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Understanding MarkLogic’s Role as a Challenger in Gartner’s 2017 ODBMS Magic Quadrant

The digital transformation of entire industries is driving Fortune 2000 companies to next-generation database technologies, and MarkLogic is prepared to help our customers lead the way.

In the new Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems (ODBMS), MarkLogic is recognized as a Challenger, achieving the highest placement in the Challenger quadrant for ability to execute and furthest for completeness of vision. For the second year-in-a-row, MarkLogic was recognized as a next generation Challenger and the only NoSQL vendor to remain as a Challenger in the 2017 report.

Last year, MarkLogic was also recognized as a challenger for its ability to execute, and we believe this year’s placement illustrates why MarkLogic is now known as a database provider with a new way of doing what enterprises need in terms of mission critical, operational and transactional database technologies.

In our view, MarkLogic is emerging as the only valid alternative to incumbent relational technologies that created today’s primary data challenge –- data silos. Our singular focus on solving the decades-old challenge of integrating data from silos has helped large, global organizations tackle current and future market challenges, and win the battle for top customers.

Market Upheaval

The need for companies and industries to digitally transform, and to be able to ingest, search, use, secure, and appropriately share data, is pushing database technologies to new heights, and the fault lines in the industry are increasingly apparent.

Enterprises can no longer tolerate technologies that don’t easily ingest and integrate data, enable transactions, and adequately secure and govern data. Incumbent relational database technologies that have led the market for decades are no longer optimal in today’s data environment, and were never designed to solve the data silo problem that they created, bedeviling companies large and small.

Meanwhile, the move to the cloud continues as companies seek faster, more nimble solutions. Yet the cloud-only databases are also challenging niche providers that don’t provide enterprise-required features, such as full transactional support, enterprise-grade security and good data governance. And, the cloud-only databases are seeing resistance within the enterprise, as large corporations and government agencies don’t want to be locked into a particular deployment architecture and they certainly don’t want to be locked into a single cloud provider.

Customers Respond

MarkLogic is expertly positioned for all of these industry trends. Customers rely on us as the world’s best database for integrating data from silos. We’re the only enterprise-grade NoSQL database platform on the market and NoSQL is the next-generation database technology for today’s modern, data-driven enterprise. We are also cloud neutral so, unlike our competitors, we run on any platform – on premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid cloud configuration. That means customers can build an application once and run it anywhere, saving them critical time and money. What’s more, we have a business plan that’s sustainable.

Our customer record underscores our strength in the market. MarkLogic’s customer base has expanded to now include four out of the top six U.S. banks as well as leading players in rapidly evolving industries such as life sciences and automotive.

All of this tells me we are hitting the mark, and we believe MarkLogic’s position in the latest Gartner report reflects the substantial investment we’ve made to deliver on our vision. We also know how the multi-model database market will evolve, and we keep raising the bar, most recently with MarkLogic 9.

Most importantly, our customers are successfully building mission critical business applications on our platform—faster and with less cost and risk than they’d face with other providers.

Every company needs to make the most of its data to compete and lead the marketplace. MarkLogic is perfectly positioned to enable them to do just that.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Chief Executive Officer

Calling upon his extensive executive experience at Oracle and Veritas, Gary Bloom leads MarkLogic as the preeminent NoSQL database for the Enterprise. During his 14-year tenure as an executive at Oracle, Gary helped organizations make the generational shift from mainframe to relational technology.

Likewise, as CEO of MarkLogic, he is driving another industry shift by spearheading solutions to the global challenge of aggregating and managing data from disparate sources and transforming that data into valuable information. Gary is a highly respected thought leader who influences organizations to reimagine how data can and will change the future of business and application development.

Prior to MarkLogic, Gary was CEO and president at eMeter, which was acquired by Siemens Corporation. Before that, he was a consultant of TPG, a leading global private investment firm. Gary was also the vice chair and president of Symantec Corporation, where he led the company’s line of business organizations and the company’s corporate development efforts. He had joined Symantec through the company’s merger with Veritas Software where he was the chairman and CEO. Before joining Veritas, Gary held senior executive positions at Oracle. During this time, Gary led Oracle’s database business, worldwide marketing,support, education, and alliance organizations, and was responsible for mergers and acquisitions.

Gary earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

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