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..

Outlook Customer Manager (OCM) will be Discontinued – Here’s an Alternative!

Microsoft has recently announced the end of Outlook Customer Manager, with access to your online data to be ended June 30, 2020.

Outlook Customer Manager was introduced by Microsoft in 2016 as a replacement to Business Contact manager. It sits on top of Outlook and provides key business features. Most notably, it offers Company Records, Shared Contacts, Activity History, Deal tracking, and Integrated Document Management.

Fortunately there is a good alternative with DejaOffice. DejaOffice PC CRM provides the following essential features:

  • Company Records
  • Shared Contacts
  • Activity History
  • Deal Tracking
  • Integrated Document Management
  • Integrated Mobile Apps
  • Telephone Technical Support

DejaOffice PC CRM provides a number of features that Outlook Customer Manager badly needed, but never had:

  • Category Management with Colors
  • Multiple User Scheduling
  • Integrated Tasks and Notes
  • Private Data, Database Encryption and Security

You can subscribe to DejaOffice for Outlook for $7 per month ($19.95 paid once every three months).

You can purchase a perpetual license for $99.95 (one time purchase).

Click here to download: A two-week trial.

CompanionLink provides US based Telephone Technical Support for DejaOffice. There are three levels of support available: Free support, for general information and how-to advice, RunStart service for $49 where CompanionLink will help you set up your database and get you launched with the product, and Premium Support which provides a year of “white-glove” service for you DejaOffice CRM for Outlook site.

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Why you need a PC based CRM in 2020

For the past Decade, Customer Relations Management has been transformed by SaaS providers so completely, that some people think CRM means Cloud. On-Premise CRMs that you can purchase for a one-time price have almost disappeared. The problem with the Cloud model is that every service provide aims to lock you in to monthly payments, slow loading web pages, and features that hide behind premium fees.

No one can predict what our economy will throw us in 2020. But it seems clear that the last 14 years of growth may soon level out or decline. When business gets tough, then the high monthly payments become a burden.

When CRM was new, back in the 1980s and 90s, the main business model was PC based software, PC based data, with sync services to handheld devices. CompanionLink was born in those years, and we retain that service model.

We have introduced DejaOffice PC CRM. This is a Contact Manager, Calendar App that runs on Windows PCs, Android Phones, iPhones and iPads. On each of these platforms, the CRM database is local to the device. This means that you gain speed and productivity compared to the browser based model. It also means that if you are disconnected from the internet, on your PC by a carrier outage, or on your phone by simply being in a parking garage, you can still work effectively.

Standalone: DejaOffice PC CRM Standalone $49.95 – A simple standalone Contact Manager for Personal or Small Business use. Track your Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes. This CRM can easily import all your data from Palm Desktop, Outlook, or Google. You can make mail-merge emails, letters and mailing labels. You can handle tasks and store notes. Automatic backups and privacy features are included.

Outlook: DejaOffice PC CRM for Outlook $99.95 – All the features of Standalone with the additional feature of an Outlook Add-In. You can easily drag and drop an email to create a Contact, Calendar Event, Tasks or Note.

Express: DejaOffice PC CRM Express $129.95 – Customer History and Follow Ups are the main features of the Express version. Easily see everything you’ve done for the customer, and everything planned for the future. The Express version includes the Outlook Add-In, but also adds a feature to automatically move Outlook Emails to Contact history.

Pro: DejaOffice PC CRM Pro $199.95 for 5-Users – Multi-User version with a shared database. No other CRM is as affordable. Every person can have their own schedule, with permission to edit other schedules. Everyone can share a Contact list so that your Company Contacts are always up to date.

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Download a free trial today. As a part of this trial we will email you setup guides and we will help you get started. There is no risk. See how productive your day can be when you put Customer Relations back on your PC where it belongs!

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CompanionLink provides effective alternative for Telexis PHONEslips and Group Scheduler

CompanionLink Software is offering customized import for the discontinued PHONEslips and Group Scheduler programs provided by Telexis Software.

Telexis has announced that these products have been discontinued and support ended December 31, 2019. Customers who currently use PHONEslips will continue to run, and can still export their contact database.

CompanionLink provides a program with similar functionality called DejaOffice PC CRM.

