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…
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 of…
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 reviews…
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 Station…
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 multiple…
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...
Will Microsoft Windows / Hyper-V Container Users Really See the Same Benefits That Docker & Linux Container Users Do?
January 15 2016
...There are blemishes with any solution. For one user’s view into DH2i deployment realities, consider this review posted to IT Central Station, which points up DxEnterprise setup issues and issues with DH2i products that were precursors / stepping stones to DxEnterprise.
2016 DevOps Predictions
December 15 2015
While previously, many IT Central Station reviews were written primarily by DevOps Managers and Release Managers, we are seeing a jump in the number of review of DevOps tools written by other functions in IT - architects, customer service managers, middleware experts, network engineers and others. DevOps tools are set to be in the budget for…
QlikView vs. Tableau: BI Users Debate the Importance of Pretty Charts
December 09 2015
The most important buying criteria for BI tools are scalability and performance, usability, and ease of development, according to software users at IT Central Station, which hosts user reviews and product comparison guides.
BI users debate the importance of pretty charts
December 09 2015
...Other enterprise BI users at IT Central Station agreed that Tableau is extraordinarily easy for non-technical users and produces better charts, but QlikView has proponents, too, and the two products were judged equals when it comes to creating data dashboards...
Securing Your Network and Application Infrastructure
December 08 2015
IT Central Station CEO Russell Rothstein is quoted extensively about what product reviews and crowdsourced trending data are saying about the state of network and application security.
Do You Really Need Another “C” In The C-Suite?
December 08 2015
An IT Central Station review is referenced in a story about the role of a the Chief Digital Officer.
16 Ways Application Performance Impacts the Business
November 17 2015
In the APM reviews written by IT ops managers and application owners on IT Central Station, the most critical impact that app performance has on business is revenue loss. These reviewers usually give five stars to the APM solutions that help them reduce outages for revenue-generating applications.
Harnessing the Power of the Crowd for a B2B Marketing Strategy
November 04 2015
By Russell Rothstein, Founder and CEO of IT Central Station -- ...A single review can make thousands of impressions and gives your users the chance to distinguish themselves as community thought leaders and your influencers the chance to share their experiences. Reviews let users understand how products work in similar situations, and help promote…
DevOps RoundUp from Real Users of CA, New Relic, HP and More
October 22 2015
IT Central Station members have reviewed DevOps and other IT software solutions from companies such as Atlassian, AppDynamics, BMC, Chef, Electric Cloud, IBM Urbancode, Puppet Labs, and others. Our reviews are particularly helpful for IT decision makers because they come from real users who can detail the pros and cons of the solution they've used…
A Podcast with Russell Rothstein of IT Central Station
October 07 2015
Host Thom Erbé of Kea Company is joined by Russell Rothstein of IT Central Station, to learn about how the ‘Yelp of Enterprise Software’ is changing the way people purchase enterprise technology. In this podcast we are taking another deep dive into a firm who are trying to change the way enterprises spend their money on technology, and through that…
10 Crowdsourced Alternatives to Gartner Magic Quadrant, Forrester Wave
September 15 2015
For years, enterprises with deep pockets have relied on analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester for advice when making major B2B software technology purchases...IT Central Station provides a crowdsourced platform for connecting IT software buyers with peers, analysts, and experts willing to share their opinions on various software. It offers a…
Rising Stars in the Analyst Value Survey
September 11 2015
IT Central Station is included on the list of companies to be considered for next year's list of top analyst firms.
The Best Enterprise Firewalls Based on User Reviews
August 25 2015
IT Central Station is a trusted vendor neutral site that helps keep users informed in order to help them make the best buying decisions for their company. They additionally use a triple verification process including community policing, interviews, and LinkedIn to promote transparency and ensure the validity of reviews. Currently, there are 252…
Top Enterprise Firewalls According to Users
August 25 2015
Ranking anything on the Internet is usually a subjective operation unless someone aggregates the opinions of different persons. This is where IT Central Station comes into play, a website where users can review technology and share their professional opinion with others. Putting together data from 85,000 reviews gathered during 2014 and the first…
The Top Enterprise Firewalls of 2015
August 21 2015
IT Central Station, a crowdsourced platform for unbiased enterprise tech reviews, recently announced its top ten enterprise firewalls based on data from over 85,000 views from 2014 to Q1 2015. IT Central Station is a trusted vendor neutral site that helps keep users informed in order to help them make the best buying decisions for their company...
Expert Interview with Russell Rothstein with Tips for Shopping for IT Products
August 11 2015
IT Central Station also just made sense. People today increasingly check Yelp rather than a food critic's column and TripAdvisor rather than travel columns and books. IT Central Station serves a critical gap in the market with our peer content...
The Yelpification of B2B Enterprise Tech: Why All Reviews Are Good Reviews
August 04 2015
By Russell Rothstein, Founder and CEO of IT Central Station - Research from Google demonstrates that 60% percent of B2B technology buyers read product reviews before making a purchase. This indicates that what buyers want most is to interact with a community of like-minded professionals through product reviews and peer discussions...
"Yelpifying" B2B Tech Through Customer Reviews
August 04 2015
Customer reviews have become a huge factor in any large purchasing decision—and that includes the B2B enterprise tech world. Buyers are checking out what customers have to say in online reviews, so it's important for marketers to take advantage of it. Russell Rothstein calls the trend the "Yelpification" of the B2B enterprise tech space...
Why Do You Really Need Customer Reviews?
July 30 2015
By Russell Rothstein, Founder and CEO of IT Central Station. The feedback from reviews also provides businesses an important leg up in demonstrating both what consumers are happy with and what can be improved to attract more users...
18 Ways to Ensure Mobile App Performance
July 23 2015
According to IT Central Station's community of enterprise technology users, the best way to ensure that mobile applications are performing up to par is to being able to directly correlate the end user's transactions to what your infrastructure provides. The best mobile application performance solutions should be able to monitor and analyze every…