FrontRunners quadrants highlight the top software products for North American small businesses. All products in the quadrant are top performers. Small businesses can use FrontRunners to make more informed decisions about what software is right for them.
To create this quadrant, we evaluated over 200 inventory management products. Those with the top scores for their capability and value made the quadrant.
Scores are based largely on reviews from real software users, along with other product performance details (e.g., what features they offer, how many customers they have).
Every product in this quadrant offers a balance of capability (how much the products can do) and value (whether they’re worth their cost) that makes them stand out in the race for small business software success.
FrontRunners has four sub-quadrants:
Depending on the specific needs of a software buyer, a product in any of these sub-quadrants could be a good fit.
Why? To even be considered for this FrontRunners, a product had to meet a minimum user rating score of 3.3 for both capability and value. This means that all products that qualify as FrontRunners are top-performing products in their market. Their positions in the quadrant are plotted relative to how their peers performed.
For some buyers, a specific FrontRunners quadrant might be best. For example, numerous products in the “leaders” and “masters” quadrants are full-blown ERP systems that won’t be right for some SMBs. The “pacesetters” and “contenders” quadrants, however, contain a number of point-of-sale systems with integrated inventory management capabilities, which are well-suited to the needs of smaller retailers.
You can download the full FrontRunners for Inventory Management report here. It contains individual scorecards for each product on the Frontrunners quadrant.
You can find the full FrontRunners methodology here, but the gist is that products are scored in two areas, Capability and Value.
To be considered at all, products must have at least 10 reviews and achieve minimum user rating scores. They also have to offer a core set of functionality—for example, inventory control and auditing features.
From there, user reviews and other product performance details, such as the product's customer base and the features it offers, dictate the Capability and Value scores. Capability is plotted on the x-axis, and Value is plotted on the y-axis.
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