We are thrilled to announce that Ardoq has been named a Leader in the 2023 Gartner® Magic QuadrantTM for Enterprise Architecture Tools report for the third year in a row.
Ardoq provides dynamic, data-driven insights and visualizations to help businesses make better decisions, faster. We believe that our inclusion as a Leader for the third consecutive year in the Gartner® Magic QuadrantTM for EA tools report acknowledges Ardoq’s position in the Enterprise Architecture (EA) space.
What Does It Mean to Be Included as a Leader by Gartner® in the 2023 Magic QuadrantTM for Enterprise Architecture Tools?
Gartner® delivers actionable and objective insights to business executives and their teams. The Gartner® Magic QuadrantTM is a first step in understanding the technology providers that might be considered for a specific investment opportunity. It provides a graphical competitive positioning of four types of technology providers, ‘Leaders’, ‘Visionaries’, ‘Niche Players’, and ‘Challengers’, in markets where growth is high, and provider differentiation is distinct. Magic Quadrants help to quickly educate business executives about a market’s competing technology providers and their ability to deliver what end users require today and in the future.
We believe this recognition is down to acknowledgment of Ardoq’s growth and expansion across all our markets - both in North America and Europe, our improving accessibility and user experience, and the added value that Ardoq’s use cases offer our customers.
“EA tools help envision, model and plan for the future of the enterprise, with features to continuously evolve business and operating models. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders should select EA tools that support long-term transformation, modernization and innovation goals.”
Navigating Change With Confidence in Turbulent Times
Ardoq has experienced an extraordinary period of growth, culminating in a Series D funding round of $125 million. This investment has allowed us to expand our team to include a new Professional Services group, offering our customers even greater bespoke support at every step of the customer journey on top of our existing customer success team. As a result, we are scaling appropriately to support even the largest enterprises across all of our global markets.
Nevertheless, we know that the volatile socio-economic environment in 2023 has presented significant challenges for many businesses. Factors such as rising fuel costs, increased interest rates, and the anticipation of recessions have added to the difficulties faced by even the largest and most successful enterprises.
In these turbulent times, Enterprise Architecture (EA) solutions become ever more critical for successful, sustainable business. EA solutions empower enterprises to streamline their processes, systems, data, and infrastructure, which in turn are pivotal for optimizing operations, enhancing productivity, and improving customer satisfaction. The overview and insights that EA solutions provide enable enterprises to be more resilient and thrive amid unpredictable economic fluctuations.
A Leading Cloud-Native, Flexible Enterprise Architecture Tool
Ardoq is a digital-native SaaS (software as a service) solution that is continuously updated, allowing us to deploy and iterate new functionality rapidly. Our platform is highly configurable, providing best practice guides tailored to our customers' specific needs. Importantly, unlike other EA vendors, these use cases aren’t hard-coded into our platform.
Ardoq serves as a comprehensive information repository, housing both data and out-of-the-box best practices within a single platform. This enables customers to visualize connections and seamlessly transition into new use cases, eliminating the need to purchase, manage, and import data into separate systems. Importantly, once the data is in Ardoq, it can be easily shared and configured for different insights and objectives across the organization. Our customers can then expand their model as their enterprise architecture practice matures and their organizations evolve. In the same way, we can easily extend our offering without spending hours rewriting and deploying new code. Our platform’s agility and flexibility is supported by our commitment to information security, meaning that our customers can rest assured that their data is safe in Ardoq.
Key to Ardoq’s flexibility and quick time to value is our vast suite of integrations. For our customers, this means easy integration of Ardoq into existing workflows and with existing tools. Our integrations include key applications such as Excel and ServiceNow, allowing us to be part of the enterprise’s fabric more easily. For Ardoq partners, this means being able to leverage Ardoq’s powerful graph database and visualization capabilities to speed up their time to value, allowing them to deliver customer value that scales across different industries and geographies. Our integrations also make us an excellent fit for joint business development with software providers in a growing ecosystem of innovative solutions.
Ardoq’s ability to automate key functions of Enterprise Architecture also makes us unique. For example, Ardoq automates data collection via Surveys and real-time integrations. This facilitates the crowdsourcing of information, automatically visualizing and analyzing the resulting data to quickly deliver value to our customers. Such automation also helps Enterprise Architects and their teams shift focus to analysis and exploration, dedicating more time and resources to engaging with stakeholders to drive business change.
Innovating Our User Experience to Democratize Data and Enable Decision-Making
We believe that EA data needs to be accessible to everyone in a business, regardless of their role. If only a handful of professional EAs can access and understand the EA-harvested information, its use is extremely limited. To overcome this challenge and to fully democratize data, we’ve developed Ardoq Discover, a self-service ‘Google-style’ user interface (UI) that brings the possibilities that EA data offers closer to business users and decision-makers.
Discover is designed so that virtually anyone in a business can access and query enterprise architecture data and contribute directly via Ardoq Surveys and Broadcasts. Opening up EA data to the rest of the organization means businesses can search for, coordinate, and contribute to making universal decisions quickly without needing an Enterprise Architect to extract and translate the findings.
Using New Enterprise Architecture Tools To Keep Sight of Strategic Goals While Maintaining Efficiency
Leaner Businesses for Leaner Times
When starting their EA journey, the first stop for many businesses is to regain control of their applications. Applications range in complexity, and as businesses are going through change, so does the number of applications.
As organizations expand, hire new staff, venture into new geographies, or work to optimize their business to meet market demands, they need to keep track of how applications are used. Traditionally, capturing information about these applications (who owns them, who’s using them, subscription renewal dates, etc.) is labor intensive. IT organizations would need to talk to staff, manually log the findings of these conversations into spreadsheets, and present their findings to leadership. Leadership would then need time to discuss these findings before deciding on what to do next. Most businesses don’t have the time or resources for these tedious tasks at the best of times, and even less in the current business climate. This is where application rationalization comes in handy. Application rationalization automates much of the process of sourcing and analyzing data, providing actionable insights and “quick win” recommendations to keep your application portfolio lean and transparent.
Dynamic Insights to Keep Strategic Goals on Track
Further insights into how enterprises are operating can be uncovered using Business Capability Modeling and Business Capability Realization. These Enterprise Architecture techniques create a dynamic overview of a business, something that’s critical for keeping sight of strategic goals and tracking how projects are progressing. All these insights are crucial for helping business leaders see how their applications are connected to critical value creation and which are not. The result with EA insights is a speedier process to getting a leaner application portfolio that is more cost-effective without affecting the business’s capacity to deliver products or services.
Collectively, these new EA processes improve ROI and drastically reduce the time usually needed to reach conclusions, helping businesses reach strategic objectives while operating as efficiently as possible. Grasping such insights and obtaining an overall view of a business is essential, regardless of the fiscal climate.
We believe our inclusion as a Leader in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture tools report confirms this. In times of economic volatility, the types of EA use cases that Ardoq offers could be considered a “must-have” for the enterprises of today who still want to be here tomorrow.
See how Ardoq can help everyone in your business harness the power of new Enterprise Architecture and make better decisions faster.
- Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools, 20 November 2023, Andrew Gianni, et.al.
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