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To take a call using DejaOffice PC CRM, you display the Contact List and then Search for the contact who is calling. You can start the search simply by typing their name in the contact list. If the contact is found, you can record a call by clicking the Telephone Icon. Then you can put in the details of the call. To assign it to another user, put their name as the “owner” of the record. The call will appear on that person’s task list. You can also assign a priority and category color to the call.

DejaOffice PC CRM Pro also has a group scheduling screen. You can use this to view a the calendar for multiple people, and easily move scheduled events from one to another.

DejaOffice PC CRM - Product tour - Personal and Small Business CRM
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DejaOffice PC CRM has well rated Mobile Apps. USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DejaCloud Sync may be used to move data from the PC to DejaOffice on your smartphone.

For a limited time you can order DejaOffice PC CRM Pro, for 5 users ($199.95), with the optional RunStart service ($49) where we will assist you to import your PHONEslips contacts and help set up your office database. We offer $10 off for a total price of $139.95. Click here to order this today.

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Palm Desktop on Windows 10 – Disappearing Data files – Datebook and Memos

Thousands of people still use Palm Desktop as their primary contact management system. It has the essential features that people need, some of which are even missing in Outlook.

Some of the things found in Palm Desktop and no other PC application are:

  • Fast Loading – Loads in less than a second
  • Categories for Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes
  • Ability to make Memos private and secure
  • Easy printouts of Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes
  • Thorough implementation of Calendar repeats

Versions of Palm Desktop

In 2020, there are two effective versions of Palm Desktop. The earlier version, Palm 4.1.4 was released in 2004. it features Colored Categories for Calendar which were removed in Palm Desktop 6. The data file format is proprietary, based on the original serialized memory structures originally released in 1996. Palm 6.2 was released in 2008 using MDB (Microsoft Access Format) data files. The application features were similar, but the database structure was brand new. Palm Desktop was too early to be converted to Unicode, but special language versions were created for specific markets. Notably Big5 and GB3212 versions were released for China, and JIS version for Japan.

Download Palm Desktop

You can download Palm Desktop from the CompanionLink Support forums. Both Palm Desktop 4.1 and 6.2 are found there.

Problems on Windows 10

Starting in 2019, updates of Windows 10 appear to be interfering with Palm Desktop’s ability to save data files. Notably, if you have Palm Desktop open and your PC reboots (because of a Windows 10 update), the file gets erased. Most commonly this is the last file you added or edited. Palm Desktop does not make automatic backup files, so the data is commonly lost.

For those that use CompanionLink to sync Palm Desktop with Android, and Palm Desktop with iPhone, the Sync Software does make backups of all data files when you sync. So these files are recoverable.

New Alternative to Palm Desktop

We have introduced a new Alternative to Palm Desktop on your PC. It is called DejaOffice PC CRM Standalone. This software has many of the same features as Palm Desktop:

  • Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Memos
  • Very fast load time – loads in seconds.
  • Full featured Calendar and Task lists
  • Hidden data for private notes
  • All the same tables and fields as Palm Desktop

In addition, DejaOffice has some new features

  • Native Windows 10 Compatibility (also Windows 7, and 8)
  • Automatic file backup
  • Built-In Sync with Android and iPhone via USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DejaCloud
  • Telephone and Email Tech Support

You can download a free 14-Day trial. The cost of the software is current $49.95 with a planned price increase for May 1, 2020 to $59.95. Check out the product information page with the video!

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Sync Outlook Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes with your Android and iPhone

DejaOffice is rated 2019 Best Paid Android App for Outlook Sync by Lifewire!

The reason is simple.  It is the only App you can download on your phone that has Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes, just like Outlook on your PC.

Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes

The Magic of Outlook is that it keeps all your schedule in one place. But on your Phone, some vendors think you should use one app for Calendar and a different app for Tasks. DejaOffice offers a coherent whole so you can easily coordinate your data entry. You can turn a task into a Calendar event, or add a Contact location to a task.

Category Colors, Linked Contacts, SMS History, Caller ID

DejaOffice extends Outlook category colors to all the Apps, so your Contacts and Tasks can be arranged by color. Every task can have a linked contact. There is a system to record SMS text as history. When people in your database call, their contact info is displayed on your phone. DejaOffice is exactly what you need to make your phone an extension of Outlook on your PC.

