Earlier this month, Verdantix published their 2016 Green Quadrant for EH&S Software. In the study, Intelex was recognized as a leader in this quickly growing and evolving market, reaffirming our mission to help our global clients build a safer and more sustainable world. We are proud to have received recognition as the vendor with the most complete set of capabilities amongst our peers.
Verdantix leverages their vast knowledge of the market as an industry leader when compiling reports like this. As such, the report provides a wealth of information to inform buyers with a high-level view of the market. So, we thought we would break it down for environmental, health and safety, and quality professionals who are evaluating EHS solutions and trying to make sense of where this market is headed.
The report, currently available directly from Intelex, is quite telling and will be a highly valuable tool for a prospective buyer of an EHS platform. Here are three ways that you can use the Green Quadrant as a tool to help you make the right choice when it comes to evaluating EHS management solutions:
An Objective Viewpoint:
These reports are written through an objective lens. Verdantix carries out a rigorous competitive analysis of all the market leaders. Before vendors are permitted to participate they need to qualify by meeting a pre-determined set of criteria – including breadth and depth of product. They also interview all of the participating companies and speak to their customers, constantly challenging their views to form the most accurate and unbiased conclusions.
The quadrant is comparative to help buyers make decisions around how various solution providers can best meet your technology and service needs or solve your specific problems. From understanding the value of using a single vendor for a comprehensive platform versus multiple point solutions, to exploring new technology innovations like mobile and big data, the report provides a unique, objective, and well informed viewpoint that will help buyers make smarter decisions about the technologies your business invests in.
Glimpse into the Future of the Market:
The green quadrant provides a high-level view into the future direction and vision of the EHS vendors in it, as well as the state of the market over the next several years. This can help you when evaluating and identifying how future-proof the solutions from the various vendors are, and set expectations around future market conditions to ensure they align with your long term EHS strategies. Knowing the state of the technology is also important when creating RFPs, mapping out possible solution scenarios, and understanding how your organization may need to evolve in line with where the market is headed. The vendors listed in a report such as the green quadrant are good indicators of where the market is headed and how you can take advantage of innovations both today and for years to come.
Understand the Difference between a Commercial EHS Platform and a Home Grown Solution:
EHS management initiatives touch the heart of your organization. As such, it’s critical to know the capabilities and functionality offered in a commercial EHS solution that may not be possible or replicable with home-grown solutions. According to the Verdantix report, some areas to keep in mind when evaluating solution providers are the vendor’s approach to user interface and design, integration across applications and workflows, and a degree of configurability to adapt to specific organizational needs.
Don’t just think of reports like the green quadrant as another piece of marketing collateral. Use the insights provided to your advantage as an invaluable tool for evaluating the EH&S options available to your organization.