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What is the difference between ERP and CRM software?

Customer Relationship Management and Enterprise Resource Planning are, naturally, related technologies. CRM is all about driving your business towards a customer-focused approach. ERP is much more about taking a financial and logistics oriented view over your organisation operates.

The two fields of CRM and ERP are not incompatible. The opposite is actually the case. More often than not they can complement one another. CRM is the largest software market in the world, so it really is an expert subject in its own right. The same goes for ERP, though it’s worth pointing out that many CRM and ERP specialist vendors dip their toes into one another’s core markets. Read more

Which of the Following Statements is True of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems?

  • CRM is Expensive
  • Open-source CRM is all just old forks of SugarCRM
  • Open-source CRM doesn’t scale
  • A great CRM allows your organisation to concentrate on a customer-focused approach
  • An Open-Source Low-Code Development Platform gives your CRM more flexibility
  • The best free CRM uses standardised technology
  • A real open-source Salesforce alternative exists

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Why Are Standards In Technology Important?

As the world simultaneously tackles health crises, social crises and economic crises, this might seem an impossible question to answer. I would argue that a major priority is to stay informed about the facts and different points of view with respect to the facts.

However, even this is hard to do when standards of reporting and journalism often seem non-existent. That word “standards” is really important. Without standards, everything becomes messy. We need to hold our governments to high standards just like we need to ensure the quality of our food and water reach hygiene standards.

In this regard, technology is no different. It too needs to be standards-centric. We also need to know that the right experts have inspected the quality of the source code. This means independent experts, not just those chosen and paid by the authors to assure the quality, security and reliability of the execution. So technology being open source helps a lot too. Read more

Advantages of Rapid Application Development include which of the following?

  • More Flexibility
  • Faster Results for your Business
  • Increased Delivery Quality
  • Standards-Oriented Platform
  • Cloud-Ready
  • Lower Costs

The answer is: all of the above, and more!

Low-code development is taking the world by storm. It’s estimated to increase at a annual growth rate of 45% to become a market worth $54 billion by 2024. It’s an exciting market to be in. Crust leads the way the field of open-source, delivering an advanced low-code development environment at the heart of its product suite. Read more

Is an Open-Source Low-Code Platform Really Right for You?

Some users and even software vendors seem to think that open-source and low-code platforms compete with one another. I’ll be honest, the title of this article even came from one such vendor. And, it is a crazy line of thought, in the same way as the Mattermost vs Slack argument in the field of open-source chat. It’s futile without putting the respective feature sets front and center. Whether an open-source low-code platform is the best choice for your organisation or not is dependent on the feature set and quality of the product – not that the software code is available in the public domain or not.

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What is an open-source Low Code Platform?

It’s a cliché to say by now, but the world has entered stormy economic waters. Spending on information technology is due to decrease for the foreseeable future. Being less expensive than traditional development and often delivering better results, the growth of Low Code Platforms is about to accelerate even further. Crust offers the premium free and open-source Low Code Platform for building records-based management web applications.

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It’s time to turn the page on open source forks of SugarCRM

It is a testament to SugarCRM that it spawned so many open source forks, before deciding to take itself down an exclusively closed-source, proprietary route. There seem to be dozens of them out there, each claiming to be unique while all working from the same core community edition engine, abandoned by Sugar CRM all those years ago. Read more

What is a Digital Transformation Strategy?

I was recently asked this question and at the same time asked to explain what free CRMs have to with the subject of digital transformation. Naturally, we here believe that Crust is the best free crm on the market, providing the market-leading open source Salesforce alternative. However, more importantly, we provide a low code platform that rivals “Lightning”, the Salesforce rapid application development offering in every facet. CRM is just the tip of the iceberg – with Crust and Corteza we can build just about any type of records-centric web applications. Read more

Open Source Product Innovation and Marketing Collaboration

According to Wikipedia, “Innovation in its modern meaning is a new idea, creative thoughts, new imaginations in the form of device or method. Innovation is also often viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs or existing market needs. Such innovation takes place through the provision of more effective products, processes, services, technologies or business models that are made available to markets, governments and society.

Personally, I like the use of the term “more effective” above. It says something important which is often missing in open source products. It’s not good enough to only write beautifully-engineered technology, because that’s often not what counts as more effective in the eyes of those who buy. We need to think through the whole context outside of engineering – the processes, the services, the business models etc – and we need to ensure that the big picture looks and feels more effective overall. Read more