I’m in the process of summarizing and reviewing information on group cardio monitoring and training management solutions for fitness clubs. There are a few particular features and feature categories that I’m focusing on (fitness analytics and integrations / API maturity being two of them) but I’m taking a broad look at them. Here’s the list of the solutions I’m looking at:
Whew, that’s a longer list than I expected. This post is just Part I of a multi-part series (how many parts? I don’t know yet). Obviously each of these companies comes to the market with a slightly different angle so I’ll be drawing out the differences and similarities. If you are a club owner and want to dig into more detail on any areas in particular, email me or reach out on LinkedIn or Twitter to learn more.
I’ve spent a lot of time researching SaaS apps that can help you manage your business, and it’s certainly a big and often confusing market. It helps to have some guides and while I haven’t found a single one that covers it all, there are a few I found that are really useful. Here they are, with a few of my own comments.
Getapp – one of the best, with lots of customer reviews. Broad set of product categories.
ISV World – Cool service, covers all software vendors not just SaaS apps. Useful for those in the analyst & investment arena as it aggregates financial data on the vendors. Thanks to their machine learning capabilities the database is very large.
Merchant Maverick – More focused on the transaction and financial apps, especially merchant accounts and POS.
Capterra – Decent number of customer reviews and 300+ categories to help you search.
Cloud Showplace – Run by SaaS thought leader Jeff Kaplan, this directory splits up providers into the SaaS/PaaS/IaaS stack so it provides a view on the “cloud services” market that some of the others don’t.
IT Centralstation – A bit more of an enterprise focus with more input from “IT pros” as opposed to SMB owner/operators who lack IT staff. You can create a free account or sign in with your LinkedIn account.
And there you have it. A few really helpful resources to help you navigate the SaaS world.