Showing posts with label the app train. Show all posts
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Modern Customer Relationship Management

At April's Tech Talk Tuesday, we previewed six Modern Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems.

There are hundreds of CRM systems available. To focus on 6 , we looked for modern tools meet important criteria:


  • Web based 
  • Customizable 
  • Documented APIs 
  • Social Media Integration 
The six we experimented with are all excellent choices for managing customer databases. When it come to choosing one, the answer lies in choosing the right tool for the right business.

Highrise

Highrise, from the makers of Basecamp is a Simple tool that works great for any small to medium size business. It integrates well with Basecamp, so for a typical web development shop that already uses Basecamp. this is a natural choice.


Salesforce

In the presentation above, Salesforce is referred to as the 800 pound gorilla of Cloud CRM.  Salesforce is widely implemented, and even has it's own programming language for customization. (APEX).

Zoho


Zoho is the value play in choosing a CRM, giving you a feature rich CRM system and affordable pricing.  Zoho implementations are increasing faster than any other solution listed here.  They'e the rising star in Cloud solutions.


SugarCRM


SugaCRM is is ideal for clients looking to host their own CRM system.  But there's also a hosted solution available.  The product uses what they call a "commercial open souce" license.

Insightly


Insightly started of as a google app, and as a result integrates well with thing like Google Calendar.  Clients familiar Googles ecosystem should look closely at Insightly.

Nimble


Nimble is a newcomer, and has a more modern feel than other CRMs listed here.  Nimble has some impressive Social Media integration features, allowing users to easily associate customer with online profiles. A cutting edge startup would play well with Nimble.


It's been a while since we created The App Train infographic, but these are the CRM systems we are looking a t now. Thy're a just a few of the many available.  What are your favorite CRM tools?


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The App Train for your Business (InfoGraphic)

The App Train

Top 10 Cloud Apps for your Business introduced apps often used from the cloud. There are several vendors to chose from when implementing these apps. The infographic above shows some of the many options available.  Each vendor has their strengths. Choosing the right vendor depends on your needs and preferences.  Contact AppTrain for help with your cloud solutions.
Email
Gmail
Outlook
HyperOffice

Document Management
Google Drive
Zoho Docs
SkyDrive
Dropbox
Amazon S3
Box.net
iDrive

Project Management
Teambox
Unfuddle
Sharepoint
Zoho Projects
Basecamp
Podio
Salesforce Do

Website Publishing
Wordpress
Blogger
Joomla
Drupal

Accounting
Freshbooks
Quickbooks
Zoho Invoice
Invoicera
Ronin
Harvest

Customer Relationships
Salesforce
Leadmaster
Microsoft Dynamics
Sugar
Zoho

Mailing Lists
Mailchimp
iContact
VerticalResponse

Version Control
Unfuddle
Github
Beanstalk
Bitbucket

Issue Tracking
Unfuddle
Basecamp
Bugzilla
Redmine
Fogbuzz
YouTrack

Site Monitoring
Altera
MxToolbox
Uptrends
Serviceuptime

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fun with Big Data Visualizations

Visualizations

Obtaining insights from Big Data requires new ways of looking at data. One of the most popular visualizations is the Tag Cloud.



The Tag Cloud is a creative way to convey lots of information about single articles, large websites, or even entire libraries, all on a single screen. Words are sized relative to the number of times they appear, and clustered together randomly to give a reader a different perspective. This Tag cloud contains the most common words on the AppTrain blog homepage.




A Mind Map

 is a Tag Cloud with relationships. Rather than random words, a Mind Map displays key concepts and how they relate to each other.










Document Driven Documents (d3.js

is a javascript library for building visualizations from any dataset. The libraries examples are an extensive collection of modern visualizations. Many alternate ways of adding dimensions to graphs are displayed on the example page including Voronoi Diagrams, Box Plots, Heat Maps, Bubble Charts,
Van Wijk Visualizations, Hamiltonian Graphs; Many of the examples are also interactive, changing the way the graph is viewed based on user input. Exploring the examples is truly mind expanding.

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