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Monday, December 25, 2006

MRM - Another angle

Check out Arash Ghanaie-Sichanie's blog posting about Microsoft CRM as a platform for building your business application.

He does a good of explaining how Microsoft CRM provides a set of building blocks allowing you to focus on solving true business problems, rather than building all of the fundamentals from scratch. Which is exactly why we are building our vertical solutions on top of Microsoft CRM.

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

New support option

AdvantageWorks has added an additional method of support for our current and potential customers via our new Google discussion group. We believe the use of our products and solutions should be a pleasant experience and providing this public forum is an extension of that principle. This public discussion group allows you to ask questions, make suggestions, and solicit feedback from the AdvantageWorks product teams, as well as other members of the AdvantageWorks community:

Please note this forum is not meant to be a replacement for direct support from AdvantageWorks and if you are in need of direct support or prefer to contact support directly please continue to contact us directly via email or phone:


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Happy Holidays

The team at AdvantageWorks wishes a happy holidays to all of our subscribers and hope the new year brings you many blessings.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Ascendix Technologies Announces the Release of Real Estate Advantage™ - THE Commercial Real Estate Solution for Microsoft CRM

Dallas, Texas (December 12th, 2006) – Ascendix Technologies, in accordance with their vertical strategy, has announced the release of Real Estate Advantage™, targeted at those companies that are in the business of buying, selling, servicing or investing in commercial real estate. Real Estate Advantage™, awarded Microsoft's certification for the Microsoft® Dynamics™ platform, is a specialized CRM solution helping commercial (office, retail and industrial) real estate companies manage assets, leases, tenants, vendors and prospects in marketing, service, sales and support functions. More effectively managing these complex business relationships helps real estate companies reach their business objectives of becoming more productive, efficient and profitable.

Built on the Microsoft® Dynamics™ CRM 3.0 platform, Real Estate Advantage leverages the tools your organization already uses, such as Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, MapPoint and SharePoint, increasing the intuitiveness and adoption rates that so often plague CRM implementations. In addition, the Microsoft® Dynamics™ CRM 3.0 platform maximizes the investment you have already made in infrastructure using tools such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft® SQL Server, Active Directories and .Net frameworks.

"Selecting Microsoft® Dynamics™ CRM 3.0 as the platform for Real Estate Advantage™ seemed like a natural fit for this vertical offering, considering the abundant usage of the tools like Outlook and Excel already in use at many, if not all, of the target firms. We simply did not want to force anyone to change to a whole new set of tools, but rather to augment that which they already have. With ten years of CRM implementation experience, laser-like focus on commercial real estate and the robust partnership with Microsoft®, we have created a value proposition that simply does not exist in the marketplace today," stated Wes Snow, President and CEO of Ascendix Technologies, Inc.

"Our partnership with Ascendix exemplifies the Microsoft® vision we are bringing to fruition of 'Integrated Innovation,' leveraging Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM 3.0." stated Darlene Perfetto, Director Dynamics ISV Business Development, Microsoft Corporation. "With the inclusion of dynamic Web services, tight integration with Microsoft Office and the Microsoft development environment (Microsoft Visual Studio® 2005), Microsoft® CRM 3.0 was an obvious choice for Ascendix to use as a platform to bring its Real Estate Advantage™ solution to market in a limited amount of time. Microsoft® CRM 3.0 is the obvious choice for ISVs to build industry leading vertical customer relationship management (CRM) solutions."

Ascendix will be unveiling the Real Estate Advantage™ solution through a series of regional product launch events, with locations tentatively set for Dallas, Irvine, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York and Boston. The first launch event is slated for February 6th in Dallas, Texas at the Microsoft offices in Las Colinas.

About Ascendix Technologies – Ascendix Technologies, Inc., a Microsoft® Certified Gold Partner, is a privately held corporation located in Dallas, TX. Founded in 1996 by Todd Terry and Wes Snow, the company is celebrating its 10th year in business focused solely on the implementation of CRM systems for companies in both the mid and enterprise market space. In 2003, Ascendix turned to a vertical strategy, quickly carving out a niche in the alternative investment products, financial services and commercial real estate industries. For more information, please visit Ascendix on the web at www.ascendix.com .

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Website Refresh

We have updated our website recently, so swing by and take a look.  The original site was designed by a 3rd party and consisted of mostly static pages with lots and lots of images where text and CSS should have been used.  The site now loads much faster and allows us to provide my dynamic content.

Updates include:

  • New Product Page
  • Support Information
  • Download link

Our home page has also been refreshed to include our first add-on component for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 - The Split View.  This is the first in a series of product released designed to enhance the usability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 and reduce the time need to develop custom solutions.  Upcoming releases will include:

  • Relationship Navigator
  • Data Import Utility
  • Action Plans
  • Software Development Kit (SDK)

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