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Plaxo Effectiveness

Posted on 2009-07-09
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Any experiences or recommendations on using Plaxo to coordinate and share a database on various computers?  It seemed to work fairly well a few years ago, considering it again... thoughts?

(It would be used to synchronize a large Outlook 2007 database between up to 3 computers, which I may substitute to the newer version of ACT! in near future).  
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by:jdera
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I believe may not have this question in the best zone.  What  connection are you trying to accomplish with BB?
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by:CanadianJeff
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I remember using Plaxo to coordinate between two MS Outlook databases a few years ago.  Now, I have added my BlackBerry to the mix, but would like it if I could synchronize between my home DB and my work DB (so they are the same).  Right now I only sync my BB at home, because if I do it at work, I get multiple duplicates and so on.  If Plaxo synchronized home and work DB's, then I could simpy update at either location to my BB.  
 
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by:CanadianJeff
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Do I have it in the wrong zone?  I had some trouble trying to determine where...
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jdera earned 350 total points
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Based on what you want to do I would have put in the bb zone as well.  As of recent blackberry is not supported by plaxo.  Take a look at the below for info and an interesting alternative.

http://cellphones.lovetoknow.com/Plaxo_Sync_for_BlackBerry
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by:Mike Lazarus
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What databases ae you trying to sync?

If trying to do this with ACT!, I can guarantee both duplication of your database and loss of data
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by:CanadianJeff
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Ok, wait a minute.  Took a look a jdera's hyperlink, and while it's talking about the Plaxo link to BlackBerry (and Outlook), it also mentioned BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server)... and it suggests that every change made on either the desktop OR the BlackBerry is immediately changed on the other!  This is potentially the news I was looking for (and apparently unaware of).  So, this brings me to two questions:
1) Would BES enable me to "push" from/to the BlackBerry and between TWO desktop systems?
2) How does one get BES enabled?  Is that through a corporate firewall, the company does it, or does the cellular carrier provide that service?  This is something I (apparently) never did.
(PS:  GL - I'm still using Outlook, still considering the switch to ACT!, but exploring the current options as well.  It's a complicated world out there!!)
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by:Mike Lazarus
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If you switch to ACT!, the ACT! systems can sync and then sync with the Blackberry via something like Handheld Contact
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by:CanadianJeff
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I think you told me about that before, GL, the HHC that is, but they weren't ready for the Storm 9530 at the time.  I'll have to take another look see now, but I'm not onto ACT yet, either.  
I'm not familiar with how the BES works, can anyone elaborate on that for me, or should I post a new question somewhere else (BlackBerry)?
 
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by:CanadianJeff
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I'm still not entirely certain if Plaxo will sync the way I want, even if I only use MS Office, and I'm not sure which way I'll go yet... though I think I'm going to skip Plaxo, but nevertheless the input was valuable, so thank you.
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