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Score 8.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

RO Reference Enablement

BL is great is you're going from a manual process to something more sophisticated. I'm not sure what the competitive landscape looks like with regards to Reference Software nowadays, but when we were evaluating a few years ago, BL was ahead of all other vendors in terms of functionality and integrations with SFDC
Katie Meeker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

Salesforce.com is an excellent option for other businesses as well. Using Salesforce.com has made it easier for us to keep track of our customers. Having everything in one place makes it easier for us to get what we're looking for. It integrates many functions. There's also a cloud-based approach that's convenient to use at any time. I believe the reporting or dashboard could be improved in the future, especially since the Lightning version has some ambiguous filters.
Al Mubassir Muin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Sales Force Automation

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.8
Customer data management / contact management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.4
Workflow management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.7
Territory management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.7
Opportunity management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.4
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.3
Contract management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.7
Quote & order management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.5
Interaction tracking
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.1
Channel / partner relationship management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.8

Customer Service & Support

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.5
Case management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
9.0
Call center management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.4
Help desk management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.3

Marketing Automation

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.9
Lead management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.2
Email marketing
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.7

CRM Project Management

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.5
Task management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.6
Billing and invoicing management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
6.7
Reporting
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.0

CRM Reporting & Analytics

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.2
Forecasting
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.9
Pipeline visualization
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.3
Customizable reports
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.5

Customization

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.1
Custom fields
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.3
Custom objects
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.4
Scripting environment
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.7
API for custom integration
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.9

Security

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.4
Single sign-on capability
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.3
Role-based user permissions
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.6

Social CRM

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.4
Social data
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.4
Social engagement
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.4

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.5
Marketing automation
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.7
Compensation management
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.3

Platform

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.7
Mobile access
RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.7

Pros

RO Reference Enablement

  • The system provides more visibility into available references and prevents references from being over-used. It allows the client (reference) to choose how often they can be contacted in a given time period and provides a closed-loop feedback mechanism to make sure the client is providing positive responses.
  • Allows account executives (sales people) to easily request references based on: product Used, customer vertical, location, account size, expertise, etc.
  • Uses a “Five Star” method to show how relevant the answers are when a results are returned from a search.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

  • Salesforce.com is extremely customizable. I would not consider it an out-of-the-box solution, although its standard fields allow for fundamental CRM activities and reporting.
  • Salesforce.com is able to integrate with 100s of third-party softwares—often times creating efficiencies in processes.
  • Reports within Salesforce.com have the ability to be simple as a standard Account report, or you can get very granular with your report filtering to segment a very specific result, eg. Accounts in California who are active clients and fall within the pharmaceutical industry and have a specified market capitalization.
Erik Viager | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

RO Reference Enablement

  • It could be cool if there was some automated built in surveys that could be used and attached to the reference. For example very short quick survey to the potential customer about how they felt about the reference, a short one to the sale rep involved to show if it was a good fit to bring the reference and potential customer together. Then show those collective results on the reference record and when searching for a reference.
  • I would like a better way to build and track points for those at the contact level of a reference and a the account level.
Tom Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

  • Costs vs. ROI: The initial cost to BUILD whatever instance your SF sales rep presents to you and sells; the COST associate to get to that build is NEVER explained or discussed.
  • The Salesforce sales rep's job is to sell you on an idea and hope, rather than practical application, implementation, and realistic expectations of the egregiously cantankerous and universally overpriced CRM.
  • They do not vet, manage or hold accountable their 'implementation partners'. Again, the sales rep for Salesforce; their job is to sell you the platform, not what you they showed you the platform can do. There is extreme neglect in discussing the actual cost to get their CRM platform to do WHAT they have showcased to you. Not to mention the time it takes to get there. Not to mention the partners they refer to you are random. These 3rd party companies do ALL the work and make ALL the money on behalf of Salesforce, for themselves. You get stuck in contracts with mediocre service or lackluster results and there is NO recourse for you as the consumer against these 'partners'.
  • If I want to sell GM cars, GM has standards and minimums they require in order for me to represent their brand. If I do shady dealings, rip customers off or am just a terrible business to be in business with, GM would strip me of my dealership title for their brand. SalesForce does no such thing. I could start a company to implement salesforce, have you sign a contract and deliver a garbage product. If you go to SF to complain about that; "Our hands our tied" as I have been told.
  • Salesforce does not care about your user experience, they just want you to buy more. It is a Sales organization, not a software company. Again, they do not care about your business, the negative impact of their CRM rollout, or how terrible their 3rd party support partners are. They. Dont. Care. They just want your money.
  • SF is aware they are the biggest player on the block. They have all the cards. You, the consumer, as an individual business, have no power or say.
Kurt Johansen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

RO Reference Enablement

RO Reference Enablement 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Boulder Logic is just so easy and is in Salesforce
Tom Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

Salesforce 10.0
Based on 49 answers
While it's not perfect and can be overly complicated at times, there is not another solution out there that can do what it does. To get the same functionality you would need numerous disparate tools to match the amount of functionality Salesforce has. Having it all aggregated on one platform makes the complicated parts far more bearable
John Cupoli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

RO Reference Enablement

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 8.1
Based on 84 answers
I think Salesforce is going to be a fantastic resource once we get fully onboarded and trained and are using all the features we want in our company. The problem is that onboarding is not intuitive and is very labor-intensive. After you make the agreement to purchase and settle on a price, they come back and recommend spending thousands more to have someone onboard for you. It's a hidden fee that isn't part of the original negotiations. In our case, we couldn't afford that right off the bat so the onboarding process is slower than expected, but we will eventually get there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

