Google Apps Status Dashboard

Do you use any of Google’s services like Gmail or Calendar?  Google has released a new Status Dashboard that shows what the state of their services are.

You can access the Google Apps Status Dashboard here.

If your CompanionLink solution is giving a connection error when trying to sync with Google, you may want to check out this Dashboard first.  It might be that Google is having some problems.

Updated PowerPoint for Affinity Partners

CompanionLink has an updated PPT for Affinity Partners.  The PPT does a good job of explaining some basic solutions, and the ability to sync with Google and use Google Sync to get free wireless sync with your phones.

ACT! Affinity Partners can download the PPT here.

GoldMine Affinity Partners can download the PPT here.

Sync ACT! data with Palm Pre

CompanionLink already has the capability to sync ACT! data with the Palm Pre — even before the Palm Pre has been released!  How’s that for fast?

Using CompanionLink Express, ACT! users can sync their contacts, calendar activities, to-do items, notes and histories to their Palm Pre using their free Google account as an intermediary.

Here’s how it works:
ACT! data <> CompanionLink Express <> Google account <> Palm Pre

Visit this page for more info.

CompanionLink working with BlackBerry Enterprise Server

Here’s a forum post from a user who has set up CompanionLink to work closely with Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) and Outlook.

If you’ve already invested in BES, you can quickly set up CompanionLink to sync your CRM/PIM (like ACT! by Sage) with your Outlook account.  Once your data is in Outlook, your BES will automatically sync it with your BlackBerry phones.

It’s really that easy.

Read about the user’s experience here.

Sync services by Microsoft, Apple and Google

MyPhone: they host your data on the web and sync contacts, calendar and photos with Windows Mobile devices.  This is a free service offered by Microsoft.

MobileMe: they host your data on the web and sync mail, contacts, calendar and photos with iPhone devices.  This is a paid service, currently $99/year.

Google Sync (Beta): syncs Google contacts and calendar (hosted on the web) with iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices.  This is a free service offered by Google.

We’re excited at the introduction of these services!  It gives users a reliable and affordable way to sync to their phones, over-the-air.

So do you still need CompanionLink with the introduction of the services mentioned above?  The answer is Yes.

For example, if you’re using ACT!, Lotus Notes, Outlook BCM, Palm Desktop, GroupWise or any other PIM/CRM that’s not supported by the cloud services above, you’ll need CompanionLink to sync this data.  The cloud services can’t access your data.

While our software can sync directly to your phone and bypass the need for the cloud services above, we’re also looking for ways to work with Microsoft, Apple and Google’s sync services.  This will allow you to use CompanionLink to get data from your PIM/CRM to the services above, and then rely on their push-sync to get that data to your phones.

This is what we’re working on:
PIM/CRM <> CompanionLink <> Cloud services (above) <> your phone

Stay tuned to this blog for the lastest developments and a timetable for when we’ll support these mobile sync services.  In the mean time, if you need to sync your PIM/CRM data with your phones, just use CompanionLink’s direct sync.

We're #1 on Google's review site

CompanionLink for Google is now ranked first for the number of reviews received in the Google Solutions Marketplace under the “Migration and Sync” category.

Here’s a snippet of what one of the reviewers has to say:

“This Software changed my life ! Before, I had two agendas: private under Palm and professional with Outlook. Now, by using different colors, I’m using Google and synchronizing both sides, private and professional, thanks to CompanionLink for Google!!!”

What is CompanionLink for Google?  It’s desktop software that allows you to sync your Google data with Microsoft Outlook or your phone.

Strong wireless sales during the recession

Major carriers are reporting strong sales of smartphones and data plans during this recession.  This is great news for the mobile industry, especially since other industries are taking a beating.

Where’s the logic to this growth?  Perhaps with more people electing to stay home instead of spending on lavish vacations, there’s an increasing need for devices that allow them to connect with others. If this is true, look for greater adoption of smartphones like the iPhone, Google Android, and BlackBerry Storm.

Microsoft's cloud computing services

Better late than never.

Microsoft will be releasing their own cloud computing and data synchornization services in 2009.

They’re planning 3 offerings:

  1. SkyBox: repository for all your contacts, calendar events, email and pictures.  This is aimed at consumers and will sync with their phones. This seems to be their answer to Apple’s Mobile Me.
  2. SkyLine: this is SkyBox revised for enterprise-level customers.  It will sync with Microsoft Exchange.
  3. SkyMarket: online marketplace for mobile applications.  This seems to be their answer to Apple’s iTunes App Store.

Here’s a complete breakdown of their offerings.

CompanionLink will be looking for ways we can extend Microsoft’s SkyBox services to popular CRM and PIM solutions.  Stay tuned…

Second-generation Android phone (minus keyboard)

Gizmodo has apparently leaked some pictures of the second generation Android phone.  Most notable is the lack of a physical keyboard, allowing the device to be slimmer than the G1 phone.

The great thing about CompanionLink’s ability to sync with this new second-generation Android device (assuming Gizmodo is correct) is that we will support it out-of-the-box!  We can do this because Android devices rely on Google’s web-based calendar and contacts – which we already sync with!