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
productivity software our customers were already using,” said Steve Mordue,
CEO of Forceworks.
For a short time, Forceworks supported Salesforce.com and Dynamics CRM Online
simultaneously. According to Mordue, “We started to feel disingenuous, as
we struggled to find reasons to suggest that ... (more)
Forceworks Did the cost of Dynamics CRM 2013 go up?
This is the question I posed recently to Microsoft Execs. As a partner, I was
informed about the new tiered pricing structure that is replacing the flat
rate $44/user/month. The Microsoft team introduced three new licenses with
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Online: Professional @ $65/user/mo, Basic @
$30/user/mo and Essential @ $15/user/mo. A quick glance at the advertised
feature chart below led me to think that every user would end up needing the
Professional license, in other words, just a price increase from $44 to $65.
When ... (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)
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)
Forceworks Migrating away from Salesforce.com? Beware!
Salesforce.com is not a fan of customers who attempt to leave. I can’t
blame them, nobody likes to lose a customer. When you start to lose a lot of
customers, it can make you a little desperate, but this does not seem to
apply Salesforce.com, I mean in the last year alone their stock has gone up
20 points. They have obviously done an excellent job of convincing business
of the value of Cloud CRM. So why are they so hostile about people wanting to
leave? Maybe they are just paranoid. Ever since they launched in 1999, they