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A number of low cost applications integrate CRM with project management functionality. These web based applications are popularly referred to as SaaS or Software as a Service. This business model offers the benefits of affordability (several are free for 3 or fewer users) and accessibility to a maintenance free collection of applications. The potential drawbacks are the necessity of a high-speed Internet connection and data security. Following is a collection of CRM options combined with project /matter management technology.
DeskNow Mail & Collaboration includes a contact management component that organizes contacts in unlimited contact folders and shares contact folders (a company address book is created by default) with others. You can sync contacts with Outlook, Palm, PocketPC or mobile phones and import/export contacts to/from Outlook and most other applications in CSV format. A license for 5 users is $149($249 for ten users). Attorney Aaron J. Rittmaster discusses this application in How to Be Mobile on the Cheap for GPSolo.
QuickBase by Intuit (makers of QuickBooks) has a CRM module and combines elements of a database, a spreadsheet and a sales management application, all in one package. Customers pay an initial one-time fee of $249 for the first 10 users, and $3 per additional user per month. Additionally there is a Legal category of applications for time and billing, multi-party litigation, contract management, and a document library with a built-in revision-tracking feature. See this PC Magazine review for more information.
Salesforce for Google Apps is the result of a partnership between Google and Salesforce CRM. The combination enables access to the Google Apps suite of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, and Google Docs from within Salesforce. Google Apps comes in two versions: Standard Edition is free, but ad-supported. Premier Edition begins at $50 per account, per year.
WorkSmart.net by Legal Services was founded in 2000. WorkSmart.net provides legal services firms with a Web-based solution for delivering matter centric collaboration, sharing information and best practices within and across their organizations to more effectively manage client relationships. Pricing for 1-10 users including 500 GB of storage is $11.00 per user with no long term contract requirement.
Zoho by AdventNet is an assortment of nearly twenty applications that can be downloaded as desired to comprise a Suite. Founded in 1996, Zoho is free for up to three users. Zoho CRM is $12 per month for a professional version and $25 per month for the enterprise edition with an Outlook plugin for an additional $3. Tom Mighell discusses Zoho in The Online Office: How Google's and Zoho's Tools Match Up Against the Big Gun for ABA Law Practice Magazine.