ITQlick is an Israeli startup looking to use the power of social communities to help IT professionals find the right solutions for their needs
The world of IT is one of the major components in any business organization, and often it sits at the heart of all company operations. As a result, there began to emerge scores of companies that offer complimentary services to simplify the lives of IT managers. But in light of this increase in supply, many companies find themselves wasting time and money running through all the options available to them, testing out various service providers to find the right fit.
This is precisely why Israeli startup, and IT professional social netwrok, ITQlick, was established. The aim of the company is to help users streamline the process of working with IT products, helping users select the right combination of team and offering, for their specific business needs.
optimizing via community
ITQlick believes that existing solutions in today’s IT market, which can run up high reoccurring costs, are usually generic and designed primarily with large organizations in mind. These solutions are based on the input of professionals, and not on the experience and needs of a specific community segment of IT users. As such, companies often find themselves with products that can’t give them the solution they need, and may even serve as an obstacle to achieving their individual IT goals.
ITQlick decided to create a platform that allows users to create an IT professional profile. In this way, users can express their opinions and experiences on various services and products, helping those in similar situations make educated decisions toward their service purchases.
The ITQlick database helps users sort through all the information, recommending solutions based on input from businesses with similar profiles to their own. Similarities might cover a variety of characteristics, including geographic location, industry, number of employees, reviews, social score and the like.
The platform is essentially a social network for everything IT, allowing for the sharing of recommendations, the ability to find mentors for projects, track users, products and companies – and to canvass the community with whatever questions users might have. Additionally, IT service providers are able to promote their own services, in a way that ITQlick claims is uniquely transparent and social for this industry.
Currently, the site offers a database that includes approximately 4,000 information systems and 3,000 software vendors, filterable by price, features, reviews and characteristics. Within this information can be found, 3,500 different products, and 2,500 companies who can help users decide which of the former options best suits their needs.
A vision of outsourcing
ITQlick was launched in August of 2012 by Founder and CEO, Shlomi Lavie. Shlomi explains that today, it’s difficult for organizations to choose software solutions. And in the world of SaaS, the problem of choice only multiplies. Shlomi relates how he’s seeking to accomplish with ITQlick for the IT industry, what TripAdvisor has done for the tourist industry, or Yelp for the local business industry. The ultimate goal is to create a repository of the latest range of applications, software, and services, available in the IT field.
In an interview with Geektime, Shlomi explained that as of today, LinkedIn is the largest professional network, but it doesn’t include many professional discussions on topics relevant to the IT field. Additionally, LinkedIn is designed for professionals in general, and lacks the focus required for a technical field like IT. The result is that users have trouble finding what they’re looking for.
In contrast, ITQlick not only allows for anyone working in the field of information systems to ask questions and get answers, but also allows users to get advice regarding custom projects linked directly to specific products.
While there are other companies that provide similar information; such as Gartner, Forrester, Getapp and BestVendor – ITQlick points out that these lack the social aspect which ITQlick is trying to bring to the table.
ITQlick’s business model is based on promoting products and services within the site, along with the revenue generating leads that are sent to service providers who publish on the site. The company completed its first round of funding several months ago, and while they’re not revealing the exact figures, they say it ranges in the tens of thousands of dollars. The company further declined to reveal the names of their investors.