After a long history as a contact management and relationship tracking tool, ACT! 2005, is expanding to offer more sales force automation features for small to midsize businesses. Now available in a workgroup version, it offers new templates, enhanced opportunity management, additional security, contact record permissions, group scheduling features, and new quote generation functionality. Technical improvements include an SQL database and a complete .NET platform positioning ACT! for total Internet accessibility. The balance of power will surely shift in the competitive landscape as ACT! 2005 covers SME CRM areas currently marked by competitors such as Goldmine and MS CRM.
Best ACT! Is Still to Come Event Summary Anyone involved in sales during the eighties would surely remember ACT! as the crucial contact management tool. The competition was fuzzy until the dawn of customer relationship management (CRM) when vendors appeared offering new packaged applications that included contact management, marketing automation, sales force automation, and call center management. Now, more than a decade later, the odds dictated that ACT! should have been overshadowed and its market sha