CRM Talk Podcast


Accel KKR makes a 9 figure investment in SugarCRM. Some of the other potential compatible AKKR companies. Sugar’s redesign and re-architecture. Sugar’s one-clickedness. Mitch Lieberman‘s take on the investment and his advice, including going all in on the cloud. How the sales team needs to be more consultative and real. The idea of conversational engagement. The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation and some of the positional changes since last year. A close pack in the Leader quadrant. bpm’online is alone in the Challenger’s quadrant. ProsperWorks rebrands to Copper. Copper’s win percentage vs Salesforce. Salesforce and Google are cozying up. Will Google acquire a CRM vendor? Google’s Hangouts Meet as a viable online meeting app.

About the Hosts

Sam Biardo

Sam founded Technology Advisors in 1991 to help businesses improve sales, marketing and customer service performance. Representing some of the top CRM products in the world, Technology Advisors has since grown to include the full range of CRM services--business advisory, implementation, customization, training and support. Sam’s 35 years of experience in both the business and technical sides of Customer Relationship Management make him a proven expert in this field. Sam the co-author of “Getting Started with SugarCRM”. He is on the partner advisory board for both Infor CRM, Act-On and SugarCRM.

Steve Chipman

Steve has been working with CRM technologies since 1999. He and the team at his previous company helped hundreds of companies across a wide range of industries find success with a number of CRM applications, including SalesLogix, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Sage CRM, and Salesforce. In 2013, Steve shifted his focus, co-founding a vendor neutral consulting practice called CRM Switch. CRM Switch helps companies become more successful with sales, marketing, and customer service technologies, no matter which vendor they ultimately select. Steve is the primary author of the blog at CRMSwitch.com, which was rated a “Top 20 CRM Blog for 2015” by CRM Buyer.