How To Develop The User-Generated Content Your Brand Desperately Needs
December 27 2016
Nurturing our advocates has helped us generate more than 300 reviews across technology review websites—which made us the top-ranked solution in our product category on IT Central Station.
Application Performance Management Predictions for 2017
December 19 2016
According to reviewers on IT Central Station, it's clear that making APM data understandable to the LOB will be a major priority for 2017. IT Central Station community members are increasingly demanding that APM tools play a larger role in overall business needs and strategies. For example, an increasing number of APM tools are assigning monetary…
2017 DevOps Predictions
December 16 2016
According to reviewers on IT Central Station, it's clear that Big Data and metrics are expected to play an increased role in promoting DevOps cultures in 2017. IT Central Station community members have explained that their businesses, and particularly enterprises, are looking to generate even more data and analytics surrounding every facet of their…
Four Top Disaster Recovery Packages Compared
December 06 2016
Four of the top disaster-recovery (DR) software suites are Veeam, Altaro, Zerto, and VMware, according to reviews written by users in the IT Central Station community. But what do enterprise users really think about these tools? Here, users give a shout-out for some of their favorite features, but also give the vendors a little tough love.
Five Tools To Select The Best BI Software For The Job
December 02 2016
...One way to be aware is to use comparison web sites that can surface them and that you should at least use before making your purchase. IT Central Station provides a more technical/IT point of view on all systems from a number of IT professionals. Think of it more like a LinkedIn approach to software review (in fact you can login using your…
Face-Off: New Relic vs. AppDynamics for APM
December 02 2016
At IT Central Station, an online community where IT managers review enterprise products, both New Relic and AppDynamics have their fans, but the users are also a demanding bunch. For both APM products, the IT managers want to see improvements in the user interface, speed, and error reporting and analysis -- so they can quickly resolve problems…
Deloitte Announces Fast 50 Rising Star Winners
December 01 2016
IT Central Station is named as a winner in Deloitte's annual Fast 50 Rising Star competition. The Rising Star selection is awarded to young startups that have the fastest growing revenues. IT Central Station received the award due to the fact that its revenues grew by 446%.
Top Network Monitoring Tools
November 17 2016
According to the IT Central Station user community, the most important criteria to consider when choosing network monitoring software are scalability, flexibility and multi-tenancy. Eight of the top-ranked network monitoring software products are CA Unified Infrastructure Management, SevOne, Microsoft SCOM, FortiSIEM (AccelOps), ScienceLogic…
IT Users Review 6 Software Test Management Tools
November 14 2016
Six of the top test management solutions, according to enterprise users in the IT Central Station community, are HPE Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Tosca Testsuite, SmartBear TestComplete, Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS), HPE Quality Center (QC) and IBM Rational Performance Tester.
Face-off: SharePoint vs. Confluence for Content Management
October 26 2016
IT Central Station has produced a 46-page report that compares the two rival content-management systems, based on commentary written by enterprise users of the products. The report includes side-by-side comparisons of pricing, and numerous user comments about the strengths, weaknesses and business benefits of each product.
Six Things To Know About Crowd-Sourced Product Reviews
October 24 2016
A new breed of reviews is gaining momentum by putting the customer in the driver’s seat. I recently caught up with IT Central Station co-founder Russell Rothstein to find out what he thinks vendors should know about using his peer-review site. Here’s what he had to say.
Top Factors That Impact Application Performance 2016
October 18 2016
By Russell Rothstein, CEO of IT Central Station. From reading APM reviews on IT Central Station, I see that it is a common theme that an "unknown unknown" is what most concerns IT and DevOps managers. Examples of these "unknown unknowns" that impact app performance include factors such as the way an application responds to an unanticipated…
Five Tools For Making Sense Of System Logs
October 17 2016
Security and systems administrators discuss the best and worst features of log management products such Splunk, ArcSight and LogRhythm. According to online reviews by enterprise users in the IT Central Station community, the most important criteria to consider when choosing log management software are speed, stability, ease of use, and robust…
What IT Admins Love/Hate About 8 Top Network Monitoring Tools
October 10 2016
These reviews of select network monitoring software products come from the IT Central Station community. They are the opinions of the users and are based on their own experiences.
