600cc vs. 1000cc CRM Systems

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As sales force and marketing automation systems get older they tend to get bigger and more powerful. Starting from a single application focus, usually a small and compact sales force system, then growing the application code base to cover every business component that can be standardized into a suite of cloud products.

This business strategy has a strong track record with over twenty CRM software companies going public over the last two decades. Today you can purchase practically any CRM feature imaginable from Salesforce.com. This app has grown from a small, very focused Sales Force application into a Disneyland of business features. With tens of thousands of customers Salesforce has done an excellent job of teaching the value of CRM to both sales and marketing executives of large and small businesses alike.

From our beginning in 2011, X2CRM’s application design has been based on a simple concept: Small and Fast over Big and Powerful. Three years later and now with over 5,000 X2CRM systems running in over 140 countries it is becoming apparent that smaller CRM systems are indeed faster. Check out our live demo server to see X2CRM in action.

About five years ago I bought a motorcycle. Mostly to ride “track days” at local race tracks. It’s actually much safer than riding on the street. When starting out, most new riders like myself buy a 1000cc track bike like the outstanding Yamaha R1. The R1 is a proven track bike with excellent electronics like traction control, ABS brakes and a much larger, much more powerful, yet slower reacting engine. Recently though, after a few happy years of riding a 1000cc bike, my lap times started to level off. I just could not go any faster.

Out of frustration, I decided to take a radical step and abandon my 1000cc bike for a lighter and more agile 600cc bike, the proven Yamaha R6. After just a few track sessions, I am not only five seconds faster per lap but I can also see how I can go even faster while still being safe. The engine revs much, much higher – reaching 14,000rpm at times – but because the engine is smaller and lighter the bike is much more agile. I now spend less time riding the bike and more time looking down the track. The 600cc R6 is also a fraction of the cost to own and operate vs. the 1000cc R1.

To be honest I was not sure if the R6 bet was going to improve my lap times. Should I just stay with the bigger R1? Luckily, as it turned out, using a smaller, lighter, faster, and indeed cheaper bike did enable me to go faster – much faster. And it is always fun to pass bigger and more expensive 1000cc bikes on a little 600cc R6.

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Kathy Eckel