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Inexpensive CRM replacement, please?

Hello, We are currently using Business Contact Manger as our CRM software. We are having problems when having to re-install (computer crashes, etc) at this point and are looking to either upgrade to Office 2013 (which will allow us to use Business Contact Manager 2013) or to find a new CRM. The preferred option (long-term) would be to get a new CRM, as BCM (Business Contact Manager) does not meet all our needs, and is essentially defunct, but it would need to be less than the price of buying Office 2013 for the 4 users who use it (around $2100). [more inside]
posted by Laura in Canada on Jun 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Determine pricing structure for financial portfolio management software

With a couple of friends we are building a very sophisticated system that we believe is vastly superior to anything currently on the market. Our aim are independent financial management companies of any size in Europe (those non-bank companies that manage people's investments by buying and selling stocks, bonds, funds,...). The current market practice heavily penalises the small companies and only few of them can afford a good system. We want to change that. [more inside]
posted by caudingo on Nov 11, 2013 - 3 answers

What's the right software for printing and tracking quarterly invoices?

I'm looking for recommendations for a piece of software that automates printing and tracking quarterly bills to a few hundred customers that receive an ongoing service from a small business. I want to be able to import all the customers from Excel or something, place them in groups that pay different rates, and then EASILY print invoices once a quarter. Each invoice should come out automatically with the current rate for the group the customer is in. As the checks come in, I want to be able to enter those against the customers so I can track who has paid and who is behind. [more inside]
posted by steveminutillo on Nov 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Teaching Old Executives New Tricks

Computer illiteracy among top executives: there has to be a solution [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jul 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Need a cloud based invoicing / accounting program that is not Quickbooks

Before I begin, I know the most popular and reasonable answer will be to learn and use Quickbooks. There is some sort of 'block' in my brain that will not allow me to learn quickbooks and I am content in using a different software to do the simple things I am needing to do... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Apr 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Conference trip - business or pleasure?

I'm a Canadian software developer. I'm going to a conference in the US next month, and I'm not sure what to say when they ask if the trip is for business or pleasure. [more inside]
posted by problemspace on Oct 27, 2012 - 22 answers

I'm tired of sitting in a leaky rowboat... I wanna run a tight ship!

I am *finally* getting an assistant to help me tackle my workload and upcoming projects, which has been a chaotic undertaking for one person. She's really smart and retentive in exactly the way an awesome assistant should be... we're determined to get super organized as a team so I want to start off on the right foot and be able to focusing on monetizing instead of answering email all day. Here's my question: what are the best apps/sites/software nowadays to manage and document big workloads, contacts, meetings, tasks brainstorms, and overall projects and stay organized easily as a team? I know there has to be some great new stuff out there that I haven't heard of. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Aug 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Case Studies required of Software Business Failures?

I would be interested in hearing case studies for software business failures that have occurred due to one or both of the following factors: - Wholesale replacement of entire engineering staff (e.g. firing all staff in original location and replacing with staff in a new location). - Winding down product development on existing products with the expectation that it will be replaced by a new platform in the future (I'm thinking along the lines of Ashton Tate here and their DBase product). I would also be interested in hearing any examples of where either of these strategies has been put into effect, and it been a success, rather than a failure. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 - 7 answers

How to protect idea for database and apps after showing it to someone?

I sent a video outlining an idea I came up with for a DB and series of apps to a contact I made at a big org. I received a terse reply that appeared to be claiming the idea as theirs. What is the best way to respond? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Help Me Write a Business Plan for Software? I think?

So I have an idea for software related to my industry. I've thought about it, sketched it out, looked at existing/similar products and talked to some friends in the same line of work -- and I still think it's a good idea. Next step is ...? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Jun 26, 2012 - 14 answers

Sales tracking for a small business?

I am looking for an online or software-based solution to track monthly/quarterly/yearly sales numbers across multiple markets. As a small company, we are not opposed to paying for the service, but cannot afford anything too expensive. Any suggestions on programs you have used?
posted by Equiprimordial on Mar 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Affordable, multi-currency small business/accounting software for dummies?

