Competitive Performance | It Takes All Kinds
It only takes a glance at the Search Features & Facilities Competitive Performance roster to realize Cisco.com has a commanding lead over competitors.
A closer look at the list — particularly the Ranking Trend column — reveals something far more interesting: 21 out of 23 veteran eBusiness Index Websites either gain or lose ground based on Competitive Performance since our 2015 review.
This amount of movement on the roster is significant. It signals that Search Features & Facilities — typically ignored by Web teams once established — are being tended to in one way or another. Unfortunately, the fact that only half of the 25 tracked eBusiness Websites move up the rankings indicates that only some teams’ efforts are working.
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About the siteIQ eBusiness Index
siteIQ evaluated the twenty-five Websites listed on the 2017 siteIQ eBusiness Index. These Websites are categorized into eight industry-specific segments including:
- Business Software (Adobe.com, Microsoft.com, Symantec.com, Citrix.com)
- Cloud (Salesforce.com, Netsuite.com)
- Enterprise Software (CA.com, IBM Software, Oracle.com, SAP.com)
- Enterprise Systems (Dell.com, IBM.com, HPE.com)
- Network Systems (Brocade.com, PaloAltoNetworks.com, Cisco.com, Juniper.net)
- Professional Services (Accenture.com, Capgemini.com, Cognizant.com, IBM Global Services)
- Consumer Systems (HP.com, Apple.com)
- Enterprise Storage (EMC.com, NetApp.com)
These in-depth evaluations were conducted using the 2017 edition of the siteIQ eBusiness Index Best Practices Benchmark, which includes 18 distinct categories. Within each category, sites are scored based on three unique criteria:
- Website Features: The content, resources, assets, and collateral provided on any given Website. The siteIQ Best Practices Benchmark currently identifies & tracks over 1,500 types of Website features that represent typical competitive requirements. Within each category siteIQ analysts track the number — as well as quality — of features provided.
- Website Usability: The overall practicality, versatility, usefulness, and convenience of any given Website. The siteIQ Best Practices Benchmark currently includes 146 metrics that measure usability from the visitor’s perspective. Within each category siteIQ analysts score usability questions based on a strict set of standards to award between 1—100 points per question.
- Overall Performance: The aggregate suitability of any given Website that factors Website Features and Website Usability scores.
The 2017 evaluations were performed during the fourth quarter of 2016.
BenchMark Criteria by Category
Content, Features & Capabilities
Usability & Effectiveness
Category: Index Rankings
Class: Website Reviews and Rankings
Websites Profiled: siteIQ eBusiness Index Websites
- About the siteIQ eBusiness Index
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2015/2016 Index by Category:
- Navigation & Architecture | IBM, Cisco, and Oracle rule the navigation roost
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- Product Marketing | IBM makes a clean sweep while HP and Oracle follow behind
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- Support | Dell, IBM, and HP play king of the hill
- Training | IBM is king of content but EMC is queen of usability
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