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  • Ian Leu 3:29 pm on April 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Currently working towards rolling out our custom ASP… 

    Currently working towards rolling out our custom ASP.net CRM system. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, our system makes quoting/ordering easier and more user friendly than in any other CRM system I’ve seen.

    We can plug AJAX auto completes into any data streamlining the user interface and allowing for rapid product querying and quoting. It also uses custom integration tools that we’ve developed to synchronize data with outlook.

     
  • Joe Wichowski 3:49 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Save a couple $grand$ on email every year… 

    For the past several months, we’ve been converting some of our customers over to Office365.  In fact, we’ve been able to prove savings of $2k to $5k per year for each customer (over 3 years), depending on the number of users converted.  This product is a serious cost-savings tool.  And now, Microsoft is making it easier than ever to switch.

    Until June, Microsoft’s Big Easy 8 sale is going on.  This means you can get a E1 plan (Exchange, Sharepoint, and Windows Live meetings) for just $8 per user, per month (less than $100 per year per user!).  Or, if you also could benefit from upgrading all users to Microsoft Office 2010, then get the E3 plan at just $20 per user, per month.  This means that for price of Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access) you get hosted Exchange and Sharepoint for free!  Microsoft will even give you some additional cash back to use for future training like our Outlook Productivity training for Sales and Operations staff.

    We’ve been using Office365 here for about a year.  We switched from Lotus Notes.  For us its a no brainer – we no longer are in the “support” business for our email, and can just get after the business of helping our customers.  We’ve even done it in such a way that we still leverage our Lotus Notes applications as-is – only our email is switched to Office365.  And its been rock-solid reliable, just like Lotus Notes was for us.  (Why did we switch from Lotus?  Simple – momentum.  Most of our customers switched to Exchange/Outlook, so we needed to better support and train them.  The best way to do that is to use what they use.  Sad for Lotus – their job is marketing, our job is helping customers.)

    If you haven’t checked out Office365, or haven’t seen a demo, click on our link here to start a free trial.  It will basically set you up with a 25 user E3 account so you can see how easy it is to use its online collaboration features (Sharepoint) for your team.  You can even setup temporary email accounts to test the email features as well.

    Or, if you would like someone to just walk you through it, please do not hesitate to give me a call or shoot me an email.

     
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