LinkedIn Introduces B2B Product and Service Reviews Into the Feed
October 03 2016
In the spirit of our mission to make the world’s professionals more productive and successful, LinkedIn is excited to announce strategic partnerships with IT Central Station... Starting today, reviews on all three of these online partner review sites may be shared and brought to life by members while providing product insight on the LinkedIn…
The Best (And Worst) Parts Of Server Virtualization Products
September 20 2016
Six of the top server virtualization software solutions are VMware ESXi, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Oracle VM and Citrix XenServer, according to online reviews by enterprise users in the IT Central Station community...
Tips on Buying Enterprise IT Solutions
September 15 2016
Today's buyers of enterprise IT solutions face a dizzying array of choices, configurations and vendor offers. In this interview with enterprise IT expert Russell Rothstein, we'll discuss how the IT buying process has changed, how buyers can best research a purchase, and the future of IT purchasing. We'll go in-depth on key tactics for getting the…
Top 10 Resources for Evaluating and Comparing SIEM Solutions
August 31 2016
For many IT pros, IT Central Station is a go-to resource for peer reviews. Users can either post anonymously to freely express their views or use their real names to promote their expertise, enabling knowledgeable experts, including real users and independent consultants, to share their expertise in a high-quality community of decision makers…
Six Tools For Producing A Great Mobile App Experience
August 22 2016
According to the IT Central Station user community the most important criteria to consider when choosing a mobile APM product are in-depth data visibility, strong monitoring capabilities and advanced trend analysis. Six of the top mobile APM solutions are New Relic APM, AppDynamics APM, HPE AppPulse Mobile, Dynatrace, Dell Foglight and Aternity…
Two Meta Trends Shaping the Competition
August 10 2016
By Jeb Dasteel, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Oracle.
Although consumer-focused companies were the first to be swept up in the Customer First Revolution, we’re now seeing this same shift in the B2B universe. Instead of Facebook or Yelp, business buyers prefer B2B channels such as LinkedIn and IT Central Station.
What the gig economy means for crowdsourced reviews (and how to take advantage of it)
August 10 2016
By Russell Rothstein, CEO of IT Central Station.
People might read Yelp to make a restaurant decision, rather than find a food critic article, or in the enterprise world, view technology product reviews to get an understanding of what their peers think of products, rather than jump straight into industry case studies. The immediacy of access…
IT Managers Critique Enterprise Flash-Storage Products
August 09 2016
The market for enterprise flash array storage is highly competitive, with traditional storage vendors battling against innovative startups. The top enterprise flash array systems on the market include HPE 3PAR, Tintri VMstore, NetApp All Flash FAS, Pure Storage, EMC VNX and Kaminario K2, according to online reviews by enterprise users in the IT…
Preparing for Changes Larger Than the Industrial Revolution – An Interview with Russell Rothstein
August 02 2016
We reached out to Russell Rothstein for a few questions concerning some of the biggest challenges and burning topics we face in the SaaS industry, and lucky for us, he was happy to share his thoughts and insights. The result is a great piece of innovative thinking...
CA Technologies Financial Earnings Announcement
July 27 2016
CA Technologies was positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications. IT Central Station, a leading product review site for enterprise technology, named CA Unified Infrastructure Management as the number one solution for cloud monitoring.
IT Service Desk Suites: The Features Users Love And Hate
July 13 2016
Four of the top ITSM suites are ServiceNow, Zendesk, CA Service Desk Manager and BMC Remedy, according to online reviews by enterprise users in the IT Central Station community. But what do enterprise users really think about these tools? Here, users give a shout out for some of their favorite features, but also give the vendors a little tough…
What’s All The Fuss About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?
