Let me preface by saying, I am not an ERP Guy. At our own firm, we use
QuickBooks, even though we have access to Microsoft ERP software at no cost.
Is QuickBooks better? Far from it, but is it good enough?
A QuickBooks Alternative?
When I first started seeing, what was then known as “Project Madeira”, I
remember thinking, “Uhoh, QuickBooks better watch out, Microsoft is
coming“. In fact, in those early days, it was presented as a preview of a
QuickBooks “alternative”. It sure looked like one. But QuickBooks had
quite a head-start. Intuit, founded in 1983 as a personal finance software,
quickly moved to small business, and has “owned” that market ever since.
It currently has at least three times as many subscribers, just to it’s
online version, than it’s next competitor. Microsoft was not even on that
map. An ambitious undertaking to be sure.
For the QuickBooks “Out... (more)
A tweet caught my eye the other day, it was a quote from Richard Branson that
went something like, “If you look after your staff, they’ll look after
your customers. It’s that simple.” I could not shake this from my brain,
so I thought I would try and crystallize my thoughts by writing about it.
I have been around the CRM space for a long time, 10 years with
Salesforce.com and now 6 years with Dynamics 365. One constant has been this
idea that everything we are doing is for the customer, the customer is the
priority. I am not a Branson fanboy, I am indifferent, bu... (more)
Forceworks Are you ready for the transition from Hardware-Centric to
Do you ever talk to an “Old” IT person? You know, like 40ish. Man,
do they have some stories about how IT used to be back in the day. Things
sure have changed a lot. You probably think to yourself “Man, they have no
idea how things are now”. How about a “Middle-Aged” IT person? You know
like 30ish. They have stories too, and things have changed a lot since then
as well. You may be thinking “That guy is really losing touch”.
It seems to come in waves… change that is. Well another wave is crashin... (more)
Forceworks RIM Launches BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft
Last week RIM launched the Blackberry Business Cloud Service for Office 365,
this new service which is managed by RIM extends Microsoft Exchange Online
to BlackBerry smartphones and allows administrators to self-manage their
Blackberry deployments in the Cloud.
Available to Office 365 Enterprise subscribers Hosted by RIM directly links
to Exchange Online service BlackBerry Business Cloud Services offer mobile
access to synchronised email, calendar, contacts, tasks and memo pads. ... (more)
I can hear it, can you? A popular podcaster, Jason Calacanis has advised
companies in the past to be wary of launching a technology product on top of
someone else’s platform. Many great Facebook and Twitter apps have simply
been knocked off by the platforms, and subsequently knocked right out of
business. Calacanis himself fell victim as his business at the time was
largely dependent on YouTube, and while Google did not knock off his content,
they simply made a change to the search which orphaned his content… same
result. And now here we have Microsoft.
Talk about being dependen... (more)