Affordable, multi-currency small business/accounting software for dummies? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

When does the founder need a boss?

I'm the founder of my company, but I think I need a manager. Has anyone been in a similar situation where they actually hired a boss for their own company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 - 10 answers

How do I obtain a license to publish another company's old, non-monetized software?

I'm interested in obtaining a license to distribute a modified version of someone else's software from a large multinational corporation. How would I go about doing this? What sort of contracts would I need, who should I contact, and how can I ensure that I get the best deal? [more inside]
posted by Lakmir on Dec 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Need advice on shutting down a commercial software project.

I've reached a point where I don't have the desire to continue developing my commercial software product.  I need some help on deciding what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Good tools for project proposal effort?

Are there good third-party software packages or tools that can be used to manage labor and material estimates during a project proposal process? It's a little bit of project management and a little bit of sales. Specific needs include... [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Aug 31, 2011 - 1 answer

AccountingFilter: ready to get my act together. How?

I'm self-employed. How do I keep my books when I've never kept any books? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 - 11 answers

The programmer and the tester should be friends?

Is the relationship between QA and programmers naturally antagonistic? If not, what can you do to get the QA or QC engineers and software engineers to work together rather than try to tear each other apart? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2011 - 21 answers

Questioner that just won't quit. HELP!

How to deal with a customer that just won't stop asking pre-sale questions? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Apr 19, 2011 - 33 answers

Resources for making US software work in South America

Could you direct me towards information about what it takes to make a US software product available and work in countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina? [more inside]
posted by rmless on Mar 8, 2011 - 10 answers

How do I launch my webapp?

How to launch a webapp that derives its value from a community when it has no community? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Feb 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Microsoft SharePoint - ability to file-share with outside companies/collaborators?

Microsoft SharePoint - ability to file-share with outside companies/collaborators? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on May 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Do businesses spend way more on software than regular folk?

Am I correct in believing that the $$ spent on software by businesses (purchased from other companies or developed in house) is vastly, orders of magnitude greater than is spent on "consumer" software (OSs, productivity suites, games, etc.)? Is there data to support this?
posted by mpls2 on Mar 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Is there software that can help me sell my band's music online?

How can I sell my band's album online? I'd like to use software hosted on my own server so that someone can pay me and get a digital download. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Jan 25, 2010 - 5 answers

Pros & Cons of bringing web development in-house?

Pros & Cons of bringing web development in-house? [more inside]
posted by MeatLightning on Oct 9, 2009 - 9 answers

Where to find business advice for open source software

Where can I find professional advice on the business possibilities for an open source software project? Is there a good location to ask a very specific question and get an experts advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2009 - 4 answers

So, what do the big boys play with?

I'm looking for some really good helpdesk software. It does not have to be free. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by converge on Sep 3, 2009 - 3 answers

Is this the new corporate vanity web site?

How would I figure out how big the market is for iPhone apps that are basically collections of videos? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jul 28, 2009 - 2 answers

painting company organization software

business management software for a painter [more inside]
posted by jellywerker on Jun 19, 2009 - 1 answer

Need some tips on how to be a freelance developer

Now that I'm starting to do more part-time freelance software development, what kinds of things should I be considering? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome on Sep 17, 2008 - 5 answers

How to stop torrents at work?

I'm sure this question will not make me the most popular student at the dance, but is there a way to identify (via IP) machines running BitTorrent clients within an internal network (ie. work)? My company has around 50 employees, and the old, "Please don't torrent at work" doesn't seem to be doing much good anymore. It brings our email and web browsing to a near standstill, and dropping by the "usual suspects" is not only tiresome, but doesn't seem to find all the sources of traffic any longer. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
posted by numlok on Aug 11, 2008 - 27 answers

3 guys, fresh out of college, looking for some financial advice on obtaining a developer for our startup

