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MGI 360 RatingsMGI 360 Ratings: Structured Intelligence

MGI 360 Ratings is designed to help technology buyers save money, time, and reduce risk when selecting a vendor.  In today’s digital economy, IT is integrated into nearly every new business initiative.  Technology markets move fast, and today’s smart buyer needs up-to-date tools to assess which solution and vendor is the best fit for their needs. Amidst the vendor hype, it’s hard to determine what a product actually does, gather input from real customers, and quickly create a short-list of vendors to seriously consider.  MGI 360 Ratings condense hundreds of hours of research into simple, easy to understand ratings and recommendations.

MGI 360 Ratings provide a single score for each vendor, and based on a scale of 1-100. Each company rating includes user recommendations for the best use cases of a given solution, and calls out in plain English when a product or vendor should be avoided.  The MGI 360 Ratings methodology delves into product features and functions, vendor viability, product implementation, integration, and support issues. Included are stack rankings of vendors – making it simple and easy to compare vendors and products. Each company rating also provides bottom-line recommendations for how to get the most value from each vendor, regardless of their overall score. This comprehensive approach to rating technology vendors is objectively structured and gives business teams and IT professionals an expert view of a market, the leading vendors, and the trade-offs that customers face when selecting a given solution.

The MGI Research CIO Council and Industry Expert Advisors provide on-going input into the ratings methodology with a goal of creating a comprehensive, yet practical assessment so users can better understand the strengths, weaknesses, and best use-cases for a given solution.  Collectively the CIO Council and Expert Advisors have procured and deployed billions of dollars worth of IT solutions.  Continuous input from the CIO Council and Industry Expert Advisors ensures the MGI 360 Ratings Methodology is current, relevant, and applicable to today’s digital business demands.

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  • Get to your short list faster
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  • Avoid implementation and support disappointment
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  • Uncover vendor shortcomings before they occur
  • Mitigate the possibility of post-acquisition “cost creep”
  • Independent, quantitative analysis free from industry hype

Deliverables

  • Ratings reports on top vendors
  • A long list of all the vendors in the space
  • An in-depth Market Analysis and Sector Ranking Report
  • Access to the Ratings team

Availability

Currently available MGI 360 Ratings

  • SaaS Billing software providers
  • Cloud Service Providers 
  • Mobile Management Tools Vendors
  • Mobile Applications Development Tools Vendors
  • More categories coming out monthly

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MGI 360 Ratings are available a la carte and via subscription which also includes analyst access. If you are interested in learning more about MGI 360 along with subscription terms and pricing, contact: Morgan Wynn, Director, MGI Research. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

MGI 360 Ratings - Details

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MGI 360 Ratings Oct 18 2013: Peer 1 Networks - Public Cloud

We are initiating coverage of Peer 1 Networks with a 60 rating and a POSITIVE outlook. 

OpinionThe company has been able to set itself apart through the performance of its cloud service which relies in part on its proprietary fiber network, by offering customers a choice among a whole range of cloud services, through focus on security, disaster recovery and failover and by structuring its customer contracts in a balanced and user-centric way. Peer 1 guarantees customers a refund if the performance metrics are not met or if there is an outage. Company still faces challenges in harmonizing its various offerings, improving its market visibility and elevating the value of its brand among a sea of numerous cloud service providers.

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MGI 360 Ratings Oct 18 2013: Connectria - Public Cloud

We are initiating coverage of Connectria in the Public Cloud/Hosting & Colocation market with a 55 rating and a POSITIVE outlook. 

OpinionThe company is well established in its niche, conservatively run by a tenured management team, and enjoys high levels of customer satisfaction. The company offerings are distinguished in two ways: 1. focus on "exotic" platforms, e.g. non-X86 hardware, 2. on cloud services requiring HIPAA and PCI compliance. We view the company product/service offering as very solid, its management team as mature and complementary in terms of skills. The nature of company ownership structure limits its ability to invest into channel expansion and broader market reach. Bottom Line: For mid-size user organizations and divisions of larger companies or for application vendors seeking a hosting solution, Connectria represents a viable choice.

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MGI 360 RATING October 16 2013: Monexa- Billing Management Systems

We are upgrading our outlook on Monexa from Neutral to Positive. We have observed that company management has made steady progress on all fronts - improving the product, adding executive talent, bringing in additional venture funding and managing engagements with progressively larger customers. While smaller in size than its immediate competitors, Monexa has demonstrated capability to attract and win deals with mid to large size customers who look for sophisticated billing management functionality. Scaling of the marketing and channel efforts, increased visibility and brand equity all remain a priority for Monexa. We would re-iterate from the original rating that Monexa has unique use cases and an above average understanding of complex enterprise IT environments.

MGI 360 RATING: Transverse - Billing Management Systems Market

We initiate coverage of Transverse with an MGI 360 Rating of 39 and a NEUTRAL outlook.

Transverse provides a cloud-based billing platform for AR processing and subscriber management. Senior management hails from the traditional on premise, high volume, complex telecom billing companies, and is working to fill the gap between the high-end enterprise systems and the very basic management of subscribers. Transverse is focused on high-end billing management – competing against the large scale solutions such as Aria and Metratech. Company has 50 staff in Austin, TX and 20 people in offshore development.

The company has developed relatively sophisticated billing management functionality that still needs to be translated into a fully robust off-the-shelf product offering. Transverse could benefit from an expanded ecosystem and improved marketing. Its brand is virtually unknown in what should be its core market. The company holds promise and with the right management focus could elevate its market share. Transverse is narrowly aimed at A/R management where the product has capabilities to attack much larger markets for complex billing in areas such as multi-tier distribution. Relative to its peer group, Transverse pricing model is attractive to customers. Beyond the modest current rating scores, finance departments seeking to add complex billing capability to their A/R systems should evaluate Transverse.

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MGI 360 Ratings Aug 1 2013: Monexa - Billing Management Systems

We are increasing our rating of Monexa from 52 to 53. The increase in overall rating stems largely from improvement in the product rating and reflects field traction that the company has been demonstrating recently with functionality aimed at larger enterprise accounts. Monexa Outlook (Neutral) and rank (4th) remain unchanged for now. We are planning to revise overall ranking in the Billing Management Software market after adding coverage of several additional vendors.

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