About Wayland Bruns

Wayland founded CompanionLink in 1987 as The Jorf Company, a maker of shareware 4gl products. As a leading maker of CRM Add-On products, the company started with Sync Products in 1996 for the PalmPilot. As CEO of CompanionLink, Wayland strives to balance quality customer service, products with good value, low prices, and a positive workplace..

New in 2019: DejaOffice PC CRM featured in Forbes

Forbes article highlights DejaOffice multi-user CRM

Author Gene Marks has highlighted our product DejaOffice PC CRM in an article titled On CRM: Is A CRM Necessary?

To answer the title question – Yes, a CRM is absolutely necessary for every small business. The only question a business should have is how much to pay on a one-time, monthly or annual basis.

CRM Stands for Customer Relations Management and it is the primary system a business has to track its prospects and customers. Every time a customer calls, emails, texts or visits a business, the nature of that interaction should be recorded in company records. Later, this information can be used for marketing new products, or renewing agreements, or engaging the core sales cycle of the business.

Without a CRM you are blind. Every customer interaction is done without context, or understanding the past relationship. This leaves your customers open to your competitors, and you lose your niche.

With a CRM you have effective communication. Your customer remembers you, and you can do the courtesy of remembering the customer. If your business can survive on 300 customers, how much better will it be with 600 customers or 900 customers. The purpose of computer automation is to delegate the responsibility for remembering the details to a proper database and not just carry it in your head.

Gene concludes with the question: “Wouldn’t just a simple, inexpensive system that enables your group to share accurate contact, history, notes and calendar information take be sufficient?” and answers with ” For many, it just may. And for $200 (and a few bucks extra for support), it could be worth the try.”

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Thank you Gene Marks and Forbes!

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Galaxy Note 10-Plus – First impressions from an Android App Developer

I’ve been using it for a week now as my personal phone. I have always been a great fan of Galaxy Note phones, and have used Note, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9 and now 10. The Kindle App is my primary library now, and also I read a lot of news stories. I have several investment apps that show charts. I like the larger screen size for that.

Here’s my first week’s impressions:

Size

Not a problem at all – same width and height as Galaxy Note 9-Plus, and slightly thinner. The screen is huge, but the phone itself is the same size.

Moving Apps

Samsung SmartSwitch moved nearly all of my apps and settings. It is really mysterious what it moves and what it does not move. My pictures and documents move fine, and the app icons, and some of the app settings. A couple of my Critical Apps did not come up and I had to reinstall, notably Investing.Com, Fidelity, Worden and Kindle just needed a new login. My morning wake up up alarm moved, but did not turn on or have the right tune – two days to fix that.

Here are instructions to move DejaOffice. It took me less than a minute.

Bloatware

Samsung removed a lot of the bloatware that interfere with Galaxy Note 9. That’s good. But then they added even more. After an OS update the old phone goes through optimizing 144 aps, and the new phone does 265 apps. so it looks like they added 120 background apps. It takes about an hour to turn off and disable things like “Ant” which I guess is a radio, Flipboard, Samsung Pay. The Samsung browser now had bloatware in the browser to tell you to sign up for Samsung Pay. More and more I use the Duck Duck Go security browser on my phone. I’ll do a blog post on that soon.

On-Off Button and Bixby

After forcing Bixby on us in Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is allow you to turn it completely off in Galaxy Note 10. So it’s off for me. Mysteriously Samsung now use the old left-side Bixby button as the on-off button. After 6 years of turning on the phone on the right side, I still think this was a “wrong decision”. The right side button worked great. Why move it? I find many old habits will have to change. When I view the phone in landscape mode in my holder, on/off was on the top and easy to hit. Now it is on the bottom and I have to remove my phone from the holder to turn it off.

Cost

For me cost is a factor, but it is required that we have each of the newest phones i the office for tech support purposes. I pay $41 per month for T-Mobile jump plan, plus $11 per month for insurance, and the Jump cost for this phone was about $250, so figure $75 per month for the newest phone for me.

I do not believe 5g will really change how we use phones, so I would not recommend the cost for 5g, at least not yet. Maybe not ever. I’m a big fan of Mid-Tier phones like Nokia 7.1, OnePlus, and the mid-tier Galaxy line. I think this is a better use of money. A top tier phone is like a new car – the resale drops 40% of your investment in the first six months – so it hovers halfway between luxury and waste of money. But if you want the leading edge of phone design, Galaxy S10-Plus is the best 2019 will have to offer – At least until iPhone 10 comes out.

Special features of DejaOffice:

  • Time zone management, so when you land your Calendar doesn’t go wonky
  • Calendar Colors that match Outlook
  • Templates that save time entering new Appointments and Tasks
  • Persistent alarms to be sure I don’t miss anything.
  • Recurring tasks compatible with Outlook
  • Optional:  Franklin Covey task priorities  A1, B2, C99
  • Works same on Android and iPhone, Phones and Tablets.