Two college friends and myself are looking to put together a mobile application start-up. We have the business end of the startup covered, but we need to find a developer to help us out. We need some financial guidance on what to do and what not to do. Should we pay a freelance developer, or bring someone on board with us as a partner? [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo on Jul 16, 2008 - 15 answers

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

What's the best approach to take with the a lead software developer after being left holding the ball? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2008 - 5 answers

Software services gone good

Can you please help us think of niche software/IT services that positively impact people or the world... and can turn a reasonable profit? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on May 1, 2008 - 4 answers

I want to be passionate about my work... while working in my pjs

Can I make a living coding from home, and where can I find such a job? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Mar 1, 2008 - 14 answers

What cheap software or webapps can I recommend to help my friend manage her small business?

What free or cheap software, or webapps, can I recommend to help my friend manage and build her small business, a salon? Although there is software out there specifically made for this purpose, it seems out of her price range and shares a lot in common with more general software. [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee on Dec 13, 2007 - 8 answers

Can you recommend some business card scanning software?

Can you recommend any Windows software which will OCR photographed business cards, store them in a searchable database and work with Outlook? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Nov 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Help? I need software to manage my budget!

I need software to manage my personal & business budget. [more inside]
posted by idlm on Sep 20, 2007 - 7 answers

Business fulfillment software

I run a small mail-order shipping business and for years have been using an Excel spreadsheet to process and fulfill orders. Is there a database-based application that will do this instead? [more inside]
posted by zek on Sep 17, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I fast track my way into consulting?

How do I fast track my way into consulting? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on May 27, 2007 - 8 answers

What software is used in the phone sex business ?

I have one question which has three related parts: Q1. What companies are out there which provide the technology to operate a phone sex business where I can concentrate on marketing and they take care of all the backend processing allowing the individual phone sex operators to dial in from their own home and talk with their clients who are charged per minute ? I do not want to personally keep or maintain the software myself. I want to outsource this. So the sex operators would "clock in" at will and recieve calls at any phone they like. This software should also use some sort of accounting to keep track of time spent for each operator. Q2. Also, how are the phone sex operators paid ? by cashiers checks mailed out to them by Fedex ? This may not be practical especially if there are many operators. Q3. Finally since this business does not involve any pornographic images are there any laws I need to abide by like having to keep records and making sure everyone is over 18 years of age ?
posted by lc037 on Mar 15, 2007 - 9 answers

How can I run my one-man software business from abroad?

How can I continue to operate my one-man software business while out of the country for 3 months? [more inside]
posted by csugden on Mar 12, 2007 - 7 answers

Private label LinkedIn-type service?

Alternatives to http://www.xing.com/ and http://www.collectivex.com -- business networking services/software for groups? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Dec 31, 2006 - 2 answers

The wisest way to do ERP?

What is the wise way for a medium or large businesses to implement ERP software? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Oct 30, 2006 - 4 answers

Hiring at a bootstrapping startup company?

StartupFilter: A two-person software startup wants to bring on two developers, what can we offer them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2006 - 7 answers

Is Onbase the right base?

HAs anyone out there had any good or bad experiences with the OnBase Imaging software from Hyland? Our company is looking at becoming a reseller and I am just looking for different perspectives.... Thanks Gang!
posted by keep it tight on Sep 14, 2006 - 0 answers

Best small-business accounting software?

Number-crunchingFilter: What's the best small-business accounting software for a non-accountant? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Sep 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Help a small business with CRM-y goodness

Small Business Filter: I'm looking for an good out-of-the-box CRM solution for a small business. [more inside]
posted by discokitty on Aug 29, 2006 - 4 answers

Upgrading to ACT! ver. 7 or 8?

Is it worth moving to either version 7.0 or 8.0 of the contact/sales management software ACT!? [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Mar 29, 2006 - 1 answer

Robohead: Anybody use this?

Graphic Design/Business Filter: My creative business is in serious need of a good Traffic management/scheduling software solution. So far we found Robohead. A web-based application. Anybody used this? [more inside]
posted by tkchrist on Mar 1, 2006 - 3 answers

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