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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)

Damn you Microsoft!!!

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)

Office 365 – Surviving Migration

Office 365 is one of the best solutions Microsoft has ever produced. Organizations are exponentially better off once they are fully operational on the platform. However, getting from where you are today, over to this utopia, can range from simple and painless, to the most excruciating thing you have ever done with IT. So what’s wrong with Office 365? Nothing, nothing at all. It works flawlessly, the problem will be on your end. Forceworks has migrated thousands of seats to Office 365. When there are issues, and there frequently are, they boil down to the user’s existing hardware... (more)

Dynamics Marketing for the CMO

There has been a lot of talk about Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online as a tool for both sales teams and service teams, and it does a great job for both. But what about marketing? Up until now, marketing has been an activity that Dynamics CRM Online provided minimal support for, which usually required the addition of an third-party solution to provide any real value. Well, that is about to change… dramatically, with the introduction of Dynamics Marketing. You may recall that Microsoft bought Marketing Pilot a little while back. Well they have been very busy under the hood to pull all o... (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)