How to Sync Outlook Contacts with Android: Use CompanionLink for easy and secure sync from Outlook to your Pixel 3a phone. This is a better system than Google, who sells your data, or Microsoft who hosts your data on their exchange server. Here are some setup guides for CompanionLink sync:

CompanionLink for Outlook
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Sync Galaxy Note 10+ with Microsoft Outlook

The Best Sync system for Galaxy Note 10+ and Outlook Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes.

My Galaxy Note 10-plus arrived today. Very nice phone. Here’s some first impressions:

Size

It is actually the same size as Galaxy Note 9 so don’t get scared by size. And yes, the screen is a whopping .4 inches bigger, in the same size phone. They did this by basically eliminating the top and bottom bezels. Say goodbye to Bezels forever.

Headphones

Actually I use my bluetooth earpiece as a headphone now. It’s not for music, just for convenience. I listen to audio-books and phone calls. Been using the New Bee headset which works great.

DejaOffice for Android

This app really takes advantage of the screen real estate. I can view my contacts easier than ever and move around the screens very easily. DejaOffice CRM features are getting beefed up. There’s a new capability to condense SMS messages into Contact History. This lets me easily read back on past messages using DejaOffice PC CRM (DPC).

Outlook Calendar Sync

DejaOffice CRM works like Outlook for your phone. It keeps your Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes all together. It remains the only Phone App that fully supports Outlook colors. For people who haven’t color coded your day yet, this is a real treat. It really helps the glance view to see whether a day is green or red, or contains any special items. Outlook supported Calendar Colors 20 years ago. Why doesn’t the Outlook App do it?

Special features of DejaOffice:

  • Time zone management, so when you land your Calendar doesn’t go wonky
  • Calendar Colors that match Outlook
  • Templates that save time entering new Appointments and Tasks
  • Persistent alarms to be sure I don’t miss anything.
  • Recurring tasks compatible with Outlook
  • Optional:  Franklin Covey task priorities  A1, B2, C99
  • Works same on Android and iPhone, Phones and Tablets.

How to Sync Outlook Contacts with Android: Use CompanionLink for easy and secure sync from Outlook to your Pixel 3a phone. This is a better system than Google, who sells your data, or Microsoft who hosts your data on their exchange server. Here are some setup guides for CompanionLink sync:

CompanionLink for Outlook
Average User Rating:
Average rating: 4.83 out of 5 based on 338 reviews.
Free 14 day trial. Price $14.95 3-Mo Subs - $49.95 One-time License.

CompanionLink and DejaOffice Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin)

I have a Love/Hate relationship with Social Media. Well, mostly Hate. My personal preferences are definitely toward having a quiet security based on using public information sources carefully. I don’t really like the idea of having a personal billboard that broadcasts my info to anyone whether I know them or not.

It has become strategic for CompanionLink Software to begin advertising on Social Media networks. It has become the case that business people use Facebook and Twitter and this is a great platform to get the word out about our products. So it is important for us to make this into a platform that is useful to our customers for ongoing communication.

We definitely want our platform to be useful. It is not our mission to do nothing but promote product sales. We want to convey our process in building our products, in using them, and relate any information that helps our customers. If we make a feed that is useful to our subscribers, then this will be a great landing page for our advertisements. At least that is the goal.

CompanionLink – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

CompanionLink’s media pages are: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For the most part we post identical content on these, and so you only need to subscribe to one of them. Our goal is to start posting about twice a week. Posts will be centered on our PC Sync products; Sync Outlook Calendar to Android, Sync Outlook Calendar to iPhone, Sync Google Calendar with Outlook. Since DejaOffice CRM on Android and iPhone is part of this, we will add some tips and tricks for that. We will highlight program updates and appropriate videos.

DejaOffice – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

DejaOffice has a parallel presence, and we will use this to promote our new DejaOffice PC CRM product (DPC). Some of the articles will line up with the CompanionLink content. But our focus for DejaOffice is for people who are moving toward using DejaOffice CRM on PC, Android and iPhone.

Tech Support and Comments

As always, our best tech support response is from using our normal tech channels. We come in every day and respond to about 100 emails and 80 phone calls. This is a lot of work. Unfortunately it adds to our work the numerous other ways people use to contact us. For DejaOffice, don’t forget the DejaOffice Forum which is open 24×7 and is customer supported. For CompanionLink and DejaOffice email and phone support our hours are 7am-3:30pm Pacific Time Monday through Friday.

Reserve Galaxy Note 10 for Sync from Outlook, Act!, Goldmine, and Palm Desktop

Samsung has now made available a reservation system for Galaxy Note 10.

