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Apptivo

(UPDATE: Please note that my review was for the Version 5 of their apps. They have recently updated 2 of their main apps to V6 which show a lot of improvements. The sad thing however is that many of their 40+ apps never even made to V5 let alone V6. V5 to V6 has taken over a year and only the core apps are getting attention.)

As it stands Apptivo is only useful for one person or sole trader type entities. If your business wants to use all the apps and works internationally then Apptivo will create headaches and frustration rather than increasing productivity. They may solve many of the 100+ items we provided them with free of charge in an upcoming release, but we left with a bad taste in our mouth. Countless hours lost in our business while we acted as bug finders for Apptivo while paying for the product.
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Salesforce

Salesforce is amazing for many scenarios, pretty hard to find one that doesn't fit. It's great if you are an executive who needs to know everything about an account prior to a meeting, but doesn't want to have to look in a million different places. If you are a sales rep, and you need to know how many opportunities you've created or what's in your pipeline, your dashboard has it. Say you are a customer success manager, and you need to find out when or why a certain customer churned, theoretically it's all there in the opportunity. You should have their entire history, products suites, surveys and any supporting notes and documents.The only scenario I don't think SFDC excels in would be utilizing it as a ticketing system. There are just too many systems specifically geared to that industry that have it more built out and user-friendly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Sales Force Automation

Apptivo
4.7
Salesforce
8.3
Customer data management / contact management
Apptivo
8.7
Salesforce
8.7
Workflow management
Apptivo
6.8
Salesforce
8.1
Territory management
Apptivo
4.5
Salesforce
8.4
Opportunity management
Apptivo
4.5
Salesforce
8.8
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Apptivo
6.0
Salesforce
8.0
Quote & order management
Apptivo
1.0
Salesforce
8.0
Interaction tracking
Apptivo
1.8
Salesforce
9.0
Channel / partner relationship management
Apptivo
4.5
Salesforce
8.1
Contract management
Apptivo
Salesforce
7.7

Customer Service & Support

Apptivo
5.7
Salesforce
8.5
Case management
Apptivo
7.7
Salesforce
9.0
Help desk management
Apptivo
3.6
Salesforce
8.3
Call center management
Apptivo
Salesforce
8.4

Marketing Automation

Apptivo
4.5
Salesforce
7.7
Lead management
Apptivo
4.5
Salesforce
8.2
Email marketing
Apptivo
4.5
Salesforce
7.2

CRM Project Management

Apptivo
7.3
Salesforce
7.8
Task management
Apptivo
8.7
Salesforce
8.4
Billing and invoicing management
Apptivo
4.5
Salesforce
6.7
Reporting
Apptivo
8.7
Salesforce
8.3

Customization

Apptivo
6.4
Salesforce
8.0
Custom fields
Apptivo
6.4
Salesforce
8.3
Custom objects
Apptivo
6.4
Salesforce
8.3
Scripting environment
Apptivo
Salesforce
7.6
API for custom integration
Apptivo
Salesforce
7.9

Security

Apptivo
9.8
Salesforce
8.7
Single sign-on capability
Apptivo
9.9
Salesforce
8.7
Role-based user permissions
Apptivo
9.7
Salesforce
8.7

Platform

Apptivo
9.7
Salesforce
7.5
Mobile access
Apptivo
9.7
Salesforce
7.5

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Apptivo
Salesforce
8.4
Forecasting
Apptivo
Salesforce
8.0
Pipeline visualization
Apptivo
Salesforce
8.6
Customizable reports
Apptivo
Salesforce
8.5

Social CRM

Apptivo
Salesforce
7.0
Social data
Apptivo
Salesforce
7.1
Social engagement
Apptivo
Salesforce
6.9

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Apptivo
Salesforce
8.0
Marketing automation
Apptivo
Salesforce
8.4
Compensation management
Apptivo
Salesforce
7.5

