SurfStats Software Questions Webtrends' Claim

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SurfStats SoftwareÂ?s CEO questions WebtrendsÂ? claims that its new version 7.5 is an industry-first with its first-party cookie tracking.

SurfStats Software’s CEO questions Webtrends’ claims that it’s new version 7.5 is an industry-first with its first-party cookie tracking.

In a press release dated May 23, 2005, WebTrends claims: “WebTrends Inc., the global web analytics market share leader, today announced the new version of WebTrends® 7, release 7.5. This release, available as an On Demand service or software, introduces new industry best practices for accurate data collection as well as enhanced interactivity, allowing customers to accelerate their time-to-business value. WebTrends assures the highest degree of accuracy through its first-party cookie solution, an industry-first for both hosted and software solutions.”

SurfStats Software’s CEO Johan Calitz says: “Our products, SurfStats Log Analyzer and SurfStatsLive Reporting Server, have been using a combination of a first-party cookies and IP Addresses to track visitors for a couple of years now!”

Johan Calitz further states: “Our main product, SurfStatsLive Reporting Server, was developed for Web Hosts to provide remote On-Demand Website Analytics and Statistics reports for their clients. It is the only product that can also provide reports down to sub-directory level on Microsoft IIS Servers as far as we know of. This feature enables sub-hosters or resellers to provide statistics for their clients. The Enterprise Edition can even provide shopping-cart and ecommerce reporting."

Prices range from $95 for the Standard Log Analyzer (10 site profile limit but expandable) to $995 for the SurfStatsLive Enterprise Reporting Server (100 site profile limit but expandable).

System Requirements:

The products are not very resource intensive and can run on entry-level P3 machines for basic log file processing. The Reporting Server Editions require the Windows 2000/2003 Server operating system. The operating system may affect the minimum hardware requirements.


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SurfStats Software develops fast and effective website analytics and traffic statistics reporting applications for Hosts, ISP’s, businesses and individuals. Well-known titles from the company include the SurfStatsLive Real-Time Reporting Service and SurfStats Log Analyzer.


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