CRM and Salentica, LogicBright CRM, Datacap and Promero Hires, Netelligent's Dance Contest, Atidan and SharePoint, Sage and SyncSite, Retalix

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CRM and Salentica, LogicBright CRM, Datacap and Promero Hires, Netelligent's Dance Contest, Atidan and SharePoint, Sage and SyncSite, Retalix

The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music is more of Elton John's 1974 shows in London and New York released in 1976 as Here and There. This was his best band doing his best songs, plus there's a guest appearance by John Lennon, so it's probably the one Elton album you want on your iPod:

Netelligent has launched an interactive promotion designed to showcase the new Cisco Digital Media System, and bring exposure to Netelligent's software applications designed for the Cisco platform.

There's a video dance contest located at The audience can view, submit and vote on the individual dance performances. The Grand Prize is $2,500. The three runners up will receive $500. The contest is open to Netelligent's Customers and Partners and Cisco's Employees, Customers and Partners.

The promotion will run from March 3rd to April 18th, 2008. Tune in to see Rich Tehrani perform a traditional Persian dance, replete with beaded fringe shirt.

With the UC Dance Contest, the audience can choose how they want to be involved, from simply viewing video performances, to voting for their favorite video, to actually doing a dance and submitting their video.

Word is Bob Thompson will do his patented break dance, Paul Greenberg the hora and Greg Gianforte the Texas Two-Step. Don't wanna miss this one, folks.

Tarrytown, New York-based Datacap, a vendor of flexible capture and forms processing software products, has announced enhancements to its Channel Sales Program and the hiring of Dennis Daugherty as Channel Program Manager.

A VAR-focused organization, Datacap develops software for imaging, enterprise content management and database products. Its Taskmaster's rules-driven architecture enables flexible configurations without "extensive" programming, company officials say.

Daugherty's primary role at Datacap will be to expand its Channel Partner Program by recruiting new product providers and working with existing partners to expand growth.

Prior to joining Datacap, Daugherty spent eight years as Channel Sales Manager at IBM, focusing on Enterprise Content Management, Business Intelligence and Database software products.

Salentica Systems, a vendor of client management products for financial services, has announced a hosted FASTRAK version of its flagship product for wealth management firms, Salentica Advisor Desk, based on Version 4 of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Used in Salentica's SAS 70 audited data center, Advisor Desk FASTRAK is described as "an attractive product" for wealth management firms without sufficient IT resources to manage the server environment, according to Bill Rourke, President, Salentica.

Brad Wilson, general manager for Microsoft Dynamics CRM at Microsoft, said the new offering "will provide more choice to customers looking for a CRM product tailored to their needs."

LogicBright CRM has launched version 1.5. The new version is "faster, easier and more customizable than before," according to company officials who describe LogicBright CRM as "an innovative contact manager for small businesses."

It's a Web-based small business lead and contact management software, and now is "30 percent lighter" with more features. "We want to be the easiest to use, but not at the expense of our speed. No one likes to wait on pages loading," correctly stated Steve Schmidt, president of LogicBright CRM.

The 30 percent decrease in average file size puts LogicBright CRM among the lightest Web based CRMs on the market, the LogicBrighters feel. In fact, company officials say, "a LogicBright contact record is almost half the size of the same record in SugarCRM Professional Edition."

One new feature is the ability to arrange data in any layout. Users can drag and drop the data fields into position. Other features include a new user wizard, themes and appearance enhancements and expanded widget options.

Since LogicBright CRM is Software as a Service all existing and new users are upgraded to version 1.5. The new version is being released March 2nd, 2008.

Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Atidan, a vendor of software-development and IT consulting, has announced the availability of the Atidan Collaboration Kit, which works with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

The kit has six Web parts designed to ease the user's ability to find and share information, from group calendars to most-visited content within SharePoint sites. In addition, it has a Web part providing Facebook integration. "With these tools," the Atidians say, "users can circumvent a long and arduous discovery and resource-seeking process."

"SharePoint has become the standard if you are building line-of-business application sites, especially if you are talking about ERP, CRM and business-process-oriented kinds of products," said Barry Engel, Atidan's EVP Business Development.

Describing himself as "excited" by the "enthusiasm" of the SharePoint community since the release of Document Explorer Web part in the fall of 2007, Advait Chitalia, Vice President Technology at Atidan India, said since October "we have had over 5,000 downloads of the Document Explorer alone."

The collaboration kit has a consolidated Calendar Web part which synchronizes and provides a unified view of the calendar events of all the sub sites in the portal. There are also Document and Site Explorer, two Web parts which make it easy to navigate through multiple sites, document collections and documents, all with the Explorer interface.

The "MyFacebook" tool lets users see their friends' status updates and notifications from within SharePoint.

The Collaboration Kit is free and currently available for download at

SyncSite has announced that is was named to Sage Software's distinguished President's Circle for 2007, a distinction given annually to business partners and national consulting partners generating the highest sales revenue during the previous fiscal year.

SyncSite is a Sage SalesLogix Business Partner for Sage Software, focusing exclusively on the sales and support of Sage SalesLogix CRM and companion products. Adding to the company's year was inclusion in Sage Software's Million Dollar Club.

Million Dollar Club honors are given to top ranking business partners who have exceeded one million dollars in business across Sage Software's product lines and products groups. President's Circle winners were honored at an official awards ceremony held at the lush resort destination of The Ritz Carlton in Cancun, Mexico this past January.

Promero has announced today the hiring of Cameron Holden as its Vice President of Sales. President Gregg Troyanowski said Holden's "knowledge and experience in architecting contact center products" will be "a great value" to our clients.

Cameron Holden has more than 19 years in the telecom, technology and communications industry. He was Vice President of Global Networks at Nortel Networks CALA and was recently awarded Nortel's Circle of Excellence Chancellor award for exceeding sales objectives for five consecutive years.

He has also held positions as Senior Systems Engineer at Motorola Nortel in Plantation, Florida, International Network Engineer at Northern Telecom Canada and Design Engineer at Bell Northern Research/Northern Telecom Canada.

Founded in 2001, Promero sells contact center products. It's a Worldwide Oracle Certified Partner for Siebel CRM and Contact Center Anywhere, IEX Channel Partner and Authorized Reseller for TotalView Work Force Management and Cognos Channel Partner for Business Intelligence.

Retalix has announced that The Charles C. Parks Co., a regional distributor to convenience stores in the southern U.S., will upgrade the supply chain technology in its Gallatin, Tennessee-based warehouse with Retalix PowerWarehouse, Retalix Power Voice and Retalix Power Productivity software products.

"We required a warehouse technology upgrade," said Tom Cripps, chief financial officer at Charles C. Parks. "Retalix's PowerWarehouse platform in particular offered the flexibility, visibility and reliability we needed."

Retalix PowerWarehouse is a warehouse management system designed for route-based, multi-stop food distributors. Using barcode scanning and wireless radio frequency technologies, the software automates numerous warehouse operations including receiving, returns processing, order selection, shipping and inventory control.

Power Enterprise is Retalix's suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for convenience and food service distributors. It offers a variety of customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management, operations management and business management products.

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