AlwaysOn today announced the AO100 Top Private Companies for 2006. The fourth-annual elite AO100 list was compiled by the AlwaysOn editorial panel. In order to make the AO100 list, companies had to be peer-nominated, with AlwaysOn receiving more than 1,000 nominations from venture investors, investment bankers and other industry experts.
SugarCRM Inc. today announced its selection as one of the first open source application partners for Novell's® Market Start program, designed to make the low cost and easy back-office integration benefits of open source and open standards-based enterprise applications easily accessible to small and mid-sized businesses. SugarCRM's Sugar Suite is the first customer relationship management (CRM) software to be selected for the program, reflecting the application's status as the market's most successful commercial open source enterprise platform
SugarCRM has added to its suite of commercial open source customer relationship management (CRM) products with the release of Sugar Enterprise Edition.
Priced at $499 per user, per year, Sugar Enterprise Edition also includes technical support. Key features include support for the Oracle 9i database, an offline client, advanced reporting, and a "Module Loader" for plug-and-play installation of third-party extensions.
Last month, SugarCRM marked the one-year anniversary of its launch by noting several milestones. SugarCRM said there have been more than 260,000 downloads of its Sugar Open Source Edition and 250 paying customers for its professional edition.
Also, some 575 open source developers are contributing new code and enhancements to the system, and nearly 9,500 participants are active in multiple forums sponsored by the company.
SugarCRM is about to launch an on-demand product for managing customer relations that it says will set businesses back just a fraction of the cost of other products on the market.
SugarCRM has a business model similar to that of Red Hat. It offers a free open-source version of its customer relationship management (CRM) application, Sugar Sales, on Sourceforge.net and sells licences for its enterprise version, Sugar Sales Professional, which includes additional features and services.
The on-demand product will bring CRM to companies that could not use it before because of restricted IT and financial resources.
"CRM is a $6 (billion) industry.