Why I Don’t Talk About Software

It might seem strange that on a Performance Analysis website there is almost no mention of Performance Analysis software. It’s not an accident. There have been times when I have come across a story that might be interesting, but if it could be seen as an endorsement or promotion of a product – I bin it.  When I started this site back in 2008 I purposely choose not to talk about software.  There are a few reasons for this.

First and foremost I wanted to offer a platform for analysts around the world to learn and share ideas without feeling like they were constantly being sold something or that any advice was slanted in a particular way. I genuinely believe the site is much the better for being product free. Only where appropriate have I mentioned particular products.

Secondly it is very difficult to offer advice on which software is ‘best’. Most people become an expert in one particular software and have no need to learn another one.  Who’s to say that if they set their mind to it with other software wouldn’t be the preferred choice? Most people get to a point when they are comfortable with what they have and don’t really need to learn something new. As I have not become an expert in everything on the market I don’t like to comment publicly.

Finally, and the reason for writing this rant post, is that I think it’s unfair when people pretending to be ‘Independent’ are promoting or offering advice on which software is best or only discussing one product. Some of these people might be doing it because they genuinely believe they are right or maybe their buddies with somebody, but I know in a few cases where they have a vested interest in promoting the product they are talking about while at them same time claiming to be an independent source. Its unfortunate but perhaps inevitable. My advice is gather as much information as you can, don’t just buy something because X team use it (they might have been paid to say that) and lastly check who is telling you ‘this’ software is the best.



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