All posts by Alan Cooke

Alan is a researcher at TrustRadius who specializes in the IT and Business Intelligence software domains. He attended University College Dublin where he received his BA and MA in English Literature and Philosophy and he received his MBA from HEC Paris. He summarizes his research process as reading everything relevant, interviewing smart people, synthesizing, writing, and editing before final publication.
In The Market For Data Center Backup Software? Here’s A Spotlight On 7 Leading Products

In the Market for Data Center Backup Software? Here’s a Spotlight on 7 Leading products

Data Center Backup products have traditionally been viewed as a necessary insurance policy that buyers hope they never have to use. These products are all about preventing catastrophic data loss in the event of a natural disaster or other unforeseen event. But in the face of ever-changing threats and causes of data loss, the data center backup industry has evolved in recent years.  Some of the renewed interest in data center backup can be seen in the number of buyers researching this category on TrustRadius. Data center backup is a very mature, well-established category. Despite that, research traffic increased 30%…

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Announcing The Top Rated Password Manager Software For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Password Manager Software for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Password Manager Software for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line Password Manager products based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer.  Here are the winners: LastPass LastPass is a password manager built around maintaining user privacy. While remembering only a single master password, which is encrypted at…

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Announcing The Top Rated Disaster Recovery Software For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Disaster Recovery Software for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Disaster Recovery Software for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line products in Disaster Recovery Software based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer.  Here are the winners: Veeam Backup & Replication Veeam Backup & Replication is a disaster recovery tool aimed at virtual systems. Veeam supports planned…

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Announcing The Top Rated Nonprofit Fundraising Software For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Nonprofit Fundraising Software for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Nonprofit Fundraising Software for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line products in Nonprofit Fundraising based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. Here are the winners: Classy Classy provides a suite of fundraising tools for nonprofits. This includes the Classy Manager fundraising campaign management hub and the…

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Announcing The Top Rated Agile Development Software For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Agile Development Software for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Agile Development Software for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line products in Agile Development Software based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. Here are the winners: JIRA JIRA is a project and task management tool with support for agile development. Each project in JIRA is formed…

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Announcing The Top Rated Data Discovery And Visualization Platforms For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Data Discovery and Visualization Platforms for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Data Discovery and Visualization Platforms for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line products in Data Discovery and Visualization Platforms based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. Here are the winners: TIBCO Spotfire TIBCO Spotfire is a data analytics platform with discovery and visualization features. It offers…

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Announcing The Top Rated Antivirus Software For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Antivirus Software for 2019

Today, we awarded the 2019 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Antivirus Software. Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line  Antivirus products based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. Here are the winners: Malwarebytes Malwarebytes provides IT professionals with a fast, low-footprint anti-malware solution. It scans for ransomware, spyware, and rootkit technology, and can quarantine or remove…

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Announcing The Top Rated Unified Endpoint Management Software For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Unified Endpoint Management Software for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Software for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line products in UEM Software based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. Here are the winners: Ivanti Unified Endpoint Manager Ivanti Unified Endpoint Manager is an endpoint management tool aimed at enterprise-level organizations. Ivanti features…

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Announcing The Top Rated Outstanding IT & Dev Tools For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Outstanding IT & Dev Tools for 2019

We are excited to award 2019 TrustRadius Top Rated badges to a number of outstanding Developer & Administrator tools! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line products in IT based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. While many software categories have multiple products that earned a 2019 Top Rated badge (find them all on our blog here), this year five IT and development software categories have only one Top Rated winner. These products stand above the rest in each of their respective categories. Mobile…

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Announcing The Top Rated Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Computer-Aided Design Software for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line CAD products based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. Here are the winners: SOLIDWORKS SOLIDWORKS from Dassault Systemes is a solid modeling and CAD application suite popular among engineers at larger enterprises and also available with…

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Announcing The Top Rated Student Management Systems For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Student Management Systems for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Student Management Systems for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line product in Student Management based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. Here are the winners: Blackbaud Education Management Solutions (formerly Blackbaud K–12 ON Solutions) Blackbaud’s Education Management Solutions (formerly the “On” series of products for K-12)…

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Announcing The Top Rated Version Control Software For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Version Control Software for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Version Control Software for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line products in Version Control Software based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer.  Here are the winners: Git An industry standard, Git is a free and open-source version control system. Git is designed for fast, simple branching…

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Announcing The Top Rated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools For 2019

Announcing the Top Rated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Tools for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line products in ALM based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products. Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. Here are the winners: JIRA Software JIRA Software from Atlassian is a popular agile project management tool supporting application lifecycle management (ALM) by providing…

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See How 9 Integration-Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) Products Stack Up

See How 9 Integration-Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) Products Stack Up

Integration is fast becoming a core requirement for companies large and small as they endeavor to share data no matter where it lives, either in the data center or in the cloud. Gone are the days when data integration was an afterthought. Access to the huge volumes of data locked up in many different on-premise and cloud systems is increasingly understood as a potential competitive advantage in just about any market. But not just access. It’s also crucial to be able to combine different kinds of data with a minimum amount of effort to reveal insights that might otherwise not…

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Top 5 Comparisons To Atlassian Jira

