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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 dependent on someone else’s platform, just about everything out there was built to run on Windows. Almost every business is up the creek without Windows and Microsoft Office. While Microsoft clearly has their eyes on a couple of competitors in particular, Google, Apple and Salesforce, many other sma... (more)

Forceworks Wins coveted Microsoft Partner of the Year Award (Press Release)

Tampa, Florida - July 22, 2014 - Forceworks, in only their third year as a Microsoft Partner, picked up their first Partner of the Year Award at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference this week in Washington D.C. Forceworks, based in Tampa, FL, was formerly a Consulting Partner with Salesforce.com and switched to Dynamics CRM Online when Microsoft launched the product just a few years ago. “While Salesforce.com had “owned” the cloud CRM space for many years, we immediately saw the tremendous value for our customers in a CRM platform that natively integrated with the Microsoft ... (more)

Zero to Cash in 30 days with Dynamics CRM Online (Press Release)

Forceworks launches RapidStart program for Dynamics CRM Online Tampa, FL – Forceworks, a leading Microsoft Certified Cloud Deployment Partner, announced the launch of a new program for Dynamics CRM Online called RapidStart™.RapidStart™ is tightly focused on just the sales aspects of Dynamics CRM Online and is designed to get organizations up and running very quickly on the parts of CRM that generate revenue. “We often see two types of situations” says Steve Mordue, CEO of Forceworks, “An organization that has tried to deploy CRM on their own and are not happy with their ROI, or on... (more)

Microsoft Software Asset Management Review

Have you received a notice from Microsoft about a Microsoft Software Asset Management Review? This is an ominous sounding undertaking. The minute you receive one of these letters from Microsoft, you already know whether you have a problem or not. This is really just a fancy title for an Audit to ensure that all Microsoft software in use has been paid for. For most organizations, this will not be a problem. Oh sure, there may be a few edge cases of software that was license crossed, but generally, if you have been playing it straight, this process should not present any more heada... (more)

A closer look at Hosted Exchange from Microsoft

“Email is Email!”. This is what another Microsoft partner suggested to me, that I should say when presenting Office 365 to potential customers. He went on to say “A customer is not going to make the move to Office 365 for email, it will be for all of the other capabilities”. Well, he was absolutely correct. Using his sound advice, Forceworks has brought thousands of business users to the Office 365 platform. But I continued to have this nagging feeling, that even though users are coming on board at a rapid clip,  I was short-changing Exchange Online in the process. While it is t... (more)