Accel KKR makes a 9 figure investment in SugarCRM. Some of the other potential compatible AKKR companies. Sugar’s redesign and re-architecture. Sugar’s one-clickedness. Mitch Lieberman‘s take on the investment and his advice, including going all in on the cloud. How the sales team needs to be more consultative and real. The idea of conversational engagement. The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation and some of the positional changes since last year. A close pack in the Leader quadrant. bpm’online is alone in the Challenger’s quadrant. ProsperWorks rebrands to Copper. Copper’s win percentage vs Salesforce. Salesforce and Google are cozying up. Will Google acquire a CRM vendor? Google’s Hangouts Meet as a viable online meeting app.
Sam gets sick and infects conference attendees plus his employees, Steve’s guest appearance on “Our Love Hate Relationship With Sales”, Infor CRM’s integration to LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator, the high price of standalone Navigator, the value of connecting CRM to multiple big data sources, Nimble’s capabilities, Infor CRM’s Marketo integration, what doesn’t sync from marketing automation to CRM, tracking sources from Lead to Order, Contour mapping, Coleman AI, Infor’s vertical market strategy, integrating acquire companies’ products, the CRM beasts that will not die, companies moving back to ACT!, Google My Business for B2B companies, the sale of Endeavor Commerce to Vendavo, Zoho’s new Zoho Sign digital signature app, Zoho’s alternative to QuickBooks.
Unlimited Verizon data (sort of), Apple’s possible move from Salesforce to Sugar, IBM’s move to Salesforce’s Service Cloud, Salesforce’s use of IBM’s Watson to power Einstein, Marketo and Infor partnership, marketing automation system rollups, Infor CRM gets out of neutral, Windows 10 upgrade reportedly “breaks” Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, Salesforce’s ongoing Lightning push, loyalty programs, rewards and CRM.
Sam & Steve discuss Dreamforce, Infor Next San Diego, CPQ technology, Amazon EC2 & S3, Chromebooks, Vertical CRM vendors and LinkedIn as CRM.
A post-Inforum 2014 discussion about Infor CRM (formerly SalesLogix) and how CRM fits in with Infor’s many offerings.
Sam and Steve trace Infor’s CRM moves from the 2011 bromance between Charles Phillips and Marc Benioff to the recent acquisition of SalesLogix from SwiftPage.