|Vetting Open Source CRM Software Solutions|
|Open source software is making waves in enterprise IT; even so it's a flood short of a tsunami when it comes to CRM software. While open source CRM systems offer advantages in eliminating acquisition costs and offering source code flexibility, market growth has yet to take off. The bulwark preventing its rise is sometimes built of open source's own limitations.|
|Is Open Source CRM Mission Critical Ready?|
|Open Source CRM has become a densely populated market with several viable software products and active user communities supporting them. Especially in the small and medium size business environment, an open source CRM package may be an answer to your CRM needs that also delivers cost savings, software extendability and a vibrant user community.|
|What Does Open Source CRM Success Look Like? Ask Estes Inc.|
|Estes offers an illustrative case study example in why and how open source CRM software and ERP software systems can deliver unique value for businesses. Estes turned to SugarCRM and Compiere in order to develop customizations necessary for business process requirements unique to Estes' industry, and to do it at a lower cost than with a commercial solution.|
|Don't Forget To Consider Open Source CRM in Your Software Selection|
|When evaluating CRM software systems, scope out every possibility. That includes taking a hard look at whether an open source CRM system can fill your company's business needs while possibly saving you some money and delivering more software flexibility. Here's a short list of some key factors to consider and some market share leading CRM systems to explore.|
|Is Open Source CRM Ready to Compete?|
|With its low cost of entry and flexibility, open source software is becoming more attractive to a growing number of businesses, even for mission-critical applications such as customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence (BI). While SugarCRM leads the pack, many other CRM software vendors are vying for early market leadership.|
CRMoutsiders.com is an outstanding blog that covers both the open source and social CRM movements written by industry expert Chris Bucholtz, with input from other CRM thought leaders. Chris is a SugarCRM executive, but delivers original thoughts and engaging conversations in a vendor neutral format.
CRMforecast.com offers open source CRM software reviews. This website includes open source CRM software reviews, vendors and supporting content.
CRMsoftware360.com shares their annual Top 5 Open Source CRM Software Applications list.
CRMlandmark.com's open source CRM software research survey and results shares a good analysis of the market software leaders and the early results of customer adoption.
OpenSourceBizApps.com, a library of open source business software systems, including CRM, ERP, human resources, distribution and manufacturing systems.