RO Reference Enablement

RO Reference Enablement 9.0
Based on 1 answer
No known issues
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.8
Based on 54 answers
Salesforce is always available securely from any internet-capable device anywhere in the world, UNLESS you choose to set security measures so that ONLY trusted IP ranges may access the system at certain times of the day. It's all about choice and flexibility with Salesforce products.
Kyle Dugger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

RO Reference Enablement

RO Reference Enablement 9.0
Based on 1 answer
No known issues
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.0
Based on 36 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
Rob Gottschalk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

RO Reference Enablement

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 7.7
Based on 111 answers
I rate the overall support for Salesforce.com in 10 because they are accomodating, very responsive, timely, and handle issues or inquiries professionally. We never had any issues with raising it or waiting too long until it is fixed. Nothing to worry about if we have something to raise it will always be smooth and hassle-free communication.
Angel Arciaga | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

RO Reference Enablement

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 7.9
Based on 11 answers
I attended two training sessions. I would rate them a 4 as an advanced user. It was very basic – great for someone new – would give 8+ for new person.

I had 3 years of experience at the time. I skipped basic and went onto advanced and still not helpful. A lot of it was best practices that didn’t feel relevant for our business
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

RO Reference Enablement

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.1
Based on 15 answers
I have gone through multiple. The content that’s delivered is quite basic – I wish they had more advanced training.

We are grandfathered into premium support plus training. We get unlimited access to instructor led and online training for free. We have taken advantage of this
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

RO Reference Enablement

No score
No answers yet
The process of asking each reference how often they’d be willing to be contacted was the biggest task.
We made assumptions for current clients, and ask each new client once they become a customer.
Along with which specific skill-set they’d be willing to be a reference
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.4
Based on 32 answers
Just from an organizational standpoint - we standardized our data prior to moving to Salesforce. But we essentially standardized it wrong. That's created a big disgusting mess for us know that I'll have to deal with as the Admin. Be sure you think through use cases prior to doing something like that - seek outside opinions on how the data will work best, especially depending on what else you're going to integrate with Salesforce.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

RO Reference Enablement

While I was one of the decision makers in this process, I didn't sit on the demos for the other providers (I was brought in further in the sales process). My understanding from my team was that BL was much more configurable and support more robust integrations that the competitors
Katie Meeker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

When evaluating a CRM solution for our company we had a fairly simple decision process. We had to decide to buy vs build an internal solution - which we found for the cost Salesforce would save from development / IT perspective and provide a more robust solution. The closest out of the box competitor we looked at was the Microsoft Dynamics CRM product -and again, we found Salesforce to be a more robust / cost effective solution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Contract Terms and Pricing Model

RO Reference Enablement

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 8.7
Based on 3 answers
Salesforce has never been able to answer a question I've had, but I've heard from colleagues that they respond quickly. Market leaders tend to be more professional when things go awry. For CRM systems, Salesforce is by far the most popular. I've used CRM systems before Salesforce, and they weren't even close. Salesforce has such a monopoly on the market that they consider us as users. Inextricably linked, the two are one.
Aononna Tazin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

RO Reference Enablement

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've worked with Salesforce since 2001 in companies ranging from 4 to hundreds of sales people and the system has been able to scale and perhaps more importantly expand (functionally) to the needs of larger organizations. In fact in my previous company, as a provider of a solution that integrated with Salesforce, we had customers that had thousands of sales people using Salesforce.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Professional Services

RO Reference Enablement

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.0
Based on 3 answers
I believe it is the best customer relationship management system available. We use it for everything and have integrated other platforms to give customers/accounts a 360-degree view. According to Salesforce customer service, it is beneficial for tracking all information, and the reporting/dashboards are unique. It's where we keep track of every sale.
Al Mubassir Muin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

RO Reference Enablement

  • Increase time to fill: All references are filled within 2.5 days or less. For a program that isn't managed by one person, full time, we look at this stat as a win for our organization. BL def. helped us in cutting down the time it takes to find a reference.
  • Increased employee efficiency: The customer marketing team still owns the day to day administration (approvals) of the system, but we've drastically cut down their effort. We no longer need to search for the reference (the sales reps now do this themselves) - and the triggers to the account managers have been a huge help in cutting down the time to approve.
  • Greater visibility: BL has allowed us to capture denial reasons - which means we know why a references is being denied - which means we can hide them from coming up in future search results.
Katie Meeker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

  • Companies that either hire consulting expertise or have in-house experts will benefit the most. It can be a powerful tool. Manage it correctly and there will be great benefits.
  • Conversely, if companies don't implement Salesforce.com with a plan, there will be frustration and small if any ROI realized.
Quentin Goin | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

RO Reference Enablement

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

RO Reference Enablement Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Salesforce

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Salesforce Editions & Modules

Edition
Essentials$25.001
Professional$75.001
Enterprise$150.001
Unlimited$300.002
  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. Per user/Per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

RO Reference Enablement
9.0
Salesforce
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

RO Reference Enablement
10.0
Salesforce
10.0

Usability

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.1

Reliability and Availability

RO Reference Enablement
9.0
Salesforce
9.8

Performance

RO Reference Enablement
9.0
Salesforce
9.0

Support Rating

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.7

In-Person Training

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
7.9

Online Training

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
9.1

Implementation Rating

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
9.4

Contract Terms and Pricing Model

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
8.7

Scalability

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
10.0

Professional Services

RO Reference Enablement
Salesforce
9.0

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