Last month I did a presentation for small business owners at the American
Chamber of Commerce in Paris. For many businesses, “cloud computing” is
just a marketing term that’s being pitched to them, hot buzz words thrown
in their faces. I wanted to really outline what cloud computing is, and how
it can make a real difference for their companies.
The takeaways are simple: By partnering with a service provider to run your
business software (and keep it running), you free up all the time previously
spent worrying about backups, updates and installs to actually run your
Business software isn’t what your business is all about, so don’t let it
be. Let specialists who want to grow with your business offer a service that
you need for an affordable price. That’s c... (more)
Anyone who knows what WoW or MMORPG stand for also knows that PC gaming has
something important to say about SaaS. For the acronym-unacquainted among us,
“World of Warcraft” (WoW) is a “massively multiplayer role-playing
game” (MMORPG) in which millions of online players compete for in-game
rewards and experience. The numbers behind WoW are staggering – at the time
of writing, over 5.5 million users were online. Add to that some 7 million
inactive users, and Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind WoW, has over
a dozen million paying subscribers. Wow indeed.
Considering that ... (more)
There are more visible SaaS offerings, but e-signature services are fast
becoming a cornerstone of cloud-based business. It makes sense – why print
and sign paper documents when everything else is done online? Plenty of
companies are asking that question, and it shows: EchoSign, an e-signature
industry leader, reported growth of 216% between Q2 ‘09 and Q2 ‘10. Not
bad for a company named for a dolphin.
RightSignature is a relative newcomer to the e-signature game, but having
signed Farme... (more)
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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