Saleslogix VS Salesforce – Go!

Salesforce is the most popular CRM system available presently, and they’ve kind of become ubiquitous as “the” CRM system kind of like how Google is “the” search engine, etc. This isn’t for no reason, either. While they’re very expensive, Salesforce is very flexible, very powerful, and theoretically, its features are unlimited, due to its comprehensive development API, Apex, and the App Market which allows developers to make available things that can make Salesforce do anything. Salesforce seems to win pretty much every match up it’s pitted in, against big contenders like Microsoft, Sun and yes, even Google. But, will it be the winner of Saleslogix vs Salesforce? Well, before we get into Saleslogix vs Salesforce as a point for point compare, let me give you a small spoiler here. While the comparison will have a definite winner and loser per category, which may seem to give an overall winner, when it comes to this, the “winner” really depends on what you need out of your CRM, what your budget is, and what kind of foreseeable growth you expect in your organization presently. So, now that that little addendum is out of the way, let’s actually pin these bad boys up and see who trumps who in what, because I know that’s what you all came here to see. Data Storage: Data storage capacity and reliability is one of the most important things to look at with things like CRM. I know that may seem slightly odd to you if you’re not a tech hound, but when you really think about it, it makes sense, doesn’t it? So, one of the key core things to look at when comparing CRM is this exact thing. Unfortunately for Salesforce, Saleslogix actually kind of has the upper hand here. Salesforce offers 20MB per user or a total of 1GB (1,024MB) for most plans. They’ve recently offered an additional 500MB of storage for a whopping $1500 more. Ouch! Saleslogix, however, offers 100GB per 50 uusers, and an additional 100GB is only $50. Features: Saleslogix puts up a good fight here, offering some top notch features for data exports for weekly functions, richer marketing campaign management, offline access and mobile API. These are nice, but for now, they don’t win the feature war. See, Salesforce can be bent to do anything Saleslogix can do here, given its customizable everything, and while Saleslogix offers a nicer mobile API, Salesforce’s apex API works fine for mobile development too, the market’s just still new for this particular design idea. Pricing: Pricing, they’re evenly matched, with their basic plans both being $65, though to get the full power of Salesforce, the price will triple. Saleslogix doesn’t increase much in price to get the full experience. So, all in all, in a straight comparison, Saleslogix wins the database, Salesforce wins the feature war, and the victor in terms of price is in the budget of the beholder entirely. They’re neither one cheap. So, in the battle of Saleslogix vs Salesforce, it would seem that they’re kind of evenly matched, though those who plan to grow, and want all of their other software in use now or in the future to sync well with their CRM will probably want Salesforce. But, if you’re new or don’t need bells and whistles beyond highly-competent CRM functionality, Saleslogix might be a better choice.
Amanda is the Lead Author & Editor of Rainforce Blog. Amanda established the Rainforce blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Salesforce usage.