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True Costs of Salesforce.com

 

Time to renew your Salesforce.com contract?

Take a close look at the true costs before you do!



 
Let's Do the Math: Salesforce.com will cost you 2.5 times more than ACT! after 3 years!


Sage ACT! and Salesforce.com Cost Comparison


Compare the costs of 20 licenses and you'll see that ACT! offers more for less.*

 

  ACT! Premium   Salesforce.com
  ACT! Premium   Salesforce.com Professional
  ACT! Premium for Web   Support & Administration
  Upgrades and Technical Support  
  Typical Cost of Training & Implementation  

 

And if you want these features in Salesforce.com, you'll pay even more!


Busting Salesforce.com Myths

  • Myth:  With Salesforce.com, you don’t have to install software.
    Reality:  The NO SOFTWARE mantra is a myth. If you need to integrate with Microsoft® Outlook®, Word, handhelds, or use offline sync, you need to install separate programs for each process. You will need to enter a security token each time you connect.

  • Myth:  Salesforce.com Professional only costs $65 per month.
    Reality:
     You may enter a contract with the Professional Edition at $65/user per month, but you may soon realize that in order to have automated weekly backups performed, you need to upgrade to a higher edition at twice the cost. All of the management reports in Salesforce.com can be created with ACT! and Crystal Reports® – for less. You may get more reports in Salesforce.com out-of-the-box, but you definitely pay for it.

  • Myth: Salesforce.com is easy to set up.
    Reality:
      Not necessarily… For example, if you want a custom field to be in Leads, Contacts, Accounts and Opportunities, you have to create that custom field FOUR TIMES and then link them to each other.

  • Myth:  Writing Letters in Salesforce.com is easy.
    Reality:
      17 clicks to do a simple mail merge. The same process takes 8 clicks in ACT!.
  • Myth:  I can use Salesforce.com to send mass e-mail campaigns.
    Reality:
      True, but with the Salesforce.com Professional Edition, your entire company can only send 500 per user per day. The Enterprise and Unlimited editions can send 1000, but that is the maximum.
  • Myth:  Salesforce.com gives me all of my data in the offline client.
    Reality:
      Not true. With the Salesforce.com offline client, you are limited to: 5,000 accounts, 4,000 leads, Limited number of events.

* Price comparison based on 20 user licenses of ACT! Premium, 20 licenses of ACT! Gold Maintenance & Support 1 Year, estimated initial training cost of $1,500, cost of on-site implementation costs of $3,000 vs. Salesforce.com Professional 20 users at $780/user/year and support and administration at $195/user/year.
** Storage limitations using ACT! are a function of your local hardware configuration and limitations created by the database manufacturer.

 


 

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