What is the difference between Act! CRM Products?

Act! software has a CRM Edition that has 2 product types; Act! Growth Suite and Act! CRM, both are available as Act! Hosted (Act! CRM Cloud) or Self-Hosted (Act! CRM Subscription) solutions. Act! CRM software provides the ability of having Windows, Web and Web Mobile access options; on-premise, cloud or hybrid – whichever is best for your organization. When comparing the CRM options it comes down to costs and deployment of the software.

So what is the difference between the Act! Growth Suite and Act! CRM software products? Marketing Automation

Compare Act! CRM Cloud (Act! Hosted) and Act! CRM Subscription (Self-Hosted)

Selecting either an Act! CRM Cloud or Act! CRM Subscription product, Act! CRM allows you to configure a deployment solution based on your organization’s needs. You have the ability to deploy via Windows on a local network or laptops with remote databases synchronizing to the central database. You also have the ability to deploy via Web and Web Mobile by including a web server and users will have real time access to the central database through their browser or mobile browser. Your organization can deploy Act! in a mixed environment (Windows and web) to support a varying set of user needs – including connected, disconnected, and offline access.

But what if you don’t have the IT infrastructure or personnel to support the deployment of the Act CRM software product? That is where Act! CRM Cloud comes in. Act! offers an annual subscription for their cloud service where they will host your central database and provide the Web and Web Mobile access for your users. You can also have an offline client (a remote database that is installed on a Windows machine), one offline client per cloud subscription, that synchronizes with the central database being hosted with Act!. An active Act! CRM Cloud subscription includes the central database hosting service, software use, Act! Technical Support and Act! software updates during the term.

Add Custom Tables to your Act! CRM – With Act! Custom Tables you can unlock the full potential of Act! using Custom Tables and Industry Templates. Custom Tables Manager provides maximum adaptability so you can bring complex data sets, unique businesses processes, and specialized industry practices together in Act! to manage your business. But unlike spreadsheets, you can associate individual table entries to Act! contacts, companies, groups, and opportunities for easy reference. Plus, you get the benefits of CRM to action on the data—create activities and to-dos, send follow-up emails, engage in informed sales conversations, and more.  Act! Custom Tables Add-On is available for both as an Act! Hosted or a Self-Hosted solution with a per user cost for the additional functionality.

SUBSCRIBE TO ACT! CRM TODAY!

With any of the Act! CRM products you have the option of paying  annually or every 2 years. An active subscription includes the software use, Act! Technical Support and Act! software updates during the term. The cost will be less over time with a 2 year subscription compared to an annual subscription. With subscription you renew at the end of your term (don’t worry, you will be sent reminders for the upcoming renewal) for another term and continue to use your software. If you fail to renew your subscription your software will stop working. Having an expired subscription does not mean you will lose your local database or files and you can easily activate the software again by renewing your subscription to continue the software use. Keep in mind if using the Act! hosting service there will be a limit to how long they will continue to have your data on their cloud servers for any lapsed subscription.

You can purchase the Act CRM Cloud Subscription products as well as Act! CRM Subscription products with current discounts and promotions from our ACT CRM eStore at www.actplatinum.com. If you have any additional questions please send us a Contact Us form.

Act! CRM Subscription – Why You Should Subscribe vs Buy Act! CRM

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Gone are the days of walking into a local office supply store and purchasing business software off the shelf and using that software for a long period of time. With the onset of Microsoft Operating System and Office products daily updates (an exaggeration – but it seems like it) it is hard to buy software today and have it continue to be compatible with other computer software tomorrow.

Older version Act! customers are used to buying Act! as a perpetual license – this was the long-established model used to purchase software. You pay for your software license and had the right to use it as long as you wanted or as long as it would function. Although perpetual licenses had a history of being used for a long period of time, now they have a short lifespan and within few years eventually become obsolete, due to factors such as compatibility with operating systems or other business applications and manufacturer support of the software. Furthermore if your version has reach obsolescence adding more users will not be an option with the outdated software – not a good situation for a growing business.

Continuing to use a version which is no longer supported means that service packs and updates will not be provided which as a result exposes you to risks including loss of integration, features not functioning properly or the program just stops working – can your business afford not having your customer data available? As a result you may need to upgrade more frequently for the continued use of the software and the compatibility with other of business applications.

For the last several years Act! has had a subscription model available that includes software upgrades as they are released, exclusive features and Act! Technical Support rolled into an annual price, thus doing away with compatibility or obsolescence issues. With the Act! CRM Subscription licensing model you pay an annual per user fee which allows you to use the software during the subscription term. The key difference with the subscription model and the perpetual model is that you don’t own the software, instead you rent it. Subscription replaces the planned (or unplanned) costs of buying software and support with annual subscription payments making the software with the included services more affordable.

The Act! CRM Subscription model offers better affordability with a predictable payment schedule, becoming an ordinary part of your business operational expenses. Think of it as an insurance policy and paying an annual premium to keep your business software running.  Also scalability is not an issue – if your business is growing you will be able to add more users with the purchase additional seats.

Act! CRM Subscription Products

Unlike other competitive products, Act! Subscription does not mean a Cloud Only solution. With Act! CRM Subscriptions you will have Windows, Web and Mobile solutions with either the Act! Hosted or a Self-Hosted option.  With the Act! Hosted CRM Subscription Act! will host your database and provide the technology necessary for you to access via a compatible web and mobile browsers. This also includes a local install of the software with a database that synchronizes with the hosted database and the database can also be networked for multiple computer access. With the self-hosted, on-premise  option the software and data resides on your server or central computer and networked desktops.  You can setup synchronization and also deploy your own web and mobile access – all the software is included with the self-hosted subscription.

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Act! CRM Cloud, Act! CRM Self-Hosted and Act! Pro now have Vertical Solutions

Act! CRM Cloud, Premium and Pro Products – Now Have Vertical Solutions

Platinum CRM Consulting, a leading Vertical Solutions developer, is introducing their verticals for Act! CRM’s v20 suite of products

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., February 14, 2018 – Platinum CRM Consulting, an Act! CRM Diamond Preferred Partner, has vertical solution products available for the following industries: Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate, Finance, Insurance and Mortgage. These industry-specific solutions, were created for Act! CRM’s latest v20 suite of products and provide added functionality that captures key data and increase the value of Act! CRM.

Act! has been a pioneer in the CRM space and is the proven, trusted choice of entrepreneurs, small and mid-sized businesses and sales groups for over 30 years. Businesses have the freedom to tailor Act! to fit their unique needs with a vendor-hosted Cloud or self-hosted Premium or Pro products. Whether your business needs a cloud solution, a pc solution or a combination of online, offline and mobile access – Act! offers all at an affordable price point.

The vertical solutions, now available at www.actplatinum.com, are specifically designed for the latest versions of Act! CRM Cloud, Premium and Pro. These vertical solutions are a great start and a right fit for industry information and processes tailored for your needs. Additional customization can be made using Act! and without the need or expense of a programmer.

“Our vertical solutions for Act! CRM are affordable. For around a dollar a day, per user, you can have an Act! Premium subscription with a vertical solution,” says Debora Boyle, President of Platinum CRM Consulting. “And for less than 2 dollars a day, per user you can have Act! Cloud hosting with a vertical solution.”

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