We released 4 new FrontRunners quadrants last week. FrontRunners is a new content type targeted at helping small businesses make software purchasing decisions. For methodology and FAQ information see our FrontRunners page.
On January 31 we released updates to the September 2016 FrontRunners quadrants for Help Desk, Applicant Tracking and Customer Relationship Management. We also released a FrontRunners quadrant for a new market… Learning Management Software. They are available to the general public through the Software Advice web site. You can find them below.
Here is a look at the new LMS FrontRunners.
FrontRunners for Learning Management, January 2017
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What is new with this set of FrontRunners quadrants?
There are only two significant differences to the FrontRunners approach this time around. These changes did significantly alter the products considered.
- We tightened up our definitions of the markets covered. Originally, we were pretty broad in our definition of the markets for the four beta FrontRunners quadrants. Feedback confirmed our experience that the definitions for a few of the markets were too broad. So we defined a tighter set of core required functionality for these markets. So some products considered in the beta release no longer met the functionality inclusion criteria for the current release. We still included suites as well as pure play products if they offered the core functionality for that market.
- We collected a vast number of user reviews in the time between the September 2016 beta release and the current release. This meant that a) more products met the required minimum of 10 reviews inclusion criteria and b) in some cases there was a material change in the user ratings for a product.
In 2017, what additional markets are we planning on covering with FrontRunners quadrants?
We now have a 2017 plan for FrontRunners markets. This represents our current intentions and may change over time.
Any thoughts are always welcome.
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