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With an inbuilt phone system and an array of smart features, Freshdesk allows you to set up your very own call center on the cloud in just a few minutes. Read more about Freshdesk
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With an inbuilt phone system and an array of smart features, Freshdesk allows you to set up your very own call center on the cloud in just a few minutes. Read more about Freshdesk

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Zendesk is a leading customer care software used in call centers and already trusted by over 200,000 customers worldwide. Read more about Zendesk
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Zendesk is a leading customer care software used in call centers and already trusted by over 200,000 customers worldwide. Read more about Zendesk
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Call Center Category Leaders Q1 2019

GetApp's quarterly ranking showcases the leading 10-15 Call Center apps based in the cloud. Each app is scored using five factors, worth 20 points each, for a total possible score out of 100. These factors include user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, functionality, and security. Each app's score is independent of commercial interests and existing relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

Scroll down for more details about inclusion criteria and scoring.

Score
ReviewsIntegrationsMobileFunctionalitySecurity
74
74
Reviews 14/20
Integrations 18/20
Mobile 18/20
Functionality 12/20
Security 12/20
70
70
Reviews 20/20
Integrations 15/20
Mobile 16/20
Functionality 19/20
Security -/20
65
65
Reviews 15/20
Integrations 7/20
Mobile 8/20
Functionality 17/20
Security 18/20
60
60
Reviews 16/20
Integrations 13/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 16/20
Security -/20
59
59
Reviews 14/20
Integrations 8/20
Mobile 6/20
Functionality 17/20
Security 14/20
56
56
Reviews 16/20
Integrations 8/20
Mobile 16/20
Functionality 16/20
Security -/20
54
54
Reviews 17/20
Integrations 12/20
Mobile 7/20
Functionality 18/20
Security -/20
53
53
Reviews 17/20
Integrations 3/20
Mobile 16/20
Functionality 17/20
Security -/20
50
50
Reviews 16/20
Integrations 7/20
Mobile 0/20
Functionality 14/20
Security 13/20
50
50
Reviews 13/20
Integrations 7/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 16/20
Security -/20
42
42
Reviews 10/20
Integrations 5/20
Mobile 0/20
Functionality 12/20
Security 15/20
42
42
Reviews 15/20
Integrations 3/20
Mobile 6/20
Functionality 18/20
Security -/20
41
41
Reviews 17/20
Integrations 7/20
Mobile 0/20
Functionality 17/20
Security -/20
41
41
Reviews 15/20
Integrations 11/20
Mobile 0/20
Functionality 15/20
Security -/20
40
40
Reviews 13/20
Integrations 12/20
Mobile 0/20
Functionality 15/20
Security -/20

What is Category Leaders?

GetApp’s Category Leaders graphic identifies leading cloud-based software products in the Call Center software category. If you’re a business owner or decision maker who is evaluating Call Center technology options for your company, Category Leaders is for you.

The ranking highlights key factors that small businesses should consider when assessing which software products may be right for them. These factors include user perception (“user reviews”), compatibility with other systems (“integrations”), mobile offerings (“mobile”), technical capabilities (“functionality”), and product security (“security”).

To create each Category Leaders ranking, our research team typically evaluates hundreds of products in any one category. The 10-15 with the highest scores become Category Leaders.

What makes a product eligible for Category Leaders?

Category Leaders is focused on the North American Call Center software market. To be eligible for inclusion, products must offer a core set of functionality, as determined by our research analysts, who provide coverage of and have familiarity with products in that market. Please see the “Functionality” section below for additional details on the core set of functionality we define for the Call Center market.

Since Category Leaders is intended to cover the Call Center market at large, individual analysts use their market experience and knowledge, existing market-based research, and small business software buyer needs analysis to assess an application’s suitability for a given category depending on whether it can reasonably be expected to be relevant to most small business buyers across industries searching for a system with a strong focus on Call Center capabilities.

