The New Edition of "The Definitive eCommerce Platform Guide 2010 for Small and Medium business" is Now Available for Immediate Download

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The "Definitive eCommerce Platform Guide 2010 for Small and Medium Business" contains 102 e-Commerce Platforms in the Hosted, Licensed and Open Source model and is the most comprehensive review of eCommerce Platforms and Solutions available to date.

Your work saved us months of eCommerce software evaluations. This is the most comprehensive eCommerce Platform report of it's kind on the web today. A REAL GEM!, the leading independent eCommerce Platform Consultancy firm based in Melbourne, Australia, announced today the newest release of "The Definitive eCommerce Platform Guide 2010 for Small and Medium Business".

With over 400 eCommerce platforms to choose from, knowing how to choose the right eCommerce platform for your business can be a daunting task. Even if you allowed two hours reviewing each eCommerce platform equates to over one hundred business days. "It doesn't have to be like that" says Jon Hos, that has reviewed over 400 of them in the past 12 months.

"There are so many good platforms in the marketplace, hosted, licensed or open source, but the smart investment of time for the eCommerce buyer ought to be with four or five shortlisted providers at the most" says Jon. That's what the newest edition of their report "The Definitive eCommerce Platform Guide 2010 for Small and Medium Business" achieves for companies who do not have the knowledge or time to evaluate in detail all their eCommerce options.

Jon goes on to say "Over 55% of companies re-platform their eCommerce website within 18 months of initial implementation. That is a massive investment of time and money which essentially has to be re-invested again due to initial tender evaluations gone wrong".

eCommerce platform or shopping cart software has evolved in leaps and bounds over the past decade, and the average small business owner initially feels overwhelmed with the surplus of choices available. Our report de-mystifies the eCommerce marketplace, firstly by educating our customers of their options and then through functional requirement gathering narrowing the field to only a handful of providers.
Out of the 102 platforms reviewed we found that:

  •      In the Hosted eCommerce hosting platform market 40% of providers have a product starting from under $50 per month,
  •      $100 - $200 per month is the "sweet spot investment" to run a top end, world leading hosted eCommerce website.

From all the Licensed platforms we found:

  • 66% of providers have a product starting from under $1000,
  • Another 24% have products in the range $1000 - $5000.
  • A growing trend is for vendors with licensed solutions to provide a hosted equivalent of their solution.
  • While Open Source eCommerce solutions are becoming strong contenders with commercially backed business models.

"When we started this we also felt overwhelmed with all the platforms much like our customers felt. We started from over 400 platforms but through a detailed analysis checklist shortlisted 102 to review in detail with a two page analysis per eCommerce company. The 2010 report does not aim to rate platforms against each other. Rather the aim was to match the right platform with your business needs and budget.

That is why in this report we provide platforms which are suited to

  •     A particular company size, SOHO, SMALL and MEDIUM enterprises,
  •     Platform types (open source, hosted and licensed),
  •     Business roles - Business Owners, Business Executives, Web Developers, Web Entrepreneurs, Resellers as well as Vertical or Low Cost Solutions.
  •     and eCommerce website development budget between $0 - $50,000.

As usual they are the strong performers, but we also found some very useful platforms especially for niche industries operating in vertical market segments.

"We must say we are rather pleased with the response so far" Jon adds. "But the real value is to our customers who save months of software evaluations and can spend their dollars elsewhere"

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( A sample of Hosted Platforms which came up strong were:,,,,,,,,,,,    

A sample of some Licensed or Open Source Platforms which came up strong were:,,, )

Founded by Jon Hos in 2008 following a successful sale of his eCommerce development company, is a niche consulting firm specializing in eCommerce tender evaluations for small and medium businesses. Located in Melbourne Australia, but with a global reach, and unique in-depth analysis of the eCommerce marketplace our industry reports are being used by thousands of small business worldwide to help them improve their eCommerce operations. Having been involved in eBusiness since the mid 1990's, Jon has founded and sold three companies, his latest in 2008 to private investors in Australia.

Jon and his team is currently solely focused on consulting and researching the eCommerce marketplace with reports and insights that add real business value to small business.


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