General CRM questions

Is there a good CRM solution that provides the following?

Centralized DB accessible via internal app and external browser?
Campaign management that can utilize & filter centralized data for elaborate mailing campaigns?
Ability to migrate or link to legacy data?
Reporting against CRM data?  Perhaps linked with Crystal or Actuate?

Does anyone know if Microsft CRM provides these?  Anyone have experience with MS CRM?

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Hi ara99,
Micrsoft CRM would definatly fit your senario and has may integration options.
It is also very customizable to fit most market verticals - i have only recently started to look at this and visted a microsoft event to get some more information.

I certainly think you shoudl consider looking at it.

Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Why don't you take a look at and see what CRM 3.0 is all about?  But it may be TOO much for you if all you want is campaign management.  Can you provide the vertical market you're in?

ara99Author Commented:
We're a multi-national, multi-stakeholder non profit.  We are constantly in the field meeting with and developing relationships.  We have a weak Access based system for inputing those names (no web enabled interface).  We are going to be developing a new platform and want a robust system to primarily  input contact info and develop marketing and mailing campaigns based on that info.  Specifically mailing campaigns with smart handling of bad email addresses, inadverdant spam blocks etc is a must.   I'm sure there are a lot of other features we could benefit from (reporting, other) that tools may offer as well.
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I'd suggest that you read some of the reviews over at and hear what other NPs have used.  There are also good links there for getting this stuff at highly subsidized prices.


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