Switch Act 6.0 to Outlook BCM.

Would it be easier to switch Act 6.0 to BCM with 2003 or 2007 version?  

Any tips on how to do this.

busterbritAsked:
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
BCM with 2003 would be a big drop in features compared to ACT!.... 2007 is closer.
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busterbritAuthor Commented:
Thanks GL

Do you know a good site that will walk me through the transfer and show me what I would loose.
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
Not really... most users I know who switch to BCM ended up going back to ACT!

You might try a mate of mine (Lon) at www.pinpointtools.com
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busterbritAuthor Commented:
The problem is that I have to switch to Vista and my Act 6.0 will not work on it.  All the reviews say that Act 10 is horrible and this version is the only one that will work on Vista.  So I thought I would just make the painful switch now since Act can't get their act together.
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
ACT! 10 is actually pretty good on Vista... ACT! 7 and 8 were real problems
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busterbritAuthor Commented:
Do you work for Act? :)

Have you actually used Act! 10?  I heard it really slows down your computer.  That it takes 5 minutes to open and 2 minutes to look up a contact.

I also heard it is really hard to upgrade and crashes the system a lot.

What are your thoughts?
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
Nope.. I don't work for ACT!, nor do I sell it.

I'm using ACT! 10 under Vista Business.

How much RAM do you have? Under Vista, the OS will take about 600-800 MB, so you really want 2GB for it to run well.
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busterbritAuthor Commented:
GLComputing-

This is good news.  I was stressing with switching to BCM 2007.  Although I can get BCM 2007 for free maybe I will purchase Act 10.

So it runs well for you?  I will have 4 gig of ram.

How do you like Vista Business?  I have Vista Premium but I can get Vista Business for free.   Should I upgrade?  The only thing I really need is faxing to mulitple people like I do with Winfax right now.  Can I fax using Act 10?

Thanks!!!
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
4GB is plenty... the other thing is to have a hard drive with 7200rpm or faster. The old 5400 rpm drives will make Vista and aCT! look pretty slow.

It took a month to get used to Visa and Office 2007, but now I do like them better. Some things are harder to find others are easier.

I thought Premium was above Business... so it wouldn't be an upgrade for you

For faxing, you can use FaxAdmin to link to WinFAX - http://www.glcomputing.com.au/main/40/1
If doing a lot of faxing I find MergeMaster much better - http://www.prodocom.com.au/mergeMaster.php
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busterbritAuthor Commented:
I have the 7200rpm as well.

Actually Business costs more.  Premium has DVD maker and things like that.  Business has more security and also has fax & scan features.  Have you used the fax and scan feature.

Looks like I will try Act 10.  The reviews are just so bad.

Thanks for all your help.
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
Haven't tried fax&scan

I've seen bad reviews of the earlier versions of ACT!... not so many with 10. In fact it one the Small Business CRM awards late last year. Some up to date reviews are listed here - http://www.act.com/company/newsroom/inthenews/
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