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How Dynamics CRM and Prophet CRM Softwares Work With Microsoft Outlook. by James Wong
How Dynamics CRM and Prophet CRM Softwares Work With Microsoft Outlook. by JAMES WONG
Article Posted: 03/16/2009
Article Views: 2190
Searching for Customer Retail Management Software. Customer retail management software can be a vital part of a company’s success and growth. Customer retail management software can help both large and small businesses keep track of their contacts, vendors, and other types of information that needs to be collated and filed for future use. Deciding on a brand of software and then purchasing a software package can be a harrowing ordeal since there are so many confusing terms thrown around and a lot of information about the product that may not make much sense until you actually install the software and use it. Researching products on your own and networking with other businesses who are already running a type of customer retail management software can help narrow the field somewhat.
Dynamics CRM software is one type of customer retail management software. Another type is Prophet CRM software. Both have their good points and weak points, and it may be difficult to choose between the two or between any of the dozens of varieties of customer retail management software. However, hopefully after going over a few points with each variety of software, you may be able to make the decision a little less stressful. If your final decision between Dynamics CRM software and Prophet CRM software, at least you have finally narrowed it down to only two types.
How does Dynamics CRM Compare to Prophet CRM?
Both Dynamics CRM software and Prophet CRM software attach themselves to the e-mail program Microsoft Outlook as a way of managing contacts. Prophet CRM software works within Outlook to create and manage contacts. Dynamics CRM software piggybacks itself onto Outlook, and manages the e-mail information, but has to pull that information out of Outlook before it can be manipulated or changed. Even though the Dynamics CRM software is produced by Microsoft itself, it does not work within Outlook, but outside of it. The Prophet CRM software actually works within Outlook and makes the connections to the information much more easily.
Both Dynamics CRM software and Prophet CRM software allow employees to share sales data information. In this case, Prophet CRM software wins again because it allows users to share the data through peer to peer channels and directly through e-mail since it runs directly through Microsoft Outlook, instead of having to export it before you can send the information. With Dynamics CRM software, the information that needs to be shared has to be exported from the records before it can be sent to the e-mail program, which is an extra step in the information sharing process that really shouldn’t be necessary.
The Prophet CRM software can be used with your existing server. Since the Dynamics CRM software is produced through Microsoft, it requires at least a Microsoft 2000 server or newer. It will not run through any other type of server. The Prophet CRM software will run through a company’s existing server, regardless of what type it is. This means that especially for small companies, the extra expense of buying a new server would not be a problem or an added expense if the Prophet CRM software is used. Of course if a company is already using a Microsoft 2000 server or better, it would not be an issue, and there would not be any added expense.
Prophet CRM software at a reasonable price. Generally speaking, the Dynamics CRM software is much more expensive than the Prophet CRM software. For each license, the Prophet CRM software cost starts at $199.95. For the Dynamics CRM software, each license starts at a price 10 times as that of the Prophet software. If price is a major consideration for a company, the Prophet CRM software becomes much more attractive. If the Microsoft name is important for a company, the Dynamics CRM software will probably be much more fitting for the business. However if you just want a good software package at a reasonable price, you may be more inclined to use the Prophet CRM software.
Author Bio: James Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Avidian Technologies, makers of Prophet, The easiest CRM software for Outlook, CRM – Your Business Solution.
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