Sync using USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DejaCloud

Easy sync options include USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth* and DejaCloud. (*Bluetooth is only available on Android, not on iPhone due to iOS restrictions). CompanionLink for Outlook gives you easy and automatic two-way sync from any Outlook Folder to your Android and iPhone. For ease of use, use DejaCloud Sync for two-way push sync that is fully automatic.

Free 14-Day Trial

This trial will synchronize all your contacts and calendar just like the paid program. All fields are included.

Click here to Download the Free 14-Day Trial

Check out the Video

How to sync Outlook with Android using a USB Cable and CompanionLink
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Here are complete Set up Guides

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Sync any version of Outlook, Outlook IMAP, POP3 and Outlook 2010 Folders

CompanionLink will synchronize with any Outlook folder. You do not need Exchange or Office 365 to use it. You can synchronize to any Google account. Works with Office 365, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010. You can synchronize Contacts, Calendar and Tasks.

Telephone Tech Support

We also offer Telephone Tech Support at (503)243-5200 or email us at support@companionlink.com.

Click here for more information about CompanionLink for Outlook.

Sync Outlook with Google Calendar and Contacts

Easy and Automatic sync from Outlook to Google!

Contacts and Calendar

Synchronize any Outlook Contacts folder to Gmail Contacts. Synchronize any Outlook Calendar folder to Google Calendar. All your events will synchronize including recurring events. You can use a Scheduling tool for Google, that will synchronize to your Outlook Calendar. When people call you, their Outlook name will show on your phone. When you read an SMS text you will see their name at the top.

Fully Automatic Two-Way Sync

CompanionLink for Google gives you easy and automatic two-way sync from any Outlook Folder to Google, and Google will sync to your phone. CompanionLink is the only sync tool that has Push Sync enabled for Google Calendar, so you see changes from Google instantly in your Outlook Calendar.

Purchase now for just $19.95!

One Computer License retail $24.95 now 20% off – Click Here to Purchase today for $19.95. A one-computer license is for one computer only. If you later purchase a new computer, you would need a new license for it.

Portable License retail $49.95 now 20% off – Click Here to Purchase today for $39.95. A portable license may be installed on up to 3 computers, work, home, laptop, and can be transferred when you buy a new computer.

Free 14-Day Trial

This trial will synchronize all your contacts and calendar just like the paid program. All fields are included.

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Sync Outlook Calendar with Google Calendar ⇄ Two-Way Automatic Sync
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View the Set Up Guide

Here is a complete Set up Guide

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Sync Google Calendar to IMAP, POP3 and Outlook 2010 Folders

CompanionLink will synchronize with any Outlook folder. You do not need Exchange or Office 365 to use it. You can synchronize to any Google account. Works with Office 365, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010. You can synchronize Contacts, Calendar and Tasks.

Telephone Tech Support

We also offer Telephone Tech Support at (503)243-5200 or email us at support@companionlink.com.

Click here for more information about CompanionLink for Google.

How to Sync Outlook with Nokia 7.2 without using Exchange or Google

I am a huge fan of Nokia’s line of Android Phones. For decades Nokia dominated the pre-Smartphone market. Then they got sidetracked by Microsoft into the failed Windows Phone effort. Nokia’s hardware is great! The Windows Phone operating system was full of primary colors and awful apps. Not so great.

A few years ago, Nokia got released from Microsoft and have re-built a credible smart phone line. The latest release is the Nokia 7.2. Retailing for about $350 her in the US, this is a phone you can own and use for years, and not feel Samsung Shamed. .

Just like a Nokia is a mid-priced phone, many people use mid-priced Outlook. There’s no need to pay for the expensive Office 365 subscription, which only gets you owned by Microsoft’s in-app ads. Many people use Outlook 2010 and 2013 because you can actually own it, and it does not change randomly in the middle of the night.

CompanionLink provides the ideal solution by providing sync without using Exchange.  When you sync using CompanionLink’s system you get many features that Exchange Sync lacks; Color Categories, Task sync, Notes Sync, and Calendar Events linked to a Contact.

To sync Outlook to Nokia 7.2 without Exchange

  1. From Google Play Store, install DejaOffice on your Nokia 7.2 phone
  2. On your PC, download CompanionLink for Outlook on your PC.
  3. Configure both for DejaCloud Sync
  4. Watch your Outlook Contacts and Calendar appear on your phone.