Here is sign up form for marketing emails from Samsung. It looks like there is no obligation to actually purchase, you do not need to submit a credit card. Check it out:

https://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/reserve/

I have carried a Note phone since the very first. I really like the larger screen size. Galaxy Note 10 will be the latest flagship from the world leader of Smartphones. Apparently there will be two versions; Galaxy Note 10 which has a very large screen, and Galaxy Note 10 Plus, with an even larger screen. Both phones are expected to have 5G support and be thinner and lighter than their predecessors.

For the best Contact and Calendar Management on Galaxy Note 10, check out DejaOffice CRM for Android. You can download this free from the Google Play Store.

Special features of DejaOffice:

  • Time zone management, so when you land your Calendar doesn’t go wonky
  • Calendar Colors that match Outlook
  • Templates that save time entering new Appointments and Tasks
  • Persistent alarms to be sure I don’t miss anything.
  • Recurring tasks compatible with Outlook
  • Optional:  Franklin Covey task priorities  A1, B2, C99
  • Works same on Android and iPhone, Phones and Tablets.

How to Sync Outlook Contacts with Android: Use CompanionLink for easy and secure sync from Outlook to your Pixel 3a phone. This is a better system than Google, who sells your data, or Microsoft who hosts your data on their exchange server. Here are some setup guides for CompanionLink sync:

CompanionLink for Outlook
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Average rating: 4.83 out of 5 based on 338 reviews.
Free 14 day trial. Price $14.95 3-Mo Subs - $49.95 One-time License.



Affiliate Opportunities with DejaOffice PC CRM

DejaOffice PC CRM is a unique opportunity. Released in 2019, it can capture a new market customer who are looking for a fast, secure, on-premise CRM program.

It is ideally suited for customers who are a single-person business, and small companies up to 25 sales people. DejaOffice is PC based, the database is local on your hard disk. This makes it unique in the modern CRM marketplace which is almost entirely cloud based.

Affiliate Sales for Business CRM Customers

We offer an Affiliate program that will pay 20% back for every recommendation you make for Business CRM Customers. A Business license generally runs $99 for the Outlook version, $129 for the “Express” CRM and $199 for the 5-User license. So the Affiliate payment is $20, $25 and $40 respectively. You get this in the month following your customer’s purchase. You need do nothing more than promote the program with your link and you get credit for every purchase.

Service business for Localized CRM Customers

DejaOffice is fully Unicode compliant and currently localized with 12 languages. We will work with vendors to produce more localized versions. This allows you to promote DejaOffice for your own community in your own language. You can then become the support representative for your area, deriving sales and revenue by providing technical assistance.

For instance, a Latvian business may wish to set up a Latvian website to promote and sell DejaOffice in the Latvian language. We will assist in working with you to build your language into DejaOffice PC CRM, and Android and iPhone CRM products. Once built, we will maintain these languages in our product releases.

In addition to Affiliate sales, you will find that customers readily need assistance with technical issues, moving databases, and connecting the DejaOffice data to their other business systems. You can easily set up a fee based service business handling this type of service.

To Sign up as an affiliate partner click here. Please write to us about any opportunities you would like to pursue. We are happy to partner with everyone.

about any opportunities you would like to pursue. We are happy to partner with everyone.

. Please write to us about any opportunities you would like to pursue. We are happy to partner with everyone.

Why DejaOffice PC CRM is the Best CRM for 2019

Salesforce has made CRM synonymous with Cloud Computing. However, Cloud Computing has a number of obvious flaws, and for many small business owners, PC based CRM is the right solution.

For people who have fewer than 20,000 customers, and want to track history, events and tasks for those customers, a cloud based solution may be too slow and cumbersome. Business people are quite obviously focused on their business. They lack the time to learn slow and cumbersome tools more suited to large corporation with 200,000 customers.

Every small business person has a PC. This is essential for basic tools like accounting, printing, taxes, regulatory filing, and processing orders. Small business is not a game that can be run on an app on your phone. It is a serious endeavor that requires effective records and communications.

Since you have a PC, why do your customer management in the cloud?

Cloud based solutions have the following flaws:

  1. Cloud CRM is slow to use. It takes time to open your browser, search for a customer, schedule a follow up, and make call notes.
  2. Cloud CRM is expensive. Decent cloud solutions are priced by the month often costing $200 per year or more. If you do not pay, you do not get access to your data. While Zoho and Hubspot offer free alternatives, they are limited in scope.
  3. Cloud CRM is not secure. The first thing that Salesforce, Hubspot and other CRM products do is to connect your data to Google, which will make money by selling it, or Microsoft, which is renown for data leaks.
  4. Cloud CRM Mobile Apps perform poorly on the road. Very few Cloud CRM products support free mobile apps, and those that do offer limited browsing and phone capability. Many are not true apps at all but simply a web browser view to the online database. If you are out of range, you cannot make notes about your meeting.

