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Software Comparison in 5 Easy Steps

Written By: Rahim Kaba
Published On: November 11 2011

The latest addition to Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC’s) Web-based software evaluation system, TEC Advisor, is the new Express Software Comparison Report. This report allows you to compare the strengths and weaknesses of enterprise software solutions on a functional module-by-module basis. If you’re an organization in the early stages of your software evaluation process, the “express” report is a good starting point. You’ll get the online report comparing your selected solutions free of charge in just a few minutes.

Here’s how to generate your custom software comparison report in 5 easy steps:

  1. Start TEC Advisor.

  2. Choose a software type from the drop-down menu (e.g., Discrete Manufacturing [ERP])

  3. Select the software products you would like to evaluate (in the free trial, you can select up to 3 solutions).

  4. Answer a few questions about your business requirements.

  5. Click on “Download Report” to access your online report.


TEC Express Comparison Report 1

The Express Software Comparison Report features a series of graphs comparing the overall performance of each functional module of the solutions you have selected. For example, if you’re evaluating solutions in TEC’s customer relationship management (CRM) model (comprising 1,187 criteria that reflect real-world usage), the resulting report provides a side-by-side product comparison for each of the CRM model’s five modules (Sales Force Automation, Marketing Automation, Customer Service and Support, Analytics and Reporting, and Product Technology).

If you’re interested in reviewing the comparison results at a later date or presenting the data to your colleagues, you can print the report or use the “Select a format” drop-down menu at the top of the page to export the data to XML, CSV, PDF, MHTML, TIFF, XLS, and DOC formats.

TEC Express Comparison Report 2

I invite you to try TEC Advisor now and generate an Express Software Comparison Report for your software solutions of interest free of charge.

What Next?
The express report is intended to give you a high-level overview of broad feature areas of software solutions you may be interested in evaluating further. At any time, you can select the “Start Your Analysis” path for a more in-depth software comparison via TEC Advisor’s analysis engine. There, you can assign your business priorities to the criteria comprising the model (on a scale ranging from “Not Important” to “Critical”), compare results based on your established priorities, conduct “what-if” analyses, and generate various detailed software comparison reports—complete with supporting graphs and charts—that you can use to justify your software purchase decision.
 
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