SugarCRM has acquired iExtensions, which makes customer relationship management (CRM) software for IBM Lotus Notes users, in a bid to attract more enterprise customers and compete better against bigger rivals like Salesforce.com and Microsoft.
Notes users will be able to synchronize their contacts and calendar entries between SugarCRM and Notes, for example, and link emails and calendar entries in Notes to particular customer records in SugarCRM, he said. The company had already built some integration with LotusLive, and the acquisition will accelerate its Lotus integration plans by about a year, officials said. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
via SugarCRM buys Lotus Notes tools, cozies up to IBM – Computerworld.
Awesome, SugarCRM is a very nice project. Integrating with IBM will yield some excellent opportunities. If you missed the announcement in January, SugarCRM announced integration with IBM’s collaboration tools. SugarCRM is a very robust CRM package written in PHP – probably one of the best structured PHP projects I have seen. You can download the open source version and check it out.
This year, the keynote presentations at SugarCon will all address aspects of the general conference theme: “The Future of Business is Open.” Luminaries like Paul Greenberg, social CRM expert; Sean Poulley, vice president of Social Business Cloud at IBM; Umberto Miletti, CEO of InsideView; Adam Blitzer, co-founder of Pardot; Doc Searls, author of The ClueTrain Manifesto and the leader of the VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) Project; Ben Parr, co-editor of Mashable and other surprise guests will join Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM, for a series of entertaining and educational keynote sessions. – link