Best Solution for Large amount of company contacts, maybe CRM

We have a new client who has around 5000 company contacts and they wish to have all these contacts available to all of the 16 staff on their mac outlook, and their iphones.

They are currently with office 365 but have had a bad experience so we are looking to move them to hosted exchange.

From my experience using on premise exchange servers we can implement a solution like http://www.codetwo.com/exchange-folder-sync/  which synchronises 1 users contacts with as many users as you wish.

But with the general hosted exchange you dont get access to run 3rd party software on these hosted exchanges setups.

Is there another way we can do this and have all contacts accessible to all?

i feeling like a CRM that will integrate with iphone, outlook for windows and outlook for mac might be the best solution
DavidAsked:
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Richard DanekeTrainerCommented:
Any reason to NOT use the Global Address Book (GAL) in Exchange?
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> i feeling like a CRM that will integrate with iphone, outlook for windows and outlook for mac might be the best solution

I think that's a good idea. I use several products from the Zoho folks:
https://www.zoho.com/

One of them is Zoho CRM, which I use for myself and have deployed at a few small companies. Zoho CRM is relatively inexpensive (they even have a version that's free for up to three users):
https://www.zoho.com/crm/zohocrm-pricing.html

In my opinion it is very good. I know of one small company that replaced the (relatively expensive) Salesforce CRM with Zoho CRM and felt that it was just as good.

In terms of your requirements, it has a Plug-In for Outlook:
https://www.zoho.com/crm/outlook-edition.html

And an app for the iPhone (also has an Android app):
https://www.zoho.com/crm/mobile/sales-app.html

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
DavidAuthor Commented:
does anyone know of any other CRMS that are good for just contacts and have an iphone app and sync with outlook?
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> good for just contacts and have an iphone app and sync with outlook?

Although designed as Help Desk software, Spiceworks is good for contacts:
http://www.spiceworks.com/free-help-desk-software/

And it has an iPhone app:
http://www.spiceworks.com/free-help-desk-iphone-app/

I don't know if there's an app for syncing with Outlook, but it's possible, as it is an extremely popular package with a boatload of third-party apps/add-ons/plug-ins.

Another possibility is Nimble:
http://www.nimble.com/

It has an iPhone app:
http://support.nimble.com/customer/portal/articles/1163318

And it can import Outlook contacts, but I don't know if it can sync them:
http://www.nimble.com/how-it-works/

Note on that page:
Nimble software easily imports all of the basic contact information from Outlook
Regards, Joe

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