I completely agree with “myusername”. There are other products (many better in my opinion than those listed) in many of these subject areas that any buyer should seriously consider before embarking upon a selection process. Is it Inside Housing policy to provide free editorial and advertising space to a small (not even market leading) niche group of suppliers to the sector?
My advice to the author and reader is do your research carefully and ensure you find and work with suppliers that have credibility and durability in the sector and a good cultural fit for your organisation. Check prices carefully. For example, if anyone is seriously charging less than 8% p.a. for maintenance and support is it a product that has durability in the sector or desperation pricing? Also check the types of pricing options quoted - many suppliers quote low prices based on a small number of users. The real costs kick in as the product gets established and the licence revenues increase as time goes on. So the real performance and efficiency gains are not as evident. Many suppliers now are offering rental models and universal licences, these are much more attractive solutions as they significantly reduce capital outlay in the short and longer term.
Times are tough in the sector and there are products out there that can deliver efficiencies, but can Inside Housing please be more realistic and fair in their approach to the topic of package selection.