Gartner, Inc. has positioned IBM in the leader's quadrant in three of its reports: "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Asset Management for Manufacturing, September 2008," "Magic Quadrant for Transmission and Distribution Enterprise Asset Management, September 2008," and "Magic Quadrant for Power-Generation Enterprise Asset Management Software, September 2008."
Each of the reports includes a market description for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solutions. Gartner said: "An EAM solution includes work order creation, planned maintenance, maintenance history, MRO inventory and procurement, as well as equipment, component and asset tracking for equipment. In its most-evolved form, the functionality is extended by the addition of basic financial management modules, such as accounts payable, cost recording in ledgers, and human resource management for rostering and skill recording."
In positioning vendors in its Magic Quadrant, Gartner evaluates completeness of vision and ability to execute.
According to Gartner, in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Asset Management for Manufacturing: "Leaders in this market have a global presence, a large installed base in manufacturing, strong viability and a combination of rich features including: functionality, interfaces to many different ERP (and supporting EAM) applications, and a capable and global implementation partner community."