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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.

Key Benefits

  • Get to your short list faster
  • Reduce project risk
  • Avoid implementation and support disappointment
  • Ensure a healthy supplier relationship and strong vendor support
  • 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

Pricing

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

MGI 360 Ratings Description (Download)

MGI 360 Ratings Oct 16 2013: AirWatch - Mobile Management Tools

We are initiating coverage of Airwatch with a 70 out of 100 rating and a POSITIVE outlook. 

Opinion: With over $100 Million in revenue (MGI est.) Airwatch is the largest independent supplier in the market for Mobile Management Tools with solutions for Device, App and Content Management. The company is aiming to rapidly build its market share through a build-and-acquire approach and aggressive pricing. While basic mobile device management is being commoditized rapidly, the company hopes to build to a critical mass and drive revenue in Apps and Content Management in large enterprise accounts. The company focus is on Cloud, but largest deployments to-date are on-premise. The company has an R&D organization of 500+ people. Field data reflects generally positive customer reviews of product and service with some gaps that are typically quickly addressed by Airwatch support.

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Download this file (MGI Research Tech Co Rating AIRW MMT 2013-10-16.pdf)Airwatch MGI 360 Rating Oct 16 2013 MMT

MGI 360 Ratings Oct 16 2013: MobileIron - Mobile Management Tools

We are initiating coverage of MobileIron with a 70 out of 100 rating and a POSITIVE outlook. 

Opinion: The company, led by the original team of founders and executives, has created a robust platform for securing and managing corporate mobile environments and is ramping up its worldwide network of resellers and partners. Customer feedback is generally positive as company has managed through some mixed support issues in recent history. There is field evidence that MobileIron strategy of building out seats and add-on capability is getting traction. MobileIron offerings fit best into cases where customers need granular, on-premise control of mobile device security and applications with some amount of customization. We believe the company has addressed lingering concerns about high end scalability.

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MGI 360 Ratings Oct 18 2013: Firehost - Public Cloud

We are initiating coverage of Firehost in the Public Cloud market with a 55 rating and a NEUTRAL outlook. 

OpinionFirehost is aiming to carve out a niche within the broader public cloud by focusing on customers that require highly secure and compliant cloud environments with concentration in healthcare (HIPAA), payment cloud (PCI) and EU privacy. The company is transitioning from smaller early adopters to mid and larger sized enterprise accounts while fine tuning its business plan to scale up and close the gap between depth of its product offering on the one hand and the need to build management, channels, marketing and financial depth on the other. Customer feedback is very positive. Firehost is a viable choice for users seeking compliant clouds and a provider willing to go beyond standard terms of service.

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Download this file (MGI Research Tech Co Rating FHST HOST 2013-10-18.pdf)MGI 360 Rating Firehost OCT 2013

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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Download this file (MGI Research Tech Co Rating PEER HOST 2013-10-18.pdf)MGI 360 Rating Peer 1 Networks OCT 2013

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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Download this file (MGI Research Tech Co Rating CRIA HOST 2013-10-18.pdf)MGI 360 Rating Connectria OCT 2013

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