The IT analyst research firm, Gartner Inc., released its annual Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software Thursday. The report analyzes 22 electronic data discovery software vendors. The most notable observation about this year’s Magic Quadrant is how little difference there is from the 2013 report. Does a static Magic Quadrant mean a stagnant EDD market?

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is a closely watched barometer of the EDD market. The company is one of many research organizations that track EDD trends, including my employer, 451 Research, Forrester Research, International Data Corp., and others. Gartner launched its Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software in 2011, and has developed Magic Quadrants for other IT markets.

The report designates the vendors into four categories: “Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players.” Although these was some movement within categories, this year’s analysis remains essentially the same as last year’s—with only one vendor dropping out, two vendors changing categories and no new vendors entering this year’s matrix of vendors.


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