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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
30 Must-Have Tools to Support DevOps
March 16 2016
DevOps professionals on IT Central Station have recently written over 30 product reviews of release automation tools. Reviewers talk about how the best-in-class release automation tools help them achieve zero-touch deployment and support continuous deployment. Read Russell Rothstein's latest blog on DEVOPSdigest: DevOps RoundUp from Real Users...
Act-On vs. Hubspot vs. Marketo: 3 Top Marketing Automation Tools Compared
March 15 2016
If you’re in the process of researching marketing automation solutions, Marketo, Act-On and Hubspot are probably on your short list. These reviews of select marketing automation products come from the IT Central Station community. They are the opinions of the users and are based on their own experiences.
Online Review Sites Can Drive Conversions
March 11 2016
Online reviews are an important resource for B2B buyers, meaning that B2B marketers should be keeping a close eye on B2B review platforms to make sure they aren't being left out of the conversation. Platforms such as IT Central Station provide communities where B2B buyers can leave reviews and gain insights on business solutions, and these sites...
How to Stay Ahead of Your Competition
March 09 2016
Understanding how your customers perceive you versus the competition is critical to success. Various services deliver useful crowd-sourced and social intel; Google analytics can help you understand specific online behaviours; and customer review sites, such as IT Central Station, are great sources of customer opinion.
Tableau Named Top Analytics Tool by the 'Yelp of Enterprise Technology'
March 04 2016
We live in a time when what a customers says about a business is weighted far greater than what that business says itself. Said another way: Yelp has replaced the restaurant website as the authority on where to eat. So we loved to see that Computer World’s IT Central Station—the “Yelp of enterprise technology”—listed Tableau as its top-rated...
Does Your 5 Star Rating Really Matter?
March 01 2016
Companies like IT Central Station and Gartner have launched IT peer review services to help enterprise professionals evaluate technology solutions based on customer experiences. Online reviews change the game in how consumers, and now, IT professionals, are evaluating products and services, and ultimately making buying decisions...
Review: 5 Application Security Testing Tools Compared
March 01 2016
Ready to find out what enterprise users really think about HP Fortify on Demand, QualysGuard Web Application Scanning, Checkmarx, WhiteHat Sentinel, and SonarQube? Buckle up. Here, in their own words is what users say are the standout features (and greatest shortcomings) of each of these products...
New for 2016: APM Roundup from Real Users of CA APM, AppDynamics, New Relic and Dynatrace
February 29 2016
IT Central Station provides a platform for real users to give in-depth reviews for a wide range of enterprise technology solutions. With an active community of over 130,000 users adding their expert reviews to our site, we’ve become a vital source of trusted information about enterprise technology. I’d like to share some of the newest APM...
Report Ranks the Top 100 Enterprise Solutions
February 23 2016
Government IT managers looking for best-of-breed solutions might want to check a new report that flags the top 10 products in each of 10 categories. The “Top Rated Enterprise Technology” report by IT Central Station and IDG Enterprise ranks enterprise tools and solutions by considering buyer intent, the total number of reviews on IT Central...
What Users Love (And Hate) About 4 Leading Identity Management Tools
February 22 2016
This article analyzes real user reviews on IT Central Station of the top identity management products including Oracle Identity Manager, CA Identity Manager, IBM Tivoli Identity Manager, and SailPoint IdentityIQ.
User Review Site Ranks Newer Enterprise IT Vendors Above The Old Standbys
February 17 2016
IT Central Station, a site that collects reviews of enterprise IT products, pulled together a report that ranked enterprise IT products in a variety of categories. While the likes of Microsoft, IBM and HP pop up in a few lists, what is most interesting is the number of newer companies taking top spots. The report ranked products based on...
Top 100 Enterprise IT Products Based on User Reviews
February 16 2016
Enterprise IT buyers trying to figure out which products should be on the "short list" for the procurement process have a new, crowdsourced resource: A just-published report from IT Central Station that identifies the top 10 products in 10 tech categories based on user reviews.
Marketing Technology Stack Building Tips For Busy CMOs
February 12 2016
Consulting crowdsourced review sites such as IT Central Station and others will show you how peers rate their technology investments...