Your career in 2018 (referencing 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics)

How will you grow your career in 2018?

Each year Gartner publishes Magic Quadrants for several technologies, including one for Business Intelligence and Analytics. Let’s take a look at this year’s.

The “2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics” document was published earlier in the year, but as we are at the end of the year, it is a good time to take stock of the industry and your career in this field.

Below is an image of the results published by Gartner for 2017.  As you can see, from their perspective, Tableau and Microsoft lead the way, with Qlik also in the leader quadrant.

Source: Gartner

Since the same 3 players were also in the leader quadrant in 2016 and 2015 (along with others), we know they are solid.

So, based on this, if you are primarily an Oracle BI (OBI), IBM Cognos, or SAP Business Objects (BO) person (for example), you may consider learning or at least getting exposure to one or more of the 3 platforms in the Leaders quadrant.  There is still plenty of work out there for OBI, Cognos, BO and other platforms, but having additional technical/platform skills in leading platforms never hurts.

And this is just a broad suggestion, because you may find that developing skills in Salesforce (for example) is a better strategic move for you based on your situation.  The bottom-line is, assess your career/skills/goals/etc., and plan on learning something new in 2018.  Don’t stop learning!

Happy New Year to you, and best wishes for 2018!






Installing Tableau Desktop

Tableau is a leading business intelligence software.  Its popularity has grown as a result of its ease of use, awesome visualizations, ability to connect easily to many data sources, its ability to make use of Big Data and Cloud sources, and many other traditional and cutting-edge features.

In this post, I will guide you through the installation of Tableau Desktop 9.  It’s pretty simple.

Go to and click Products, or go directly to


Under Tableau Desktop, click on “LEARN MORE”.


Click on “TRY IT FOR FREE”.


Save the download to your computer.


Click on Run from this dialog box


Navigate to where you saved the download and double-click the file (in this example, TableauDesktop-64bit-9-3-4.exe) to execute or right-click the file and select Run as administrator.




Read and accept the license agreement.


Click Install if you want to install with defaults.

Or you may also click Customize to change some default settings.  Clicking Customize will bring you to the following dialog.


From here you may change the install directory and check/uncheck options as you see fit.  Click Install.


Installation in progress.


Installation is complete. Choose the desired Activation schedule.

You have 14 days from activation to use the product.


Unless you had unchecked this option, Tableau will be added to your Windows start menu.

It’s that simple.