G2 Crowd publishes Spring 2015 rankings of the best performance management software

Three platforms earn Leader status while Halogen TalentSpace tops overall satisfaction rankings in crowdsourced report

best performance management software spring 2015 g2 crowdCHICAGO – April 23, 2015 – The updated Grid℠ report for performance management software, published today by business software review platform G2 Crowd, ranks seven products to help purchasers in their selections.

The Spring 2015 report is based on data from more than 240 reviews written by HR professionals.

The Grid℠ was created from G2 Crowd’s software review platform, which compiles customer satisfaction as reported by users, along with vendor market presence as determined from public and social data, to rank products.

Performance management software is designed to align an organization’s goals, set company performance standards, and measure employee progress in pursuit of these goals. This software includes functionality for managers to provide feedback to employees through performance reviews, and set compensation and merit bonuses based on custom rules. All of the products included in the Spring 2015 Performance Management Grid℠ are part of HR Management Suites.

To qualify as a Leader, a product must receive a high customer satisfaction score and have substantial market presence. SuccessFactors, Workday and UltiPro were named Leaders. High Performers have high customer satisfaction scores with a smaller market presence than Leaders. Cornerstone OnDemand and Halogen TalentSpace were named High Performers. Halogen TalentSpace earned the highest overall customer satisfaction score.

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G2 Crowd publishes Spring 2015 rankings of the best organic search marketing platforms

Moz earns Leader status and Raven Tools tops overall satisfaction rankings in crowdsourced report

best seo platform spring 2015 g2 crowdCHICAGO – April 22, 2015 – The updated Grid℠ report for organic search marketing platforms, published today by business software review platform G2 Crowd, ranks nine products to help purchasers in their selections.

The Spring 2015 report is based on data from more than 300 reviews written by business and marketing professionals.

The Grid℠ was created from G2 Crowd’s software review platform, which compiles customer satisfaction as reported by users, along with vendor market presence as determined from public and social data, to rank products.

Organic search marketing, or search engine optimization (SEO) platforms, is designed to improve the ranking of websites in search engine results pages (SERPs) without paying for placement. These tools typically provide keyword analysis, backlink tracking, and trend analysis features to identify the best strategies to improve a website’s search relevance. Many tools also offer competitor data and broad industry analysis.

To qualify as a Leader, a product must receive a high customer satisfaction score and have substantial market presence. Moz was the only Leader named. High Performers have high customer satisfaction scores with a smaller market presence than Leaders. Raven Tools, SEMrush, Ahrefs, gShift and UpCity were named High Performers. Raven Tools earned the highest overall customer satisfaction score.

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Who’s Tops in Chicago Tech? The G2 Crowd Chicago GridScape

We take great pride in being a startup in Chicago, so we thought it would be interesting to leverage our data to look at how some of the other Chicago tech companies compare from a customer point of view and market presence.

We identified the local products on our site, plugged them into a single Grid, and plotted out the results. About 80 local products are currently listed on the site, and 19 had enough review data to make it onto our first Chicago GridScape.

Here are the results:

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A few quick notes about our methodology:

  • Only products with 10 or more validated reviews were included on the GridScape, as to have a large enough sample size for satisfaction ratings.
  • Our Grid is updated in real time, based on every new product that appears on the Grid, as well as every new review of the products on the Grid.
  • We included startups based in the Chicagoland area, not just Chicago proper.

As of March 18, 2015, here are the top 10 Chicago area business software/SaaS products, listed in order of satisfaction (not counting G2 Crowd; if we were included, we would’ve been ranked fifth):

1. Sertifi
2. Sprout Social
3. Steelbrick CPQ (Disclaimer: Steelbrick is a sister company of G2 Crowd)
4. SurePayroll
5. DialogTech
6. NumXL
7. ExpressPigeon
8. Geofeedia
9. Starfish ETL
10. Personify Live

“Customer satisfaction is most critical to SaaS companies, and it has been a key contributor to our success,” said Nick Stojka, Co-Founder of Sertifi. “We’re proud to be a leader in customer satisfaction on G2 Crowd’s Chicago GridScape. As the startup community matures, we’re seeing more companies move to growth phases that generate real revenue. Chicago is now a unique global tech hub and we’re excited to be a part of it!”

