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What's Up with Swiftpage?
Swiftpage acquired CRM-pioneer Act and SalesLogix from Sage in March. As Gartner describes it, Swiftpage's core offering provides for email and digital marketing tools marketed as accessible and easy to use. The Gartner-listed strengths: Swiftpage offers full-scale digital marketing solutions (email and social media) integrated within SalesLogix. For its part, SalesLogix has mobile capabilities to extend both smartphone and tablet devices. It also has good extensibility and flexibility. Now, for the cautions:
"Swiftpage markets SalesLogix primarily through a third-party partner network, but has a limited ecosystem of ISV partners to build add-ons to SalesLogix. With the acquisition and SalesLogix being a small part of overall revenue, the risk of the SFA technology getting lost in the mix is ever-present. The SalesLogix offering is broadened with email marketing functionality; however, the functional footprint is still focused on core opportunity management and lacks capabilities such as sales configuration, pricing management, incentive compensation or performance management that generally round out an SFA offering."
CRMnext More Outside U.S.
According to Gartner, CRMnext's "sweet spot" is core sales functionality, such as opportunity, account and pipeline management, as well as forecasting and analytics. It has an attractive price point, a good software upgrade path, and a reliable service track record with customers. But Gartner also offers some cautions:
"Direct geographic coverage or business outside the core geographies of India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East is limited. It is a relatively small vendor in the mature SFA market. It lacks a significant ecosystem to fill in noncore capabilities (e.g., configure, price and quote [CPQ], and sales performance management). Reporting is sufficient for most customers, but some references believe CRMnext could improve complex report building."
From Automation to Zoho
According to Gartner, Zoho is showing up more often in the battle for the SMB marketplace as a low-cost provider for SaaS SFA. Its strengths include a user-friendly UI, it is easily configurable, and it offers a wide range of features and functionality. As Gartner sees it, the extensive suite of sales applications range from core SFA technology to sales quota and forecasting, pipeline management, price quoting tools, sales reporting and dashboards. The cautions: (continued...)
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Posted: 2013-09-15 @ 12:07pm PT
Another good source of independent CRM information is the new G2 Crowd site.
Posted: 2013-09-04 @ 3:02pm PT
Thanks for providing information on CRM platforms, Jennifer! An intelligent social CRM has become an absolute necessity for any business hoping to maintain a competitive edge, particularly in today's technologically progressive environment. However, a crucial step that all businesses must complete previous to SCRM adoption, must be the careful selection of an intelligent SCRM. The availability of complete business suites like GreenRope, are consistently innovating the SCRM market. Furthermore, consolidated business suites allow the attached SCRM to efficiently communicate with other software applications. Not only will this increase the accuracy of internal communication, the organized data allows the business to quickly target the appropriate customer demographics.
Posted: 2013-09-03 @ 7:45am PT
Good article. Came across another whitepaper comparing Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics CRM something readers may find interesting “Pros and cons of migrating to Microsoft Dynamics CRM from Salesforce.com” @http://bit.ly/17UgKN7
Posted: 2013-09-01 @ 12:47am PT
The Gartner Analysis typically serves the larger firms, the typical Gartner customers. Other independent comparisons of CRM systems can be found at www.g2crowd.com and also at Gleansight.
Posted: 2013-08-29 @ 8:53pm PT
@Michael, while I see your point, I also think we should be careful when talking about CRM as strictly an analytical tool to benefit big wigs in a company. CRM at its very core should be a tool to help salespeople achieve more fulfilling relationships with their customers and potential customers, breeding more sales and loyalty.
However, I think we should also be careful when we talk about automation software being ubiquitous with CRM, as automation can remove the entire human element of the customer, thereby nullifying the entire ideal of CRM.
Michael Collins (mc@dmcou:
Posted: 2013-08-29 @ 8:16am PT
Surely this should be titled 'Wading through the Ultra-Competitive Sales Force Automation market' as it totally omits any consideration of the analytical, operational or interactive elements that go to make up true CRM. It also fails to recognise the burgeoning interest in CRM for the B2C sector, totally at the opposite end of the spectrum from SFA.