Prominent positions for Kentico, Progress & Sitecore in the Gartner Magic Quadrant

Kentico announce their arrival, Progress prove their all round capabilities & Sitecore confirm their 'leader' status in the Gartner Quadrant for Web Content Management 2016

The Quadrant research provides a broad view of the relative positions of the WCM (Web Content Management)  competitors. And as a Gold Standard partner of a newcomer to the Quadrant; Quba are glad to see their recognition.

To know more about Gartner, the value and how it can help in making decisions you can read our other blog post on 'Our thoughts on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WCMS' which can be found here. Alternatively you can listen to our Webinar 'Using the Gartner Quadrant to guide your buying decisions' which can be found here.

In summary the overall snapshot from 2015 to 2016:

  • Sitecore & Adobe still to beat at 1 and 2 respectively
  • Acquia strengthen at number 3 within the leaders
  • 3 less positioned within the leaders quadrant: SDL and Opentext moving to Challenger, with HP dropping out altogether
  • NEW: Kentico straight into challenger status 
  • Progress move out of niche to challenger status
  • Hippo move from niche to visionary
  • 2 drop out altogether. Along with HP, Microsoft drop out.

Kentico burst onto the scene

We have taken a look at the lay of the land from 2015 to 2016 through the eyes of the Gartner WCM annual research. In their latest report Gartner has recognised Kentico for their capabilities within the market, with the CMS heading straight into the challengers Quadrant, and from our point of view, there is more to come.


The past year has seen a major version upgrade to the product; currently Version 9. More details can be read in our previous blog post 'Five key takeaways from Kentico Connection 2015: A look into Kentico 9' which can be found here.

This investment in the platform has helped Kentico in securing a number of new customers, an example of which can be seen through our own Kentico project for London Luton Airport (LLA). Along with securing other new marquee customers of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HMV, Carphone Warehouse, Canadian Red Cross and BDO USA within the past 12 months.

Progress prove all round prowess

As an Elite partner to Progress, it is equally pleasing to see them rise from Niche players to Challengers as they prove their all round ability with their upgrades.


The past year has seen major improvements in key features to the product to the current Sitefinity Version 9.2. For further insight take a look at our previous blog post named 'Sitefinity Version 9 and it's Measured Evolution' which can be found here. As you can tell...we love to talk CMS!

Again, this investment in the platform has helped Progress in securing a number of high profile customers. From our perspective as developers the changes have been noticeable in terms of the feature set and speed performance. Our projects with Paypoint, The Society of Experimental Biology and Kodak Lens this year have been relatively painless. Sitefinity's current list of marquee customers includes Tata, Best Western, TeamGB, Energizer and St Lukes Hospice.

Sitecore still the ones to catch

Sitecore are well established as leaders of the Gartner Magic Quadrant and in some respects they are a long way ahead of the other .net platforms we work with.


The past year has seen a major version upgrade to the current 8.2. We've documented all the main changes in our continuously updated 'CMS version release timeline' which can be found here.

In terms of work with Sitecore in the past 12 months we have continued supporting Irwin Mitchell and completed some smaller consultancy projects. One of our most interesting Sitecore projects this year has been a training project we are still undertaking for Sheffield Hallam University(SHU). I've led a team who are delivering training to over 100 people and I've been really impressed at how flexible Sitecore is when it comes to catering for so many different levels of users.

As an inquisitive bunch ourselves, we are happy to field questions, so if you have any regarding CMS drop us a line on 0114 279 7779. 

14 Oct

Chris Bainbridge
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