Mobile CRM Review: Sugar Mobile for iPhone: Page 2
Sugar Mobile for iPhone Reports and Features
Not all CRM software options are available in apps, but the SugarCRM app does offer a nice selection for mobile CRM users to stay on task. It offers just enough features to be extremely useful, but at the same time it won't weigh you down and leave you lost trying to maneuver through reports and data on a small screen. Here is what you get with the unmodified Sugar Mobile for iPhone Application:
- Accounts: add links, usernames and passwords — all modules available.
- Contacts: access contact details on the go. The address includes integration with Google Maps.
- Opportunities: when leads become real opportunities, you can name the relationship stage (e.g., closed or won), and view or edit all details.
- Leads: edit leads, log calls (via single-click logging on iPhone), edit details, and log emails.
- Meetings: Pulls from your opportunities and provides you with instant access to scheduled meetings and tasks. You can also add new meetings.
- Tasks: a to-do list scheduler that can be viewed or edited. The details of each task also show the team member who will follow-up or complete the task.
- Cases: open cases and manage support cases for on-site customer support.
- Employees: your company directory.
Sugar Mobile for iPhone also allows mobile users to view reports and associated files. The Sugar 6.1 administration area has new options to choose what is displayed in the mobile CRM app. A new screen lets CRM admins drag and drop modules to disable or enable them in the Sugar Mobile for iPhone application. When you create custom CRM modules and publish them in Sugar Admin, you can also choose to enable them for use in the mobile users.
Social Media Integration Features in Sugar 6.1
While the Sugar Mobile for iPhone app is a big addition, the newest release of Sugar 6.1 also moves the CRM software into the social era. Most CRM users tend to "live inside" the CRM app but often have to leave that workflow space to manage social tasks.
The new social features in Sugar 6.1 bring social capabilities inside the CRM application. One new social management tool is the Twitter Connector. This lets Sugar 6 users to monitor Twitter stream from within the Sugar installation. The new Twitter Connector enhances Sugar Cloud Connectors and social feeds so users can share any type of external data including video, social networking information, or any records from the CRM system.
Other new features in the latest release worth mentioning are the email management and communications capabilities of Sugar. Sugar 6 offers integration with Microsoft Outlook 2010, as well as better support for all IMAP email protocol, such as Gmail, from within the Sugar email module.
This latest version also provides more global support, with the addition of 13 languages fully supported by SugarCRM, in addition to the more than 80 community supported language packs available. This lets users evaluate SugarCRM in the different integrated languages and local currencies without needing to download and install a language pack.
Sugar 6 Availability
The software is available in three editions: Sugar Community Edition (free download), Sugar Professional ($360 per year) and Sugar Enterprise ($600 per year). Sugar Professional and Sugar Enterprise currently offer the native iPhone application. A free trial of Sugar 6.1 is available from the SugarCRM website
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