SalesWorks Takes On Salesforce.com With Hybrid Web/Desktop App

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Mission Research, a vendor of contactmanagement solutions for the nonprofit sector, has launched a product today at DEMO aimedat the SOHO market. The product is called SalesWorks and is similar to Salesforce.com, inthat it’s used to manage contacts or sales leads. In fact it’s being billed as “aSalesforce.com for the SOHO market”, but without the cost or complicated features.The people who founded Mission Research have a successful Dot Com sale behind themalready – Charlie Crystle and team sold Chili!Soft for $70 million in 2000 to CobaltNetworks (which was subsequently acquired by Sun Microsystems). Perhaps that success is the reason why theircurrent venture is focused on being “socially responsible”. For example, last year they donated over$1 million of software to nonprofits. In terms of their software approach, MissionResearch aims to produce a combination of desktop and Web tools – an approach they’venamed “The Hybrid Web”. They want to achieve “the powerand safety of desktop applications integrated smartly and safely with web-basedfunctionality.”Mission Research’s feature product is called GiftWorks, used for fundraising. But theproduct they’re launching at DEMO todayis called SalesWorks. Some of its defining features include a dekstop app; integrationwith web services such as mapping, eCommerce, back-up/restore, e-marketing mailings; anda user friendly interface.The cost is either free or $100 upward, but it’s not clear how the cost structureworks yet. In any case SalesWorks may well find a niche for businesses who don’t want togive up the relative stability and security of a desktop app for contact management, butalso want to take advantage of the Web. While Salesforce is a purely browser-basedservice, SalesWorks is betting on its low cost and desktop app rich interface as ways todifferentiate itself.Here are some screenshots:last_img