Netric Blog

A Simple and Life Changing System for Managing Tasks

Ever felt that sinking feeling that you are just one slip-up away from utter catastrophe because new tasks are coming your way faster than you can possibly process them? I have felt that stress far more often than I would like to admit. Some time ago I set out to find a practical solution to this recurring problem; the following is how I ended... Read Full Article

The New Face of Netric

Over the next few days some significant updates will be rolling out to all our users. We have been hard at work implementing feedback and making netric an even easier to use, fuller-featured collaboration and productivity tool. Here are some of the enhancements you can expect in the new release: Updated Logo We have been developing a new logo for a long time now and have... Read Full Article

Changing to netric.com Domain

Good news, as of this week customers and users can now find us on netric.com rather than netricos.com.We hope this helps in efforts to create the best possible experience for our users. While the domain name is often overlooked, what users type into their browser to access a site makes a huge difference in initial usage impression.For current customers, as you know your account... Read Full Article

What is Collaboration?

Collaboration is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but what exactly are we talking about when we use it in the context of the workplace?In its most basic form, to collaborate is to work with others on something. Any time you include anyone else when doing work you are collaborating.While working together is a nice concept, sometimes doing so with conventional tools... Read Full Article

New Feature Preview - Generic Reminders

We recently added a new Generic Reminders Tool based on great feedback from our users. The Problem There are times when it would be handy to be sent a simple reminder of something at a specified future time. Often such reminders do not warrant creating a task with a deadline or due date or cluttering your calender. For example, let's say you are speaking with a customer... Read Full Article

How to Manage a Scrum Project Using Netric

Scrum is a popular and efficient, agile project management framework that involves an iterative and incremental process. There are many fantastic books and articles written about the theories behind the scrum and agile methodology - which is largely beyond the scope of this article - so if you are new to scrum take a look at these resources. For a quick introduction check out this page at Agile Learning... Read Full Article

Why We Moved from Apache Solr to Elastic Search

Netric is an Enterprise Productivity and Collaboration suite that includes advanced tools like CRM, CMS, Project Management and more in a single unified platform. We store a lot of data that is growing exponentially every day. Only 3 months after our beta release our dataset for object records had exceeded 100M records. It did not take long before we started bumping up against major... Read Full Article

Keep the Team Productive and Connected Without Another Meeting

One of the most frustrating things for any manager, or even a team member, is a fragmented and disconnected team. Unless it is intentionally and tirelessly combated, groups of any size begin to experience the destructive effects of entropy as energy gives way to apathy and disorder.  When this happens communication breaks down and managers often turn to weekly meetings to try and keep... Read Full Article

A Preview of the New Customer Form

Over the past few months we have spent an unbelievable amount of time thinking about how we can make the customer form in our CRM more usable and simple. We really love simple because simple tools are the tools that get used. Few of us have the time to invest in complex tools; we have jobs to do and the tool is NOT the... Read Full Article

3 Reasons You May Not Need a CRM in Your Small Business

CRM companies love to author and proliferate "X Number of Reasons that CRM is Beneficial" type articles to try and demonstrate to hesitant business owners the justification for the expense of CRM. Indeed, I have written a few of my own in support of the valid benefits to businesses of all sizes, and I mean not to down-play those benefits in this article. However,... Read Full Article

Free Software Options for Startups

There are a number of good free software solutions available for small business looking to cut or keep their monthly expenses low. Software can be very expensive so unfortunately small businesses, upstarts, and organizations on a budget often struggle to get the tools they need to conduct business. Rather than doing without, try utilizing some of the free alternatives below. Office Suite There is no doubt... Read Full Article

What is an Intranet?

An intranet is a website used to share information within an organization. A good intranet helps to provide the following benefits for organizations of any size:1. It Improves CommunicationHaving a central location to communicate with everyone in the team goes a long way in keeping everyone on the same page.2. It Promotes CollaborationA well designed intranet will have well designed tools that allow members... Read Full Article

The Intranet Howto for a Small Business with Limited Resources

This is a how-to for small or medium sized organizations who know that an intranet would be helpful but don't think it's possible in your current circumstances. As leaders we get it - having a central place (an intranet) where everyone on the team could go for information and collaboration would be a huge benefit! The only problem is that most of us barely have... Read Full Article

Talking About Sharepoint

Microsoft Sharepoint might just be one of the best and most useful products they company has ever released. In fact, usability expert Jacob Neilson just discovered in some recent that 70% of the top intranets are now built on SharePoint. What Microsoft did that was so brilliant was design a web application platform that makes it easier for developers to build their own intranets... Read Full Article

Why are CRM solutions so expensive?

The price of CRM software can be surprisingly daunting, especially if you are new to the marketplace. We have come a long way from buying Act! at Costco for $39.95  and paying a geeky high school kid $8 an hour to spend a day getting it setup on one or two computers. Many of the more popular CRM solutions charge up towards $125/per/user per... Read Full Article

Helpful Tips For Successfully Deploying CRM

More and more organizations are realizing the potential benefits of rolling out a CRM solution. It seems like there are new vendors springing up every day and news features are being added to existing solutions at an unprecedented rate.  But if CRM is so great, why is it that analysts have discovered that 70% of purchased CRM solutions fail to get properly implemented or... Read Full Article

What is CRM - Customer Relationship Management?

The terms "Customer Relationship Management" and its associated, and slightly more popular acronym "CRM", are hot buzzwords in the marketplace as of late. Google trends reveal that new references to "CRM" have more than doubled in the last three years. So why all the buzz? What exactly does "Customer Relationship Management" mean in relation to people and technology? What exactly is CRM?The truth is... Read Full Article