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Wow…that’s about all I can say. As I gather my bearings after what can only be called a whirlwind week on the east coast, I am reflecting on all the great moments with SugarCRM customers, industry influencers and media.

In all, we met with dozens of reporters, analysts and customers – and all of them were excited about our vision for where we see the CRM market going in the next year and beyond. We announced great news about our $40m funding from Goldman Sachs, which followed continued strong momentum.

Early in the week, both SugarCRM Clint Oram and CEO Larry Augustin presented on our vision for the call center and CRM in general, respectively, at the CRM Evolution conference in NYC. I also sat on a panel discussing “best practices for global CRM deployments” at the event. The incredible global adoption of Sugar and the global deployments performed by SugarCRM and our partners gave me great fodder for the event.

After the event, we yo-yoed up and down New England for some great meetings. And of course, in true Sugar fashion, we always like to make our presence known:

As news of our funding broke, major media outlets covered the story, including Fox Business News:

All told, between the CRM Evolution event, all of the great news coverage, and simply having our message validated by nearly all of the leading CRM influencers during our analyst tour, it has been an amazing week to be part of what we are trying to do here at SugarCRM. We are changing the CRM landscape, for the better in my opinion. And even with all this great momentum and validation, we are only just getting started.

Chrysler buildingDawn glides across Manhattan. The sky lightens as it tips across the cathedral towers of glass and steel and dips into the concrete canyons below. The trucks start to move as the darkness lets up, the cabs begin their shuffle from door to door and the hum that is humanity is about to pour forth on New York’s soon-to-be-teeming streets. It’s Monday in the Big Apple.

Good morning SugarCon 2013!

ballroomIn the quiet halls, salons and ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria, Sugas and SugarCRM executives are moving about, setting the final touches on what they have been waiting for all year: to meet our customers, partners and prospects face-to-face and engage with the media and the industry analysts for a rousing interlude about creating great customer experiences and long-lasting relationships between people and the companies with whom they choose to do business. Every User. Every Customer. Every Time.

expo floorStay tuned here as we bring you the news and the buzz straight from the floor of this year’s exciting SugarCon. Follow us on Twitter @SugarCRM #SugarCon as we share the insights and talk of the show from the attendees themselves. It’s going to be a great day. Let’s get this party started!

–Jay Mejia, Director of Communications, SugarCRM

Editor’s Note: As we get closer to SugarCon, we wanted to introduce all of the contestants to this year’s App Throwdown, sponsored by SugarOutfitters. Over the next 2 weeks, we’ll have interviews from each of them on what they are showing for the Throwdown, helping you learn a bit more about it.

Bio ( Yours and the Organization you are representing ):

W-Systems is a SugarCRM Gold Partner covering the metro New York market space.    We have a strong development practice and enjoy the freedom offered to us to create solutions for our customers using the SugarCRM open source toolkit.  We have subject matter expertise in Financial Services, Real Estate, Publishing, Professional Services and Manufacturing industries.

Christian Wettre is the president of W-Systems and will be presenting the solution with Ionut Tonita who is a lead developer.

What are you presenting at the App Throwdown?

We are presenting a module for SugarCRM that allows any user to quickly communicate unique or templated messages to selections of Contacts, Leads or Targets.  We automate the creation of fully trackable email campaigns in SugarCRM.

Our solution makes sending a mass communication message as easy as sending an individual email.  Our application works in the background to do all the work of setting up a campaign, organizing target lists, creating tracking URL’s, saving email templates and queuing up email.

The user gets a full email marketing package with delivery and interaction tracking that is easy to use and requires minimal training.

What about your application do you feel brings something unique or different to the Sugar ecosystem?

Our application for Sugar extends out powerful communication capabilities to every Sugar user where otherwise marketing campaign execution has required the skills of trained marketers.   We take a fairly complex workflow in SugarCRM and simplify it to the extreme.   We open up email campaign management to the general user population without the need for third party toolsets.

What is the biggest takeaway you hope the audience takes away from your presentation?

We hope that the audience will see that a partner and professional developer can take the SugarCRM package and add new functionality that fits seamlessly into the platform.  This is the promise of SugarCRM and it is the reward to those who invest in it.

What is the most exciting aspect of being a part of the Sugar App Throwdown?

The exposure to a large audience is rewarding.  We all take pride in what we are doing and is exciting to present it to the community and to our peers.  A little friendly competition and idea sharing is motivating to all of us.

Most of our solutions are only known by ourselves and to our customers. It is fun to showcase our work to a broader audience.. We look forward to receive feedback and critique.  With an open ecosystem such as SugarCRM we are looking to contribute our ideas and code to the community.  Sharing is good for the SugarCRM product, customers and partners.

Looking at the other App Throwdown submissions, which one looks the most interesting and why?

We are admirers of Epicom’s work.  They put out very elegant solutions for SugarCRM so we look forward to seeing their FedEx integration. Blake Robertson’s Callinize application looks like a universally useful mobile application that I would like to use myself.

We have just published the agenda and speakers list for SugarCon ’13 - and it is literally PACKED with sessions and keynotes from CRM thought leaders, awesome customer stories, and lots of Sugar tips and tricks.

With seven tracks covering everything from sales, marketing and support excellence – to the tech trends affecting CRM and your business in general – SugarCon 13 offers something for everyone.

Highlights of the agenda include:

  • More than six hours of keynote presentations from leaders in CRM, including Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM, Terry Jones, founder and former CEO of Travelocity.com, author of CRM at the Speed of Light Paul Greenberg of The 56 Group, LLC, and partners IBM, Pardot, and VMware.
  • Top research findings and best practices in CRM from industry analysts representing leading research firms. Subject matter experts include Gartner Research Director Patrick Stakenas; Forrester Research Vice President Bill Band; Esteban Kolsky, principal and founder of ThinkJar; Brent Leary, partner, CRM Essentials; Jesus Hoyos of Solvis Consulting and JesusHoyos.com, LLC; and Jim Dickie, managing partner, CSO Insights.
  • More than 70 customer and solution innovation breakout sessions highlighting CRM implementation best practices and detailed case studies. Key customers from the United States, Europe, and Latin America include EMIS, uShip, Harper, Inc., Cogburn Law, Bray International, Hillel, the Lindner Group, Tollpost Globe AS, Mitsubishi Brazil, Despegar.com, MacAllister (CAT) Rentals, the Irish Local Gov’t Management Agency, and USAFact.
  • Live solution demonstrations of Sugar Mobile and Sugar 7 – SugarCRM’s next generation CRM platform.
  • Expert-led best practices discussions, innovative platform case studies, and hands-on workshops on the latest SugarCRM platform.
  • App Throwdown, which is an event on April 10th to showcase the most innovative solutions across the Sugar ecosystem live on stage, where the audience can choose their favorite. This year’s contestants include: Nepo Systems, W-Systems Corp., Epicom, Colosa, and Altertus Technologies.
  • Hands-on customer training at a discounted price.
  • More than 30 leading companies will be exhibiting in the SugarCon 2013 Expo Hall. Major sponsors include IBM, Pardot, VMware, Riva, NextPrinciples and DocuSign.
  • Nightly networking events across New York, including the Tuesday, April 9 Evening Gala to be held at the 230 Fifth Ave Rooftop Garden and Penthouse Lounge.
SugarCon’s theme this year is “CRM for Everyone.” Join us to see and hear first-hand how to leverage the latest cloud, social, and mobile technologies so they can make individual users enterprise-wide more effective at engaging 1:1 with customers or prospects.
Register for SugarCon 13 HERE.