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 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
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)
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
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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)
“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)