After a long history as a contact management and relationship tracking tool, ACT! 2005, is expanding to offer more sales force automation features for small to midsize businesses. Now available in a workgroup version, it offers new templates, enhanced opportunity management, additional security, contact record permissions, group scheduling features, and new quote generation functionality. Technical improvements include an SQL database and a complete .NET platform positioning ACT! for total Internet accessibility. The balance of power will surely shift in the competitive landscape as ACT! 2005 covers SME CRM areas currently marked by competitors such as Goldmine and MS CRM.
management, marketing automation, sales force automation, and call center management. Now, more than a decade later, the odds dictated that ACT! should have been overshadowed and its market share divided up among the new packaged applications. However, a few acquisitions later ACT! has still managed to maintain its raison d'tre , retaining over two million users in North America alone. Looking to further consolidate its leadership in the lower-end CRM marketplace, ACT! is once again undergoing a