In addition, a product must have at least 20 unique user-submitted product reviews across the three Gartner Digital Markets web properties: softwareadvice.com, capterra.com, and getapp.com, and those reviews must be published within 18 months of the start of the analysis period. The analysis period for the Q1 2019 Category Leaders update is May 9, 2017 to November 9, 2018.

How are the scores calculated?

An app’s score is calculated using five unique data points, each scored out of 20, resulting in a total score out of 100. The ranking and scoring methodology ensure complete impartiality and independence from any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

User Reviews

Review scores are calculated using weighted reviews collected from GetApp and its sister sites, Software Advice and Capterra. This score is based on average user ratings (on a scale from 1 to 5) of how satisfied users are with a product overall. The scoring includes ratings left within the previous 18-month period; ratings that are more recent are weighted more heavily.

The methodology calculates the percentile ranking for each product relative to all other products in the software category that have qualified for inclusion. That percentile ranking is then translated into a 1 to 20 score.

Integrations

Integration scores factor in a number of variables. Up to 16 points are awarded based on the number of integrations an app has. The first 10 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the category average, while 4 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the leaders in the category. An additional 5 points is awarded for an integration with Zapier, a widely used software integration platform, while an extra point is given for having an open API. The total possible score for integrations is 20 points.

Mobile Platforms

Mobile scores are calculated based on the availability of an iOS and Android app. Five points are awarded for the presence of each app, with an additional 10 points awarded for the number and average rating of reviews in both the App Store and Google Play. These review scores are calculated on a scale based on the category average for a maximum of 5 points per platform and an overall maximum score of 20.

If there isn’t a native iOS or Android app, the product’s website is assessed using Google’s PageSpeed Insights to measure mobile usability. A score out of 100 is given, then scaled to a score out of 5 for a maximum of 5 points.

Functionality

Functionality scores are assigned based on a combination of two assessments: user ratings and functionality breadth data.

Fifty percent of the score is based on average user ratings on a scale from 1 to 5 of how satisfied users are with the product’s functionality. The scoring includes ratings left within the previous 18-month period; ratings that are more recent are weighted more heavily.

The methodology calculates the percentile ranking for each product relative to all other products in the software category that have qualified for inclusion. That percentile ranking is then translated into a 1 to 10 score.

The other 50% of the score is based on a functionality assessment of the product. For each software category, our research analysts define a core set of features that a product must offer, as well as additional “nice-to-have” common and optional features. For the Call Center category, we identify the following set of features:

  • Core features: automatic call distribution, computer telephony integration (CTI), monitor/whisper/barge functionalities, and call reporting.
  • Common features (at least one of the following): progressive dialing, predictive dialer, call scripting, call recording, interactive voice response (IVR), and agent desktop.
  • Optional features: campaign management, escalation management, knowledge base, and live chat.

Products are assessed according to how many of those pre-defined features they offer, and products with more features receive a higher score. We use this data to calculate a product’s percentile ranking, which allows us to determine how products compare relative to one another rather than determine an absolute number.

All told, a vendor can receive up to 10 points based on user ratings and up to 10 points based on the features assessment for a total maximum score of 20 for “functionality.”

Security

Security scoring is calculated using answers from a vendor-completed survey. The questions in the survey are based on the Cloud Security Alliance self-assessment form as part of the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry, supplemented by the expertise of our security research experts. Each answer in the 16-question survey is assigned a point value. The scoring then calculates the percentile ranking for each product relative to all other products in the software category that have qualified for Category Leaders consideration. That percentile ranking is then translated into a 1 to 20 score.

In the event of a tie, each data point is weighted for importance, with security taking precedent, followed by reviews, integrations, mobile apps, and functionality, respectively.

External Usage Guidelines

Providers must abide by the Category Leaders External Usage Guidelines when referencing Category Leaders content. Except in digital media with character limitations, the following disclaimer MUST appear with any/all Category Leaders reference(s) and graphic use:

GetApp Category Leaders constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, GetApp or its affiliates.

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