Here at VM we’re planning our spring 2011 conference tour and we’re happy
to say there’s a lot going on in the world of presentations and meetings
about cloud-computing. Deadlines are fast-approaching though, so check out
the list we’ve put together below and see if there’s something happening
near you… hope to see you there!
Note: this list is incomplete and bound to change. Descriptions were taken
off the sponsoring organizations’ websites and so may not reflect content
and/or quality. Don’t hold us accountable if a conference sucks.
What: Global Services Conference 2011: Enabling Business Transformation
Through Global Sourcing
When: January 27, 2011 Where: NYC Cost: $1295.00 conference fee for
“There are… forces playing out in the industry that define the next
generation of services ... (more)
VM Associates is a New York City cloud computing consulting firm. We help
companies transition into newer, better, smarter software. Contact us to talk
about your business, the cloud, and how we might help.
A few weeks ago we were called by a frantic young business owner. His
problem? His business – a 3 month old roofing company – was winning more
deals than the founders and crew could manage. They were hiring sales reps
and managers fast, but needed a system for, well, everything. Task
management, sales management, invoicing, P & L – they needed it all, and
they needed it ASAP. Sound familiar?
Cloud Computing Swat Team, Converge
Our first call together was on a Thursday evening. The company – let’s
call them Claybourne Roofing – was hiring 8(!) new sales reps and holding
an orien... (more)
Most small business owners understand cloud computing as a tool. A
pay-as-you-go, web based tool. Not more, not less. And they’re pretty much
Thing is, tools matter. They carry distinct advantages and disadvantages,
which are sometimes subtle, long term, and structural. Cloud computing is no
exception: besides the usual advantages, cloud based tools help businesses
become more transparent, more flexible, and (ultimately) more profitable.
1. Cloud computing makes business more transparent.
First off, cloud computing tools tend to centralize everything together. ... (more)
We review small business CRM software all the time. Sometimes we find great
systems. Sometimes not.
More typically, we find systems like Base CRM, a well designed and promising
system that’s almost there (but not quite). Read on for our full review.
The Quick and Dirty Verdict
Base is a web-based CRM built by Future Simple, a venture-backed, Chicago
based software company. As small business CRMs go, Base is pretty damn good:
it’s easy to use, includes some neat features (client spaces!), and boasts
an awesome mobile app. Unfortunately, the expensive pricing scheme, lack of