IDC Manufacturing Insights Evaluates Warranty Transaction Management Software Vendors in New IDC MarketScape Report

Framingham, MA – July 16, 2012 – A new IDC MarketScape report from IDC Manufacturing Insights: IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Warranty Transaction Management 2012 Vendor Assessment (Document # MI235797), profiles and ranks key vendors in the warranty transaction management software market. Vendors evaluated in this report are: Oracle, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC)/4CS, Pegasystems, SAP, Servigistics, and Tavant Technologies.

The evaluation reveals that while all the vendors provide similar levels of basic warranty transaction management functionality, they differ in industry experience and go to market strategies. They also differ in their ability to integrate with enterprise systems such as CRM and ERP, as well as in availability of supplementary capabilities, such as warranty analytics and field service management. While all vendors indicate ability to utilize cloud platforms and some offer mobile solutions, actual implementations vary widely across the vendors, and only a few have credible use cases with tangible benefits delivered.

"In today's business climate, where product quality and warranty coverage are key differentiators, brand owners and product manufacturers need effective warranty management," said Sheila Brennan, program manager of IDC Manufacturing Insights' Smart Services and Aftermarket Strategies research and advisory practice. "They also need to fend off inefficiencies and reduce financial liability resulting from suboptimal warranty management. Organizations cannot rely on byzantine software developed in-house, or on a myriad of spreadsheets to manage warranty. They must invest in warranty management software tools that fit their business needs, support customer expectations, and that can scale and adapt to business changes."

IDC MarketScape criteria selection, weightings, and vendor scores represent well-researched IDC judgment about the market and specific vendors. IDC analysts tailor the range of standard characteristics by which vendors are measured through structured discussions, surveys, and interviews with market leaders, participants and end users. Market weightings are based on user interviews, buyer surveys and the input of a review board of IDC experts in each market. IDC analysts base individual vendor scores, and ultimately vendor positions within the IDC MarketScape, on detailed surveys and interviews with the vendors, publicly available information and end-user experiences in an effort to provide an accurate and consistent assessment of each vendor's characteristics, behavior and capability.

For additional information about this study, or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Sheila Brennan please contact Julie Crotty at 978-877-0053 or julie@attunecommunications.com. Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact insights@idc.com; reporters should email julie@attunecommunications.com

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