DejaOffice absolutely solves these issues:

  1. DejaOffice is lighting fast. You can answer the phone, search for a contact, schedule a meeting and make call notes in less than 10 seconds. DejaOffice is always available on your PC, even if your internet is not connected.
  2. DejaOffice PC CRM is available for a one-time low price.
  3. DejaOffice PC CRM can encrypt the database, and makes automatic backups of your database. You can be secure that your data is local, safe, and protected.
  4. DejaOffice CRM for Android and iPhone are true Apps that are well rated and have local data. They run fast, and integrate with native phone capabilities. You can download DejaOffice from the App Store now.

DejaOffice PC CRM comes in four flavors:

Standalone – for Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes on your PC.

Outlook Add-In – For those that use Outlook as a primary customer management tool, and Add-In that automates creating Contacts, Calendar and History from your Email Inbox.

Express – Complete CRM Tracking that includes Deals (Opportunities) and integration with leading CRM tools like Act! and Goldmine.

Pro – Five User license with the Express capabilities.

Each of these versions has a free two week trial. Also available are RunStart and Premium Support service where we will assist you to import your existing data and switch over to this new PC based CRM tool.

Guest Posting on CompanionLink Blog

We publish paid guest posts on the CompanionLink Blog https://www.companionlink.com/blog/

CompanionLink DA 55 (Moz), Blog pages on first post are about PA 26.

We will publish up to five do-follow links per post. We also will do an Author biography and Author website do-follow link on request. The post will be in our category “Sponsored Posts” but not other wise identified.

Guest posts must follow our general topic of Phone Apps for Small Business, Small Business Productivity, or PC and Phone Security.

We charge $70 per guest post. We will send you a PayPal invoice when we post. Please be prepared to pay this within three days.

We will add a picture to each post. If you supply a picture please include a link for the picture source from Pexels, Pixabay, or Unsplash.

To publish a guest post send article to guestpost@companionlink.com.

We can generally post all articles within 24 hours. Google indexes them in a few hours so they are fully search-able within one day.

Google Calendar Down – How to sync Outlook without Google

Google Calendar and G-Suite Calendar is experiencing a worldwide outage.

This is a great time to remind people that “big data” has a problem. Google, Microsoft and Apple want to tie you into their corporate cloud ecosystem. The flaw is that it will put your business down if you depend on them.

There is an alternative.

CompanionLink is a vendor of non cloud-based tools. We have a cloud sync system, but it’s only role is to transport your data. With our tools your data is entirely contained on your PC, your Android Phone, your iPhone and your iPad. So when the data network is down, or when your internet is connected, you can continue to add, schedule, complete and make notes. When your phone connects later, the sync will “catch up” to all your devices.

DejaOffice for Android features Android Widgets that give a great preview of your day today.

DejaOffice for iPhone has a highly secure data model and lets you store hidden data in your database. This is great for password or other confidential information.

DejaOffice for PC offers an array of multi-user and secure options, as well as Live Windows Widgets that let you add events and notes without opening any App.

When you need to move data from Outlook to your Phone, keep in mind that CompanionLink and DejaOffice can do this without sharing your data with Google, Microsoft or Apple.

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Is Privacy a Luxury Good?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently opined that “privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services” (NYT – May 7 2019). This bears a look at whether privacy is free, or something to be paid.

Read the comments of the article to see through the statement. Google claims to respect privacy, at the same time as working hard to undermine it. No one is fooled when it comes to Google and Privacy; if you use their free services, you have no right to stop them from monetizing that service by selling your data.

Pay for Cloud, Pay for Privacy

At CompanionLink we offer DejaCloud as a paid service. As a paid service, our sole source of income on DejaCloud is the money that is paid. We also offer Software as a paid service. And our only source of income is what people pay to us.

The has come an expectation from some people that software should be free. Vendors like Google and Facebook push free service as a model. But they would not be corporations if they had no income, so you need to watch carefully where that income is coming from.

Apple and Microsoft are not far removed from the fray. Although Apple charges for their phones, they offer free iCloud service. There are serveral reports that Apple monetizes iCloud service by sharing your data with Google. Microsoft has also spoken clearly about monetizing Windows 10 by tracking your purchases.

At CompanionLink we have a simple love for how software used to work. You buy it, you own it. No one should have ulterior motives in selling your data. We make upgrades available and send marketing to our customers as a way to keep our revenue stream steady and provide needed support to our customers. When they get a new PC or new phone, they may not need to pay at that time for an upgrade. But the average of all upgrades has to be there for our team to be able to provide the needed products and services.

At least with CompanionLink and DejaCloud, your data is secure, and not being sold to the highest bidder. We hope through our basic product revenue to stay that way for the future.