Archives For December 2012

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If you were at SugarCon 2012 last spring, you’ll remember one of the exciting new events we added to the schedule, the inaugural Sugar App Throwdown. It pitted six of the most interesting and innovative applications in the Sugar ecosystem today against each other in front of the SugarCon audience of customers, partners, and prospects. All of the participants – participants, judges and hosts – are pictured above. It was a huge success and a crowd favorite, so we’re bringing it back with us to the 2013 event in New York in April as well, and we are looking for a new group of apps to be a part of it.

Last year, six partners shared their apps – Alertus, Contactually, Epicom, EasyAsk, NextPrinciples and ActivePrime. They presented their applications in a fast, freewheeling session.

We are looking for that killer application, that beautiful mix of the Sugar platform with an emerging business tool, or even how you took Sugar to the next level to showcase the flexibility of the platform. We want the best of the best again here, all for the chance to get your application in front of the largest CRM-focused conference crowd in history. If you think you have what it takes, submit your idea to us today.

–John Mertic

NetworkWorld’s Alan Shimel recently published his list of the 10 most successful open source projects of 2012, and SugarCRM is there on the list. Sugar earned kudos for its integrations with Sharepoint, Lotus Notes, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Outlook, but beyond that, Shimel writes, SugarCRM has“emerged from Salesforce’s shadow and become a CRM power in its own right. With lots of ways to consume Sugar, there is a model and a price point for just about everyone. While continuing to innovate, Sugar has found its place.”

Of course, in order to find that place, SugarCRM’s had to focus on more than just being an open-source alternative. SugarCRM had to focus on addressing the top problem of its users better than the competition: enabling the entire organization to effectively engage with customers, and making every connection and call drive value for each customer. Recognizing the need for an organization-wide customer engagement platformgives Sugar’s internal team and those of its resellers partners direction to use the flexibility that the application’s open source heritage provides.

The others on the NetworkWorld list – Hadoop, MongoDB, OpenStack, Pentaho, PostgreSQL, Joomla, WordPress, DotNetNuke and Audacity – have also been keen observers of the business needs of their customers. To see the full list, visit Shimel’s slideshare deck outlining his 10 open source success stories.

 

 

 

Business News Daily’s Ned Smith wrote about a Harris Poll sponsored by SugarCRM that confirmed a lot of what people have come to believe about customer service: all too often it’s infuriating, frustrating, hard to navigate and a killer to customer loyalty. More than half the respondents said that poor service experiences have caused then to avoid buying from a company, and four out of five who used social media channels for service were frustrated by a lack of knowledge about them, indicative of disconnections between service processes and CRM.

These problems are the kinds of things that a well-structured CRM system – and the right technology – can avoid. Read the whole story and get a feel for how frustrated customers are – and realize that assuaging those frustrations can give you an edge over your competitors.

The last couple of weeks have seen SugarCRM’s Chief Product Officer Lila Tretikov getting her due. First came accolades from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, and the organizations they run. Over 1700 entries were submitted this year; Lila took Bronze honors as Female Executive of the Year. The awards are selected by a group of more than 200 business executives from around the world; the full list of winners can be found here.

A week after the Stevies were released, Lila was one of the executives profiled by the USA Today in an article called “Women band together, make inroads into tech.”  The article discusses the presence and role of female engineers in Silicon Valley, and includes statistics about the percentage of women majoring in computer science and engineering fields. The article quotes Lila and offers insight into her background.