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IBM Maintains Leader position in Gartner Magic Quadrant for AST

2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing Released: IBM Maintains Position in Leaders Quadrant

Gartner Publishes Magic Quadrant Analyzing Security Vendors’ Static, Dynamic and Interactive Application Testing Capabilities

On July 1, 2014 Gartner released its annual update to the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing (AST), which was published by its analysts Joseph Feiman and Neil MacDonald. We’re pleased to announce that IBM maintained its position in the “Leaders” Quadrant for Application Security Testing in a report that spanned 17 total vendors.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the Magic Quadrant, Gartner performs extensive research to determine which vendors will be positioned in the Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players quadrants in its reports.

Big-picture, vendors are evaluated on their Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision.

Full Report: 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing (AST)

“Ability to Execute” Evaluation Criteria in Magic Quadrant Report

When evaluating Application Security Testing (AST) vendors on their Ability to Execute, Gartner analyzed the following criteria in this report:

  • Product(s) and/or Service(s) Capabilities
  • Overall Viability, from Business Unit, Financial, Strategy and Organizational perspectives
  • Sales Execution and Pricing
  • Market Responsiveness and (Track) Record
  • Customer Experience

The following “Ability to Execute” criteria weren’t evaluated by Gartner in this review cycle: Marketing Execution and Operations.

“Completeness of Vision” Evaluation Criteria in Magic Quadrant Report

When evaluating vendors on their Completeness of Vision, the following evaluation criteria were utilized:

  • Market Understanding
  • Sales Strategy
  • Offering and Product Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Geographic Strategy

The following “Completeness of Vision” criteria weren’t evaluated by Gartner in this review cycle: Vertical/Industry Strategy, Business Model and Marketing Strategy.

Characteristics of “Leaders” in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing

Leaders provide mature offerings that meet market demand. They’ve demonstrated the vision necessary to sustain their market positioning, especially as technology requirements evolve. The hallmark of Leaders is that they focus on and invest in their technology offerings to lead the market and affect its overall direction.

Leaders can be the vendors to watch as you try to understand how new offerings might evolve. Leaders typically possess a significant, satisfied customer base and enjoy high market visibility. Their size and maturity enable them to remain viable under constantly evolving market conditions. Leaders typically respond to a wide market audience by supporting broad market requirements. However, they may fail to meet the specific needs of vertical markets or other more specialized segments.

So you can see that these evaluation criteria present high bars for achievement!

Gartner used the following input in developing this Magic Quadrant:      Analysis of approximately 300 inquiries that we received during the past year     Vendors' responses to our detailed Magic Quadrant survey     Survey of approximately 100 enterprises that used AST technologies and services


Link to Complimentary Copy of 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing

For a complete copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant report for Application Security Testing, which provides an overview of all Application Security Testing vendors in the report (including IBM) and outlines their Strengths and Cautions, click on the box below:

Full Report: 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing (AST)

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