Would you contribute enterprise software reviews? [OFFTOPIC]

I've been working with a couple of folks lately who've been trying to review and pilot Active Directory auditing solutions. Both bemoaned the fact that, unlike consumer products of nearly any kind, IT products (specifically, enterprise software in this instance), don't really get reviews from the admins who use those products.

So, I'm curious. If you could (a) anonymously, and (b) without giving your organization's name, would you (c) leave reviews of enterprise software for other admins? You'd need to leave some obvious details, like the approximate size of your organization (number of users), what you expected the software to do, what it really did, what you liked, what you didn't like, and so on.

Such a site would be a lot better (I think) than magazine or "professional" reviews, since you'd be reading the experiences of people who actually use the stuff every day. Yeah, as with any publicly-contributed content, review quality will vary - but you already know how to read between the lines, right? 😉

Drop a comment, or even send a tweet to @concentrateddon with "Reviews: YES!" or "Reviews: NO!" comment. Or if you prefer Facebook, leave that comment on my FB page. It sure seems like we IT professionals could use something like this - it'd be a good place to start researching solutions to particular problems, and a good place to share some real-world intel on how different solutions really work. Even if you don't like writing reviews, would you use such a site as part of your research process?

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Don Jones

Don Jones is a Windows PowerShell MVP, author of several Windows PowerShell books (and other IT books), Co-founder and President/CEO of PowerShell.org, PowerShell columnist for Microsoft TechNet Magazine, PowerShell educator, and designer/author of several Windows PowerShell courses (including Microsoft’s). Power to the shell!

2 Comments

  1. Reviews: YES!

    This seems like it could be a logical extension to the Scripting Games. Where the Games happen once a year and are very structured, this could provide an unstructured learning opportunity that fills the gap between Games.

    • To be clear, this wasn't about script reviews, although I can see the value of such a thing. This post was about reviews of enterprise commercial software, to benefit people who might be researching a purchase.