Top 5 Comparisons to Atlassian Jira

Software development is a complex process — that’s why teams do extensive research before selecting the right project management tools. If you are just getting started in your research, you might not know where to start. A good starting place is looking at software review pages with the most traffic. Jira is one of the most frequently researched application lifecycle management tools listed on TrustRadius. This solution is a popular tool used by development teams, but it is not the only software out there. Let’s take a look at how teams use Jira, and what other options professionals take into…

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Streaming Analytics: How To Understand A Crowded Marketplace

Streaming Analytics: How to Understand a Crowded Marketplace

First things first: A Definition Streaming analytics is an emerging software space that has gained considerable prominence due to the increasing importance of big data, and specifically the Internet of Things (IoT). But what is it? Streaming analytics software makes it possible to analyze data in real time, as it happens, by plunging into the stream of live data and analyzing it in flux. This is profoundly different from analyzing data at rest. The entire business intelligence space has been working on the data at rest analysis problem for decades and the possible approaches are well understood. But the techniques…

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What Is A Data Science Platform, And Do I Need One?

What is a Data Science Platform, and Do I Need One?

What is Data Science? The best starting point is to clarify what a data science platform is and what it can be used for. There is so much buzz around data science and its close analogs machine learning, deep learning and AI, that what is actually meant by these terms continues to perplex. Data science is a technical discipline that is all about using code and data to build complex models that can make predictions in the world. Data science as a discipline uses machine learning and deep learning are techniques for building data science models. What kinds of things…

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Announcing The Top Rated Predictive Analytics Software For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated Predictive Analytics Software for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Predictive Analytics Software. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. Here are the winners in each segment, listed in order of research frequency on TrustRadius. We have also provided insights on how to pick the right predictive analytics software based on your needs and current industry trends. Overall Top Rated Alteryx Analytics SAS Advanced Analytics Anaconda MATLAB RStudio Top Rated by Enterprises Alteryx Analytics SAS Advanced Analytics IBM SPSS Anaconda MATLAB RapidMiner Studio RStudio…

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Announcing The Top Rated Functional Testing Tools For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated Functional Testing Tools for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Functional Testing Tools. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. Here are the winners in each segment, listed in order of research frequency on TrustRadius. We have also provided insights on how to pick the right functional testing software based on your needs and current industry trends. Overall Top Rated Selenium TestComplete Sauce Labs Top Rated by Enterprises Selenium TestComplete Sauce Labs Top Rated by Mid-Sized Companies Selenium HP UFT TestComplete Top Rated by…

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Announcing The Top Rated Rapid Application Development / Low Code Software For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated Rapid Application Development / Low Code Software for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Rapid Application Development / Low Code Software. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. Here are the winners in each segment, listed in order of research frequency on TrustRadius. We have also provided insights on how to pick the right rapid application development software based on your needs and current industry trends. Overall Top Rated Appian OutSystems Nintex Workflow Platform Mendix Oracle Application Express KiSSFLOW Top Rated by Enterprises Quick Base Nintex Workflow Platform…

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Announcing The Top Rated NoSQL Databases For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated NoSQL Databases for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for NoSQL Databases. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. Here are the winners in each segment, listed in order of research frequency on TrustRadius. We have also provided insights on how to pick the right NoSQL database based on your needs and current industry trends. Overall Top Rated Cassandra Redis MongoDB Amazon DynamoDB Top Rated by Enterprises Cassandra Redis Amazon DynamoDB Couchbase Data Platform Top Rated by Mid-Sized Companies Cassandra Redis Couchbase Data Platform…

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Announcing The Top Rated Relational Databases For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated Relational Databases for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Relational Databases. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. Here are the winners in each segment, listed in order of research frequency on TrustRadius. We have also provided insights on how to pick the right relational databases based on your needs and current industry trends. Overall Top Rated Microsoft SQL Server Oracle Database Oracle Database 12c DB2 Sequel Pro Top Rated by Enterprises Microsoft SQL Server Oracle Database Oracle Database 12c DB2 Top Rated…

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Artificial Intelligence: Separating Hype From Reality

Artificial Intelligence: Separating Hype From Reality

What do vendors actually mean when they say their products are “AI-driven", or “contain built-in machine learning capabilities?” (if they mean anything at all). Certainly, technology buyers have become pretty cynical about the use of these terms to sell a product. A recent Resulticks survey, reported in Adweek, found that: 47% of marketers consider AI to be overhyped 20% of marketers think vendors don’t know what they are talking about 40% of marketers surveyed say that the expression “artificial intelligence” makes them feel skeptical, and 12% feel exhausted   Let’s take a closer look at these technologies and what they…

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What Are Containers And Why Do You Need Them?

What are Containers and Why Do You Need Them?

Containers exist because they solve an important problem: how to make sure that software runs correctly when it is moved from one computing environment to another. In an agile, DevOps world, this has become more critical than ever. Agile methodologies are based on frequent and incremental changes in the code versions, such that frequent testing and deployment are required. The DevOps engineer has to manage the IT infrastructure as per the requirement of supported software code that is dedicated in a hybrid multi-tenant environment. There is a need to have the required resources for provisioning and getting the appropriate deployment…

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