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Looking for good, affordable Contact Management software

by cchirco / February 7, 2006 11:26 PM PST

I work for a small non-profit (4 employees) and we have been getting by with having "contact databases" that we have created in Excel spreadsheets to keep track of important names, phone numbers, addresses, emails etc. Well, this just isn't cutting it anymore, so I started to research ACT! 2006. From what people said about it on cnet, it doesn't appear to be a great piece of software. Plus, the only package they offer besides a single-user is the 5 pack, which is a little out of our budget. Basically what I am looking for is something that we will all be able to use as a central location to store contact information for all of our business associates, I'd like to be able to group these people, and I'd like something that would export the information to Excel if need be.

Thank you for any suggestions!!!

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How geeky are you?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 8, 2006 2:15 AM PST
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What about an old version of ACT!
by cchirco / February 9, 2006 2:37 AM PST
In reply to: How geeky are you?

I could probably figure it out, but I'm not sure some of my co-workers are geeky enough. What if I were to buy 4 older versions of ACT!, say 2004? Would I be able to use them together? Meaning, would we all be able to access each other's contacts? I see old versions of ACT! on ebay all the time.

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Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2006 2:42 AM PST

We tried that, Goldmine, and something from B.C. Canada and the issue was their multiuser implementation would ... blow up the database.

Since then I've moved to MySQL based solutions. The price is right and it's stable.


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(NT) (NT) how about MS Access? or even Outlook?
by Melati Hitam / February 9, 2006 2:46 AM PST
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Look at the per seat price of MS Access. If that, why not?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2006 2:52 AM PST

Open Office 2.0 and some machine hosting MySQL?

It now has a database component. But this is not a CRM solution. I supplied a search of the opensource and cheap solutions. Sourceforge has some nice ones but the issue here is that some want a click and play solution.

The free stuff takes a little planning and some hammering.


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