DejaOffice is a Free for your Nokia phone from the Google Play Store.  CompanionLink runs on a two-week trial. Click here for details about CompanionLink for Outlook.

Click here for more information on Using Microsoft Office without a Subscription.

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.

Check out https://www.dejaoffice.com for more information.

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Affordable CRM for Small Business – DejaOffice PC CRM

Why pay monthly for an expensive Cloud-Based CRM when you can own a PC based solution for a one time price? With DejaOffice you can work on PC or Phone even when offline, and then sync when you are back online. Simple Customer Relations that includes History, Follow Ups, Email Forms and more.

Featured in Forbes

Forbes writer Gene Marks has highlighted our product DejaOffice PC CRM in an article titled On CRM: Is A CRM Necessary? And to answer the title question: Yes – as long as you want your business to grow!

DejaOffice PC CRM is an affordable solution for Small Business. It is a PC based Contact manager. You buy it as a one-time perpetual license. There is a Multi-user version available, and also an Outlook Add-In. Make notes, schedule, call and delegate tasks. DejaOffice provides a complete solution for Customer Relations from your PC and your Phone.

Pro – Multi-User

A five-user license for $199.95 one-time purchase; DejaOffice provides everything you need for shared scheduling and contact management. Each of your staff logs in with their individual ID. The Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes can be shared, or be individual per each staff member. Each person can elect to make a Contact or Event Private, in which case no one else can see it. If a staff members changes you can easily re-assign their activities and tasks as a batch. DejaOffice is everything you need for the small office except for the monthly charge. https://www.companionlink.com/pc-crm/pro/.

Outlook Add-In

DejaOffice PC CRM for Outlook gives you an Outlook Add-In. This is an action panel that gives you CRM features from inside the Outlook Email window. Whenever you view an Email in Outlook, it shows you the phone number, time zone and history notes for that Contact. You can easily drag and drop an email to create a new contact, calendar event or task. Integrate CRM into your Outlook CRM Experience with DejaOffice. https://www.companionlink.com/pc-crm/outlook/

Standalone

DejaOffice PC CRM Standalone will install your PC and let you import data from Palm Desktop, Outlook, Google, or DejaOffice on your phone. It provides a simple and secure way to track your customers and calls, follow up on tasks, and make notes. The cost is just $49.95. Check out our DejaOffice PC CRM video tour.

If you currently use Palm Desktop you know that Windows 10 is giving some headaches in the file structure. Here is a handy video on How to Migrate Palm Desktop to DejaOffice PC CRM.

Express

If you currently use Act! or GoldMine, you can integrate DejaOffice into your current CRM database. Use the express version as an Act! Add-on to quickly handle history and activities, and also integrate with Outlook and DejaOffice Mobile CRM. Act! does 1000 things that DejaOffice will not do. But if you want to quickly add notes, activities and sync to Mobile, DejaOffice provides a great way to handle basic CRM functions on your PC Desktop. https://www.companionlink.com/pc-crm/express/.

Free trial

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DejaOffice changes for Mapping and Location

In March 2019, Google announced a new policy for Geocoding – Map Lookup. We use Google Geocoding for the Address Lookup feature in our PC, Android and iPhone Apps.

The change is significant. After providing us this service for free, Google is now proposing to charge $0.05c per lookup. There are complexities in the lookup on whether it is just text, or whether we download the map picture and the location picture. Overall, our DejaOffice users do about 50,000 lookups per month.

Not wishing to get a $2500 bill, we are moving to other options. For DejaOffice for iPhone we have switched to Apple maps which are being supplied for free.

For DejaOffice for Android we tried using Bing Maps, but they wanted to give us a $5000 bill because they count lookups differently than Google. Also their Geocoding library is not nearly as complete. We have moved to OpenMaps, but they immediately issued us a warning that we have too many customers trying to map at the same time.

So we are now playing with a hybrid solution. We feel the real culprit for us is just a few people who are mapping their whole database on a regular basis. So we have slowed down that process and shunted it to OpenMaps. You can still do it, but the Map process is slowed to one lookup per second, so a 3000 record database will now take more than an hour to look up.

We have reverted Contact and Calendar location mapping to Google – because it’s just a much better service – as long as you do it one at a time.

We still expect a bill from Google. But we are hoping it is small enough to just absorb so we don’t have to create a billing system.

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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