While Sertifi led the way in satisfaction, several companies competed for the top spot. “Chicago is the B2B capital of the software industry. It’s great to see so many of our companies – from startups to old-timers – doing so well,” said Fred Hoch, CEO of the Illinois Technology Association. “I look forward to seeing thousands of Chicago area companies on this Grid and leading the industry for years to come.”

The products on the Grid had a variety of satisfaction ratings, but only three companies broke into the upper half our Grid: Sprout Social, SurePayroll and SilkRoad. This indicates that while there are a number of local companies making waves, they’re still relatively small when compared to larger companies in other markets, such as Oracle, Salesforce, HubSpot, IBM, Google or SAP.

However, they are making waves. One indicator is the level of venture investment in Chicago; according to CBInsights and World Business Chicago, Chicago saw a record volume of startup investment deals in the third quarter of 2014, claiming 61 deals worth more than $1.1 billion.

“The Chicagoland B2B technology landscape is in the midst of a tremendous growth period,” said Tim Handorf, president of G2 Crowd. “Companies such as Sertifi, Sprout Social, SurePayroll and SilkRoad have built great products in Chicago that have grown to have considerable market presence.”

As the Chicago tech community grows, so will the Chicago GridScape. Look for future versions to include more companies, based on more review data.

“Chicago is a B2B world and we have a growing number of new and established businesses here which provide real and valuable services to our community and to customers nationwide,” said Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871. “Platforms like G2 Crowd, and new offerings like its GridScape, help software purchasers better evaluate these businesses, and visualize the expansive growth of the local tech scene. The GridScape also gives additional visibility to small and growing tech companies based in the Chicagoland area.”

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G2 Crowd publishes Spring 2015 rankings of the best enterprise content management systems

Perceptive Software earns Leader status while OnBase tops overall satisfaction rankings in crowdsourced report

best enterprise content management system spring 2015 g2 crowdCHICAGO – April 14, 2015 – The first Grid℠ report for enterprise content management software, (ECM software) published today by business software review site G2 Crowd, ranks 11 products to help purchasers in their selections.

The Spring 2015 report is based on data from more than 185 reviews written by business and content professionals.

The Grid℠, which is created from G2 Crowd’s software review platform, compiles customer satisfaction as reported by users, along with vendor market presence as determined from social and public data, to rank products.

ECM systems organize and distribute unstructured content. They use organizational models to impose order on data, such as branching folder schema or metadata taxonomies, and make resources easy to find through search and advanced filtering.

ECMs often allow the collaborative creation of new documents, or ensure the integrity of data through versioning and audit trails. They can automate different business processes that route data to different individuals for document assembly, form creation, or approval, and actively or automatically attach metadata.

To qualify as a Leader, a product must receive a high customer satisfaction score and have substantial market presence. Perceptive Software was the only Leader named. High Performers have high customer satisfaction scores with a smaller market presence than Leaders. OnBase, Laserfiche, M-Files DMS and SpringCM were named High Performers. OnBase earned the highest overall customer satisfaction score.

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G2 Crowd publishes Spring 2015 rankings of the best recruiting software

Two platforms earn Leader status while iCIMS Recruit tops overall satisfaction rankings in crowdsourced report

best recruiting software spring 2015 g2 crowd

CHICAGO – April 9, 2015 – The updated Grid℠ report for recruiting platforms, published today by business software review site G2 Crowd, ranks 12 products to help purchasers select recruiting software.

The Spring 2015 report is based on more than 350 reviews written by HR and recruiting professionals.

The Grid℠, which is created from G2 Crowd’s software review platform, factors in customer satisfaction reported by users and vendor market presence determined from social and public data to rank products.

Recruiting software is designed to facilitate the sourcing, hiring, and onboarding of new employees. Software included in this category primarily focuses on one or more areas of the recruiting process. Some organizations choose to use multiple recruiting tools based on their needs.

To qualify as a Leader, a product must receive a high customer satisfaction score and have substantial market presence. LinkedIn Talent and UltiPro were named Leaders. High Performers have high customer satisfaction scores with a smaller market presence than Leaders. SilkRoad, iCIMS Recruit, Jobvite, Jobscience and CATS were named High Performers. iCIMS Recruit earned the highest overall customer satisfaction score.

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