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Forceworks Are you ready for the transition from Hardware-Centric to Software-Centric? 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 crashing the beach, and if you are not paying attention, you too could soon be “that guy” who has lost touch, maybe you feel you are already slipping. If you are not on the side that knows that “Cloud is Inevitable”, you are on the wrong side… or living in denial. Don’t believe me? Click the link ... (more)

Alone on top of an underwater glacier

Forceworks Alone on top of an underwater glacier I recently attended the Microsoft Cloud Partner Summit at Microsoft HQ near Seattle. To say the experience was enlightening would be a significant understatement. Here were gathered 90 partners, one representative each, from the top cloud partners in the US. Microsoft’s cloud products, particularly Office 365 have been exploding, and 90% of the success is a result of the efforts of the people in this room. Needless to say Microsoft pulled out all the stops. From putting us up at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, to covering our every ne... (more)

Dynamics CRM 2013 – Feature Dive – Mobile

Forceworks Dynamics CRM 2013 – Feature Dive – Mobile Spoiler Alert… Mobile is big. Being able to not only access, but actually utilize your CRM from a phone or tablet is going to change the way CRM has been used in the past. You no longer have to wait until you get back to the office to input or update your deals.  Dynamics CRM 2013 mobile applications keep salespeople connected to data, team members, and customers. With mobile access to your CRM solution, you have the tools you need to not only look smarter but also to be smarter. Powerful Tablet Applications Microsoft Dynamics ... (more)

Taking InsideView aka Social Insights for Dynamics CRM for a Spin

Microsoft recently announced a strategic partnership with InsideView to provide “Social Insights” capability to Dynamics CRM. This alone, is not news, there are many third-party features available for Dynamics CRM. What is news is that they have included the capability at no additional cost for Professional Licenses. Basically, it is a new core feature of Dynamics CRM. For certain customer types, this alone is reason enough to justify Dynamics CRM, if it did nothing else. We have started to include it with all of our customer trials and hear nothing but positive feedback. I have ... (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)