PMP Group, a leader in IT orientated businesses services is set to launch the Evaluation Centre a free user service designed to help businesses build their Business and IT strategy, select appropriate suppliers and achieve effective implementation of these systems. The new service to be launched in March 2005 includes best practice templates, a web-based database of suppliers that provides detailed 22 page audited reports on vendors and their products for all key software, services and technologies, including financial reporting, CRM, ERP, Outsourcing, Data Warehousing etc.
The service also offers free telephone support for advice and technical assistance and a host of project planning tools to help with the tendering, decision-making and implementation process.
The new service is the result of a many months consultation process with business level managers, across a wide range of sectors explains Steve Markwell, Managing Director of PMP.
We wanted to create an advertising free, impartial service that concentrates on the needs of the users without the pop-ups and spam usually associated with online resources and so far the feed back has been very positive from our initial soft-rollout
The service lists over 1200 suppliers with 150 audited evaluation reports. These 22 page reports include information on products, channel strategy, support and financial statistics on a wide range of suppliers. Uniquely users of the site can request evaluation reports, which are then commissioned by PMP and delivered to the user within an agreed time frame.
Our goal is to be a conduit between users and the vendor community by offering a unique service that is driven by the users and not the needs of the advertisers. The site does not suggest that one supplier or product is better than another, it merely provides a complete set of tools to allow business managers to choose a process that is most appropriate for their business needs from strategy advice, through vendor short-listing to implementation guidelines. Markwell adds.
Feedback from the focus group previewing the service has been very positive. Steve Thornton, company accountant for Barking Powers Ltd/Thames Power Services Ltd commented, "The service is very efficient, easy to use and is well structured for end users"
Tim Spratt, Vice-President IT, Polo Ralph Lauren Europe added, The Evaluation Centre is the future of software package selection and will be key for IT Departments like ourselves"