SugarCRM and vTiger: Comparative ReviewBy Partho, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
In our top 10 CRM software we had mentioned two widely used open source CRM software - SugarCRM and vTiger. There has been much altercation over the fact that vTiger will become the SugarCRM alternative in the CRM space. vtiger CRM was actually forked from Sugar CRM designed to create a fully open source CRM that would offer functionality comparable to salesforce.com. vtiger has undergone significant improvements over the years and is one of the leading CRM software now. Although vTiger shares several common features with Sugar, it includes a few propriety extensions. We decided to bring the two major open source CRM solutions face-to-face.
When comparing between Sugar CRM and vtiger CRM it needs to be taken into account that the later is designed to fit the small and medium organizations. Let’s have an comparative overview before moving onto core competencies.
Sugar CRM offers wide ranging feature-set for business processes, focusing on marketing effectiveness, enhancement of sales performance, and providing executive insight into business performance. The CRM solution is a preferred choice for organizations of all sizes across a broad range of industries for its collaboration and administration capabilities to adapt how their company operates. Sugar’s mobile solutions translates to less downtime and greater productivity. With the Flexible Delivery Model, there are no constraints around deployment. SugarCRM is based on the open source LAMPS platform: Linux or Windows, Apache or IIS, MySQL, PHP, and SugarCRM. Moreover, Sugar CRM integrates e-mail and calendar information with Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, and several additional email clients. This ensures that the company’s communications are centralized and always coordinated.
vtiger has been designed to manage Inventory Management activities effectively, including sales force, marketing automation, customer support and service, and procurement. In vtiger the software such as Apache, MySQL, and PHP are integrated. The executables in vtiger are available for both Linux and WIndows operating systems. vtiger provides open source add-ons for Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla/Thunderbird, Microsoft Word, and Customer Portal. These make it more user-friendly for the end-users. The CRM software allows pre-sales and post-sales activities to be integrated in a single application.
Coming down to the comparative features
For the non-techies Sugar CRM installation could be a hassle, but the installation is simpler than vtiger. One of the major problems with vtiger installation is that it cannot populate its database during installation.
Sugar Suite loads slower than the vtiger. Sugar CRM also has a resource consuming upgrade process.
Sugar CRM’s offers a customizable UI. However, vtiger comes with a much more simple and intuitive AJAX based user interface.
Ease of use
vTiger is the extremely easy to use and the most flexible solution for small businesses. Although Sugar CRM gives an impression of flexibility with several downloadable modules in their community, . Majority of the modules only work on older versions. It gives loads of errors when you try to use the ones that should work to streamline the CRM functionality. Especially some of the standard features like quoting and invoicing are not included.
Sugar CRM offers easy installation of modules with an installer to add new modules.
vTiger scores over Sugar CRM in diversity of modules.
Sugar CRM has great capabilities when it comes to administration area. It offers a wide variety of options and tools in the admin area.
vtiger misses out some basic features that were build-in Sugar such as the custom fields.
When comparing the code base Sugar surpasses vtiger. Sugar’s has a clean and tidy code base. The open source architecture provides 100% visible source code for easy customization. This allows you to do things faster on Sugar than on vtiger.
Sugar CRM is a great concept that leads to several issues which are harder to track as the # changes.
Vtiger is a better option for those working with PHP. Every CRM has a learning curve, but those with strong command in PHP.
Sugar CRM offers wider ambit for creating different types of email marketing campaign. Moreover, when you create an email campaign, you can execute it through Sugar and view statistics to measure its success. Sugar allows the marketing managers design. vtiger has some serious shortcomings regarding email campaign module. It isn’t user-friendly at all.
SugarCRM’s has an edge over vtiger with an update feature that allows for messaging post-upload.
Sugar CRM offers more online support with several third party add-ons and additional tools. Unlike vTiger, all the add-ons for Sugar CRM is not free and has to be ordered additionally. vtiger offers free open source add-ons for Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla/Thunderbird, Microsoft Word, and Customer Portal that makes it more user-friendly.
Overall Sugar CRM shows better stability and scalability as compared to vTiger. For the coders Sugar could always be a better CRM option. It also offers more features, more support, larger community and larger user base, these might be some of the reasons to go for Sugar CRM. vTiger includes most of the features in SugarCRM, however, it is more focused on small business management solutions rather than being a CRM centric solution.
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