@microsoft.com (715) 235-6679

  2. Hi John,

    Thanks for your comments. Not sure I said GP and NV are "dead." But I do think it's fair to say that the product - and even the channel program - have changed quite a bit since MBS came together. Whether those changes are for good or ill are in the eye of the beholder - and I'm sure it won't surprise you to hear that there are dissenting opinions out there ;-)

  3. OK ... I give, you didn't "say" that Great and Navision are dead. You simply show a graphic that has them listed on a tomb stone. :-0
    You are absolutely correct, there are dissenting opinions out there. ALL the BEST! John

  4. I think that for Gartner to dismiss the rest of the ERP market overlooks the fact that there are still players out there that are ideally suited for the mid-market. I imagine it is just that with all the recent consolidation (thanks Ned for showing this to us so graphically!) they find it too hard to keep track of who is still out there!