As a consumer, I validate my purchase decisions with product reviews. Buying software is no exception and in-depth reviews, like TEC's Benchmark Analysis should be a part of the buying process. - Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Senior ERP Analyst
Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
Before hitting the “buy” button, most people looking to buy a car or a smartphone check out at least a few reviews or product comparisons from either fellow consumers or from an expert they trust. Buying software to help run a company, however, is far more complex than buying a smartphone—there are many more purchasing factors and implications to consider. This is a case where it’s essential to seek advice from the experts—technology analysts. Their mandate is to keep tabs on software market trends and to review and write about the many solutions out there—grounded in a thorough knowledge of the market and from a perspective that is independent of the software provider.
TEC’s team of research analysts does exactly that, covering the spectrum of enterprise software including core business functionality such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), business intelligence (BI), human capital management (HCM), and more. They regularly conduct briefings with software providers to get to know the products up close so they can share their perspective on the product’s benefits and position in the market with the other side of the market equation, the software buyer.
TEC research analysts also review software products on a more extensive level as part of the TEC Certification program—an in-depth product review and benchmarking analysis. The result of the TEC Certification program is a summary of the analyst’s observations of a scripted demo of the product (commenting on ease of use, user interface, workflow, etc.) and a benchmark analysis that compares the product’s support of thousands of software requirements within a software type and specified environment against the industry average established by TEC, based on the support of these requirements by several leading solutions in the market.
As part of the TEC Certification program, a product typically undergoes a single benchmark analysis. However, recently, Infor, a provider of ERP solutions, submitted the latest version of its flagship product SyteLine to the TEC Certification program. As a multi-faceted product, SyteLine was benchmarked in four distinct major manufacturing environments, and scored well above the TEC industry average assuming a dominant market position in each. This was no surprise to TEC senior ERP analyst Aleksey Osintsev, who remarked, “SyteLine was primarily designed and developed for a manufacturing environment— therefore can support businesses operating in a multi-everything type of manufacturing environment.”
To download the product review of Infor SyteLine or other software solutions, visit the TEC Certification library. For more information about the TEC Certification program, contact 1-800-496-1303, ext. 308, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Technology Evaluation Centers Inc. (TEC)
Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is a software advisory firm helping private and public sector organizations around the world make informed enterprise software decisions—saving time, money, and heartache. The online Evaluation Centers, containing IT research and extensive software models that catalog vendors’ support for thousands of enterprise software features and functions, are the leading resources for IT decision makers around the world. By combining the online evaluation centers and providing onsite personalized advisory services, TEC has developed its offerings and solidified its unique position operating in the cross-section of the software consulting, analyst, and research markets.