My Dream: Open Source CRM and Proposal Software

When I started working at my current job, I inherited a system that consisted of ACT! for our contacts, Deltek CRM/Proposals for our project info, and Deltek Advantage for accounting. In general, I find the Deltek products to be overly expensive and not very user friendly. And I liked Act! even less.

Being so frustrated with ACT!, I said to myself “I’ll make my own contact system.” And I did just that. I hired a developer from India to make a tailor-made web-based contact system. It is built on PHP and MYSQL, which are open source technologies. Plus I stipulated that all rights to the code be transferred to me. The whole thing cost me about $700 and it works great.

Why would I pay $399 per user for a contact management system when I can get my own made for $700 and have unlimited users? It was a bold call, but I’m happy with my decision.

This brings me to my dream. I have 1/3rd of the puzzle complete for $700. How much would it cost to do the other two pieces? I’m thinking I can get it done for $5,000 (when i get around to it).  That’s significantly less that I estimated the five year cost ($29,000) of moving to Deltek Vision for just contacts and proposals.

Is anybody else excited by the implications of a free-for-all open source CRM solution for the A/E/C industry? I believe its time has come. What do you think?

Comments

  1. Have you built the proposal software yet?

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