Pros

  • Built in support for new users.
  • Basic crm works...just dont expect it do anything well beyond the basic.
  • Price.
  • Google Apps integration is better than a lot of the competition who charge and anwful lot more.
  • They are open to and try adapt quickly based on customer feedback.
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  • Salesforce is great at day to day organization through schedules tasks and events. It helps with efficiency as you have your required tasks laid out for you as soon as you log in.
  • Customization in Salesforce is both a blessing and a curse. If you understand how to utilize custom fields to better organize your list views and reporting it is invaluable.
  • Being able to mass email directly from the platform is great as it automatically logs the activity and streamlines the process
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Cons

  • Homescreen claims to be the center of the application however the sub sections are mostly flawed or do not function as one would expect.
  • The built in email client kinda works but depending on which section of the app you are in the default font will be different from your signature. Also you cannot add a cell phone to staff signatures. I asked about this for months. It was never fixed. When will CRM companies learn that email is STILL the center of many business. It is unacceptable to have different fonts in the same mail and signatures that change from client to client.
  • They frequently messed up our contact data.
  • Multi currency exists on invoices but not on other apps.
  • Fragmentation with their apps....some apps are still on version 3 some on 4 and some on version 5. This means you are forced to deal with 2 or more different user interfaces within the same app.
  • No consistency between the apps.
  • Often there is little or no integration between the apps inside Apptivo.
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  • It is a very intimidating platform to new users. It's not at all intuitive or user friendly and definitely requires some training and help.
  • No customer service. If you only pay for the basic license good luck figuring out problems as customer service just refers you to the community boards to search for it there.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Salesforce10.0
Based on 48 answers
Cloud based and future looking - Salesforce has either set or kept pace with the latest in technology. At least two major feature releases a year allow an organization to keep up with the latest changes. Mobile and the release of their new analytics platform are just two examples of how Salesforce continues to innovate.
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Usability

Apptivo2.7
Based on 1 answer
Our uses kept running into bugs that stopped them from doing simple things like creating a contact or selecting an item from a custom drop list which is required to save the contact or item. This of course is after time was spent filling out all the previous data which gets lost when you cannot complete the form. This is just one example of many.
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Salesforce8.0
Based on 34 answers
I think as a user, it's simpler - and it's so very configurable. From the admin side, it's more complex because there's so much you have to learn/know before you can start truly administrating an instance. That being said, administrating it can be easy - our PTO request process is a custom-built Salesforce object. Most things in Salesforce are easy to figure out if you're technologically-minded, and it's also a simple tool for users that may not be as technologically savvy.
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Reliability and Availability

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No answers yet
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Salesforce9.8
Based on 27 answers
All Force.com apps run on world-class data centers with backup, failover, and disaster-recovery facilities. Force.com has had a proven 99.9 percent uptime record for years. Accordingly, I only recall our instance of Salesforce having one unscheduled, brief down time over 6 years. I can't remember for sure, but it may have been due to our Internet Service Provider (ISP) versus Salesforce itself. Also, Salesforce does it's best to keep customers in the loop:

Trust.salesforce.com is the salesforce.com community's home for real-time information on system performance and security. On this site you'll find:

Live and historical data on system performance
Up-to-the minute information on planned maintenance
Phishing, malicious software and social engineering threats
Best security practices for your organization
Information on how we safeguard your data
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Performance

