Value Indexes

Research-Based Vendor and Product Guide for Technology Buyers and Suppliers 

Each Ventana Research Value Index is the distillation of a year of market and product research efforts by Ventana Research, the premier benchmark research and advisory services firm. Built on a foundation of 14 years of business and technology research, this unbiased, fact-based index is the first such industry undertaking to assess the value of software designed specifically for the business process or function on which it focuses.

The Ventana Research Value Index is an analytic representation of our assessment of how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements. The Value Index is not an abstraction; we use a carefully crafted best practices-based methodology that reflects how organizations actually assess vendors. We believe it is a service to both organizations and vendors to take this approach, since making the wrong decisions can raise the total cost of ownership for an organization, lower the return on investment and hamper its ability to reach its performance potential. On the other hand, an organization with a successful deployment is a satisfied customer.

The Value Index evaluates the software in seven key categories. Five are product-related: usability, manageability, reliability, capability and adaptability. In ad­dition, we consider two customer assurance categories: vendor validation and total cost of ownership and return on investment (TCO/ROI). These seven categories are explained on the following pages.

After assessing information from vendors, customers and Internet we use our research-based analytics and methodology to generate the Value Index ratings. We then build them into a set of indicators that are the graphic representation of the Ventana Research Value Index. In these indicators the colors reflect our assessment of the value to the potential buyer on a scale from minimally valuable, or Frigid (blue), to very valuable, or Hot (red). The Value Index thus is both an analytic and a graphic representation of the value of vendors’ offerings based on an evaluation of what each can deliver.

The profile of user needs for which the Value Index has been developed is derived from Ventana Research’s experience in working with organizations and from our benchmark research. We use the extensive body of our benchmark research as a framework to validate the prioritizations contained in and the focus of each Value Index assessment. This approach of using benchmark research to guide the assessment of vendors and their products for use in deployment decisions is unique, blending our firm’s ex­perience, research and comprehen­sive ven­dor and product framework to yield the only reliable research-based tool for de­termining what technology users need and what products they should consider.

Our Value Index guides provide an impor­tant service; if an organization’s goal is to im­prove its maturity across people, process, infor­mation and technology, it is cri­ti­cal that it be able to select the vendor and pro­duct that will do the job best. They serve as valuable marketing documents as well: They are our independent guidance as to how well suited vendor offerings are to an organization’s needs.

Unlike the offerings of many IT analyst firms that rank vendors from an IT-only perspective and do not do research or provide advice on practices, Ventana Research has designed the Value Index to provide a balanced perspective that is rooted in an understanding of the real-world business drivers and needs of employees. Thus, using the Value Index will significantly improve an organization’s capability to achieve the levels of efficiency and effectiveness it needs to optimize its performance. This value is increasingly being recognized, making the Value Index a key performance optimization and product selection tool and more and more a companion to the RFP.

In Design

  • Data Preparation
  • Business Planning

In Collection

In Analysis

  • Next-Generation Workforce Management
  • Product Information Management
  • Sales Performance Management

Analytics and Business Intelligence 2015

The role of Business Intelligence software has grown exponentially over the last decade. And as it has grown, so too has analytics-based decision making. In order to get these high-value insights, businesses need the best tools. The Ventana Research

Business Planning 2015

Planning is a key component to all businesses, but often, the reality does not go according to plans. In businesses, this discrepancy can increase costs and waste time. But with the right tools, organizations can more closely align their plans to the

Data Integration 2012

With the rise in the use of analytics and big data, companies are dependent on the data they collect. But if the data is not formatted in a way that analytics tools can access and use it, the results produced will be incomplete or inaccurate. This is

Financial Performance Management 2013

Financial performance management software plays a critical role in organizations. These tools deal with the full cycle of the finance department, including planning and budgeting, analysis, assessment and review, closing and consolidation, and intern

Mobile Business Intellegence for 2016

Over the last 10 years, the use of analytics to make decisions in business has been making its way to the forefront, with organizations of all sizes gaining insights from analytics that were not available before. And with this changing landscape has

Payroll Management 2015

In many organizations, routine functions can be overlooked as places for improvement, and payroll management is one of those areas. With the growth of integrated systems in human capital management, the once stand-alone function of payroll is being b

Product Information Management 2015

In the information age, access is key for organizations. This is especially true for product information, where multiple areas in a business need to be able to access the same information, and have it always be up-to-date. And as the number of ways t

Total Compensation Management 2016

Compensation management used to address a very specific need, managing compensation. But as the information age has transformed how businesses utilize and leverage analytics, compensation management has grown in scale. While the main function is the

Workforce Management 2014

Workforce management goes beyond tracking time worked, it also needs to provide tools to understand employee productivity and help maximize their time. As such, the Ventana Research Value Index: Workforce Management in 2014 analyzes current products

Workforce Optimization 2016

In a growing service-based economy, every business needs to make the buying experience enjoyable, both prior and after purchase. To do this, employees need to be able to access customer and product information at any stage of the buying cycle. This i