i'm doing research on the various application test management vendors and i'm trying to figure out who's real and who's not. basically, are the reputations deserved. i recall a couple of years ago I2 was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread, but time proved that to be wrong. does mercury have the best products on the market, how does it stack up to the competition feature/price...what are their shortcomings? does anyone have any horror stories they'd like to share?
not switching professions...doing primary research on the various players for investment purposes. actual user information/opinions/experiences are infinitely more valuable to me than what wall street sell side analysts have to say.
dont get me wrong i'm not going to go out and immediately buy a stock b/c someone says they like the software... think of it as finding triangulation points and unearthing issues that arent readily apparent through reading public filings... half the struggle is knowing what questions to ask, the other half is burning through the marketing and pr hype. pour all the ingredients together and burn it in a crucible and hopefully u end up closer to the truth.
sorry if i sound metaphysical...maybe its all the patchouli i wear.