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Salesforce9.0
Based on 18 answers
Salesforce performance in general is excellent. "The cloud infrastructure beneath Force.com has been fine-tuned over the past 10 years. It powers nearly 100,000+ businesses running more than 185,000 applications that 3 million users count on every day."
Points per Salesforce -
1) Multitenant kernel - With a multitenant platform, each business that uses the app doesn’t have its own copy. Instead, all businesses share a single copy and then customize it for their specific needs.
2) ISO 27001 certified security - You can’t compromise when it comes to enterprise-level security. Force.com is road-tested and trusted by nearly 100,000+ companies, including many of the world’s most security-conscious organizations, such as banks and health care providers.
3) Proven reliability - All Force.com apps run on world-class data centers with backup, failover, and disaster-recovery facilities. Force.com has had a proven 99.9 percent uptime record for years.
4) Proven, real-time scalability - Force.com is used by many of the world's largest enterprises, including Cisco, Japan Post Network, and Symantec. Applications can automatically scale from a few users to millions of page views, as needed.
5) Real-time query optimizer - You need fast access to your data. The Force.com query optimizer delivers under 300ms response time, at a massive scale.
6) Real-time transparent system status - You can always see real-time system performance, availability, and security information at trust.salesforce.com.
7) Real-time upgrades - Unlike traditional software platforms, our upgrades never break your customizations, code, or integrations. We upgrade the platform for you 3 to 4 times each year. As a result, you’re always on the latest version, with access to the latest features, performance, and security enhancements.
8) Real-time sandbox environments - With a single click, you can create copies of your applications, configuration, and data in separate environments for development, testing, and training.
9) Three global production data centers and disaster recovery - Force.com runs on three geographically dispersed, mirrored data centers with built-in replication, disaster recovery, a redundant network backbone, and no single points of failure
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Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Salesforce4.9
Based on 30 answers
I understand you can pay more to get support but as I stated, I feel strongly that if you are paying for SAAS technology like Salesforce you should be afforded the courtesy of the company explaining how to use it's features. I like to refer to the basic license as the "Figure It Out Yourself" license.
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In-Person Training

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Salesforce7.9
Based on 11 answers
All instructors are Salesforce certified. If you have done any type of customization, then it probably makes more sense to use the consulting partner who implemented your instance of Salesforce for training
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Online Training

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Salesforce9.1
Based on 15 answers
The premier level of training is capable of preparing any individual from infant user, to technical architect. That is not hyperbole.
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Implementation

Apptivo3.6
Based on 1 answer
If you are starting a business and want a free app or nearly free app that can grow with you....then apptivo could be for you. However if you grow faster than them then you will be quickly seeking alternatives
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Salesforce9.4
Based on 16 answers
Its the end of June. We won't be complete until end of summer
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Alternatives Considered

Sellsy is the app that comes closest in terms of feature set. It is a lot more expensive but even with its flaws and terrible Google integration is still is a measurably better product in terms of taking care of your business. Unfortunately for Apptivo it tries to do everything with its 40+ apps but not one of those apps succeed in being great when compared to the competition. The competition in all cases are much more expensive than Apptivo but it is a case of you get what you pay for.

Solve360 is probably the best Google integrated crm product on the market today however it is not a business management platform. Work[etc] is another great platform with excellent Google integration but doesn't do stock management or multi-currency. Also way over-priced!
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Salesforce has been the only CRM tool in my career. But I love the tool and would select it 10/10. It has numerous different access points and plug-ins, and, being an admin at my old company to a salesperson at my new company, I miss the ability to go into the app store and download new plug-ins to try.
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Scalability

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Salesforce10.0
Based on 2 answers
Salesforce has the unique ability to scale to new products and offerings quickly growing with your enterprise.
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Return on Investment

  • It cost us money.
  • We lost a few hundred man hours on this. We stuck with them for a while based upon the promises received and the excellent speed at which support would reply to concerns. However fixes to the big issues still have not arrived a year later.
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  • Postive impact: Our enterprise sales team of 20 AE's has been able to effectively scale and stay organized based on SFDC organization.
  • We often have customers/prospects complementing our sales team on being thorough and not dropping the ball on opportunities.
  • I do not have the exact numbers, but I am sure that because of SFDC organization, our company makes millions in revenue that would otherwise be lost due to inaction.
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Pricing Details

Apptivo

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Apptivo Editions & Modules
Apptivo
Edition
Starter
Free1
Premium
$101
Ultimate
$251
Enterprise
N/A
1. Per User per Month
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Salesforce

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Salesforce Editions & Modules
Salesforce
Additional Pricing Details