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While the CRM software market is broad and deep, below is a quick summary chart of just the top Software as a Service (SaaS) CRM software market share leaders. While these vendors make a good starting point, there are dozens of outstanding industry specific, geo-specific, niche market, open source, platform (such as software as a service) and other CRM systems which deliver purpose built functionality and outstanding total cost of ownership (TCO) for their respective target markets.
|Product Name||Dynamics CRM||NetSuite CRM||Oracle On Demand||RightNow CRM||Enterprise Edition|
|Subscription Pricing Estimate||Hosting offered by Microsoft and VARs; Pricing varies by VAR||$79.00 to $129.00 per user per month plus setup and add-on fees||$65.00 per user per month plus setup and add-on fees||$100.00 per user per month; minimum user counts apply||$125.00 per user per month|
|Marketing Key Features||Campaign management, lead management, email with trackable links and click-through, basic campaign analysis||campaign management, lead management, basic campaign analysis, PPC integration with Google and Yahoo, email with trackable links and click-through||Marketing campaigns, lead distribution, event management, email with trackable links, marketing dashboards and business intelligence||Campaign management, lead management, event management, email with trackable links and click-through, basic campaign analysis||Campaign management, lead management, drip campaigns, email with trackable links and click-through, basic campaign analysis, PPC integration with Google|
|Sales Force Automation (SFA) Key Features||Account management, contact management, opportunity management, sales analytics||Account management, contact management, opportunity management, sales analytics, data deduplication||Account management, contact management, opportunity management, quotes and sales orders, sales analytics||Account management, contact management, opportunity management, sales analytics||Account management, contact management, opportunity management, sales analytics|
|Customer Service Key Features||Ticket/case/incident management, routing, escalation, self service portal||Ticket/case/incident management, routing, escalation, customer surveys, knowledge-base, self service portal||Case management, email to case, routing, escalation, FAQs, knowledge-base, customer surveys, web and voice self service||Ticket/case/incident management, email to case creation, routing, escalation, FAQs, knowledge-base,customer surveys, web and voice self service, customer communities||Ticket/case/incident management, email to case creation, routing, escalation, customer surveys, self service portal|
|Information Analysis||Dashboards, Ad Hoc Report Writer, third party for OLAP||Dashboards, Ad Hoc Report Writer||Dashboards, Ad Hoc Report Writer, business intelligence (BI) and OLAP||Dashboards, Ad Hoc Report Writer||Dashboards, Ad Hoc Report Writer, AppExchange for data warehouses and OLAP|
|Groupware Integration||Exchange, Outlook||Exchange, Outlook, Mobile||Exchange, Outlook, Mobile||Exchange, Outlook, Mobile, Wireless||Exchange, Outlook, Mobile, Wireless|
|Other Key Features||Third party VAR network of software products, MS Outlook acts as Offline Edition||PRM, E-commerce suite, sales order processing, NetSuite Business Operating System (NS-BOS) supports ISV development and delivery platform, Offline Edition, CTI||Integration with Oracle Siebel and Oracle on-premise CRM systems.||PRM, Workflow Designer, CTI||Apex and Force proprietary development environment support platform as a service strategy, Offline Edition, CTI|
|Other Software Modules||ERP hosted ERP software available.||Full suite of integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.||Integration to Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.||AppExchange third party directory provides back office and vertical market software solutions.|
|Other Information||SAS 70 certified||SAS 70 certified||SAS 70, ISO 27001 certified|
|Average Customer Size||Across the board||Small business||Across the board||Middle market and enterprise||Across the board|
|Industry Solutions||Various vertical market solutions through ISV and VAR programs.||Software companies, Wholesale/ Distribution, Ecommerce, Services, Media, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Retail||Financial services, high tech, life sciences, automotive||Public sector, Financial Services, High Tech, Higher Education, Retail, Telecommunications||Vertical markets served through AppExchange products|
|Service Level Agreement with Guarantee||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Sometimes, normally reserved for larger clients|
|Number of Data Centers||3||1||2||1||3|
|Web Site References|
|Web Site Reviews||Online-CRM Review|
Responses are relative to and the result of varying levels of CRM vendor cooperation and as of the last update.
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