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The Cloud, Big Data, and the Future of CRM

I just read that Basho Technologies, which has created an open source, highly available and fault-tolerant data structure for the cloud called Riak, has landed a cool $7.5m in new funding. The news is interesting, as it shows more and more people are not only banking on NoSQL and other cloud-optimized data architectures from an … Continue reading

Is Your CRM System a Two-Way Street?

If you haven’t heard, Mitch and I are getting set to rap about social media and CRM in the “CRM in the age of Now” webinar sponsored by SugarCRM next week. We hope you can join us. In getting ready for this event, going over slides and ideas, an interesting topic came up. In describing … Continue reading

Search Versus Find, There is a Difference

While at the VRM+CRM conference a few weeks ago someone (my apologies I cannot remember who) did a nice job talking for a just a few minutes about the difference between ‘Searching’ and ‘Finding’. I have never really given it much thought, but there is a rather large distinction here. Wait, it must be Wednesday, … Continue reading

B2B CRM, Social Selling and the Value of Open Source

Sometimes, the simplest technology change can enable the most profound change in business processes. I just had a talk with our new CMO Nick Halsey about something that we have not really talked much about leading up to the Sugar 6 launch. And this seemingly insignificant change can potentially enable many of our existing customers … Continue reading

The Best Lock-In Strategy? Empower Your Customers!

SugarCRM CEO Larry Augustin and Eucalyptus CEO former head of MySQL Marten Mickos sat down with Spikesource CEO Kim Polese at the Structure conference today. The talk was around SaaS/Cloud and open source. It was an interesting talk – and brought up some interesting points. I think the most interesting one was not necessarily around … Continue reading