July 11 2016
Customers want to hear what other customers have to say about: The product, their experience with the brand, durability, support, purchase decisions, recommendations … the list goes on. This is no different in the B2B space. That is why IT Central Station is such an invaluable resource for customers looking to adopt new technologies like…
4 Tools For Managing Firewall Rules
July 07 2016
Firewall security management products can help security managers monitor compliance, orchestrate device policies, optimize rules and manage firewall changes. According to the IT Central Station user community, the most important criteria to consider when choosing firewall security management software are visibility for network devices, scalability…
30 Ways APM Should Evolve
June 29 2016
From looking at the product reviews of APM solutions on IT Central Station, I see that APM users want their tools to better serve the needs of the Line of Business (LOB). Reviewers of APM solutions, whether they are DevOps managers, applications owners, CIOs or operations managers, express the need for their APM tools to offer value to their peers…
Software-defined storage: Users reveal the best (and worst) features
June 21 2016
Not surprisingly, when discussing software-defined storage products, enterprise IT managers give a high priority to simplicity and ease of use (as well as price), according to IT Central Station. Four of the top software-defined storage products on the market are Nutanix, VMware Virtual SAN, HPE StoreVirtual and Tintri VMstore, according to online…
Infrastructure Monitoring Products: Users Pinpoint The Best And Worst Features
June 03 2016
IT monitoring software probes various parts of the infrastructure -- servers, networks and applications -- and alerts IT about problems before they can cause an outage that affects the business. According to IT managers in the IT Central Station community, the most important criteria to consider when choosing infrastructure monitoring software…
Backup and Recovery Tools: Users Identify The Good, Bad and Ugly
May 17 2016
The most important criteria for choosing a backup solution include short backup windows, ease-of-recovery and role-based access management, according to IT Central Station, a peer review site for IT users. Four of the top backup and recovery solutions on the market are Veeam Backup, Acronis Backup, HPE Data Protector and IBM Spectrum Protect…
Advice From Real Users Who Have Transitioned To Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
May 16 2016
Based on feedback from IT Central Station users, the benefits of HCI are applicable across many industries, from small-medium businesses to enterprise companies and to different verticals. For large enterprises, the simplicity and easy manageability of Virtual SAN are key. Traditional storage SANs at enterprise businesses require a larger team to…
Users Describe Pros and Cons of Hyperconverged Storage Products
May 03 2016
When evaluating hyperconverged infrastructure products, IT Central Station users most often examine their price, simplicity and ease of manageability, compared to more traditional storage systems. Four of the top hyperconverged infrastructure systems on the market are Nutanix, VMware Virtual SAN, FlexPod and HPE StoreVirtual, according to online…
BI Review: Tableau, QlikView, MicroStrategy and Oracle OBIEE
April 27 2016
Enterprise users weigh in on their favorite features and offer suggestions for improvement. Four of the top BI tools in the market are Tableau, QlikView, MicroStrategy and Oracle OBIEE, according to online reviews by enterprise users in the IT Central Station community. But what do users really think about these tools? Here, they give a shout out…
What users love (and hate) about 4 leading firewall solutions
April 25 2016
Four of the top firewall solutions on the market are Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA, Sophos UTM and Palo Alto Networks WildFire, according to online reviews by enterprise users in the IT Central Station community. But what do enterprise users really think about these tools? Here, users give a shout out for some of their favorite features, but also…
25 Advantages of DevOps
April 19 2016
Members of the IT Central Station community say that the #1 most important advantage is time-to-market. The ability to bring new revenue-generating services online faster is a key theme included in product reviews written by DevOps professionals in their reviews of APM, build automation, configuration management, release automation, service…
What Users Love (And Hate) About 4 Leading APM Tools
April 05 2016
Four of the top APM solutions on the market are AppDynamics, CA APM, Dynatrace and New Relic, according to online reviews by enterprise users in the IT Central Station community. But what do enterprise users really think about these tools? IT Central Station community members give a shout out to some of their favorite features, but also give the…
What Are Real Users Saying About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure In 2016?
March 24 2016
As CEO of IT Central Station, I can share with you my analysis into issues that users have faced with traditional storage solutions, emerging trends in the enterprise technology space, as well as the type of storage solutions I expect to become more popular through 2016...
What Did Real Users Say About Business Intelligence Tools in 2015?
March 18 2016
When it comes to Business Intelligence solutions, the IT Central Station community ranked the following solutions the top BI tools of 2015: Tableau, QlikView, Microsoft BI, Oracle OBIEE, and MicroStrategy. This ranking is based on four major buying criteria: scalability and performance, usability and UI, ease of development and mobile/cloud based…
Peer Reviews Matter – How QuickBase Built Its Advocacy And Reviews Initiative
March 17 2016
We’re working on a strategy where our sales team is enabled to use peer reviews as part of the sales process. Prospects are going to find them anyway, so it can be part of the guided experience if a sales person does a demo and says, “Hey, here’s a link to our profile on IT Central Station.. Why don’t you check out how people rank us versus our…