The Best Professional Service Automation Software According to G2 Crowd Winter 2017 Rankings, Based on User Reviews

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G2 Crowd finds Krow PSA tops satisfaction ratings while NetSuite OpenAir earns highest overall market presence score.

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G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business software review platform, today released the Winter 2017 Professional Service Automation Grid report to help businesses make the best professional service automation technology buying decision. FinancialForce PSA was named a Leader in the report, receiving a strong customer satisfaction score with a large market presence.

Kimble PSA, Krow PSA, Avaza, Mavenlink, Replicon, Accelo, Unanet and Projector PSA were named High Performers in the report, earning strong customer satisfaction marks with smaller market presence scores. Krow PSA earned the highest overall satisfaction score, while NetSuite OpenAir earned the highest overall market presence score.

The Grid leverages customer satisfaction data reported by authenticated users along with vendor market presence determined from social and public data. Based on a combination of these scores, each software solution is categorized as a Leader, High Performer, Contender or Niche.

Key Findings:

  • Setup concerns — Ease of setup was consistently an issue with PSA reviewers and it is the metric with the lowest average satisfaction rating at 77%. However, products with above-average Ease of Setup ratings are recommended at a much higher rate and often have above-average Ease of Use ratings. Also, no product with an above-average Ease of Setup rating had below-average satisfaction ratings for Quality of Support, proving the need for strong vendor assistance to implement PSA systems.

•Learning curve — A number of users felt that there is a learning curve with PSA systems. In short-answer responses, some attributed the learning curve to the breadth of features, while others noted that customizations can compound the matter. While administrators generally felt the customizations make for easier system management, some did note that it can cause training issues for the end user. Other reviewers hoped for more training guidance and documentation when implementing to help ease the learning curve.

•The importance of reporting — Reviewers consistently voiced opinions on the reporting capabilities of PSA systems; however, they were conflicted as a whole. Some were simply happy with the ability to run reports in real-time, while others wished for more comprehensive reporting data. Either way, there was no denying the importance of reporting from short-answer reviews, with many users noting how leveraging data from reports has a direct impact on improving processes and overall business growth. Reporting received an average satisfaction rating of 83%.

•Project financials — Reviewers found the ability to break down financials on a project level a major benefit of PSA systems. Users repeatedly enjoyed project accounting, budgeting, and forecasting in short-answer responses, despite these respective feature satisfaction ratings not necessarily being in line with reviewer's short-answer sentiments.

About the Professional Service Automation Software Grid report:

●The report is based on more than 429 reviews written by business professionals.

●Of the 32 products listed in G2 Crowd’s Professional Service Automation category, the ranked products each received ten or more reviews to qualify for inclusion on the Grid.

About G2 Crowd, Inc.

G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business software review platform, leverages more than 100,000 user reviews to drive better purchasing decisions. Technology buyers, investors, and analysts use the site to compare and select the best software based on peer reviews and synthesized social data. Monthly more than a half-million people visit G2 Crowd’s site. Co-founded by the founder and former executives from SaaS leader BigMachines and backed by roughly $12 million in capital, G2 Crowd aims to bring authenticity and transparency to business technology research. For more information, go to G2Crowd.com.

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