Manage your customers information
with CRM software.
Customer relationship management software can be a vital piece of software for many
companies. CRM software helps businesses or even individuals manage the information
they receive from their customers, partners, vendors or even internal information
about their own products or personal information. One of the ways that CRM software
achieves this is by integrating with Microsoft Outlook. This allows the company
to keep track of information via their e-mail software.
CRM 5 is preferred by business professionals.
Two different types of CRM software are Microsoft CRM 4.0 and Prophet CRM 5 software.
Both varieties of software have their strong points and both possibly even have
a few weak points as well. However, many businesses rely exclusively on Prophet
CRM 3.0 software instead of Microsoft CRM 4.0 software. There are quite a few reasons
for businesses to choose Prophet CRM 5 software instead of any other variety.
CRM 4.0 only works with Outlook XP or Outlook 2003.
Even though Microsoft CRM 4.0 software is produced by Microsoft itself, which also
designed Outlook, the integration between the two requires an additional step besides
simply installing the Microsoft CRM 4.0 software. Microsoft CRM 4.0 software requires
that MS Outlook have a specific client installed before it will successfully integrate
with the Microsoft CRM 4.0 software. In addition, the Microsoft CRM 4.0 software
only works with Outlook XP or Outlook 2003, yet doesn't support Outlook 2000, XP
or 2003, which the Prophet software does support. However, the Prophet software
supports Outlook 2000, XP and 2003.
CRM 5 supports multiple Outlook versions and is easy to set-up.
Microsoft CRM 3.0 software works in conjunction to Microsoft Outlook, but doesn't
effectively work within the e-mail software itself. For example, the Prophet CRM
5 software has the ability to communicate via peer to peer data sharing. In stark
contrast, the Microsoft CRM 4.0 software does not have the ability for simple peer
to peer data sharing. Data sharing is another difference between the two. The Microsoft
CRM 4.0 software can only share data through a Microsoft Windows 2000 server or
higher. This means that for a company to be able to use the Microsoft CRM 4.0 software,
they must already have at the very least a Windows 2000 server already installed,
or be willing to buy a newer server to use with the Microsoft CRM 4.0 software.
The Prophet CRM 5 software has the ability to add central data sharing through its
own software, which means that no server software will need to be used and the existing
server a company has can be used as is, instead of adding on the additional cost
of a new server.
CRM 5 saves you time.
Once you actually choose among the many available varieties of customer relationship
management software, you will need to be able to be able to use the information
you are able to collect with the help of the new software. Microsoft CRM 4.0 software
has the ability to manage sales opportunities and information in Outlook, but then
you will have to take the extra step to track in the CRM software to actually synchronize
any changes that may have been made. With the Prophet software, you will be able
to manage this information within Outlook itself instead of having to take an extra
CRM 4.0 is priced at $999 per license, while Prophet CRM 5 stats at only $199.95.
There are many factors that need to be considered when facing the difficult decision
of which customer relationship management software is best for your specific needs.
There are many pros and cons for every type of CRM software, but when it boils down
to a decision between Microsoft CRM 4.0 software and Prophet CRM 5 software, for
many companies the right choice will be the Prophet CRM 5 software.
Another major difference between the Microsoft CRM 4.0 software and the Prophet
CRM 5 software is the price for each license. For one Microsoft CRM 4.0 software
license, the price starts at $999 per license. The Prophet CRM 5 software is significantly
cheaper, starting at only $199.95 per license. For a smaller company with a very
limited budget, this makes the Prophet software much more appealing than the more
expensive Microsoft CRM 4.0 software. Some would rather have the prestige that comes
along with the Microsoft name, but it is always a good thing to assess your own
needs instead of falling in love with a specific name brand.