Frequently Asked Questions about RapidStartCRM
What can you do with The Original RapidStartCRM, "out of the box"?
RapidStartCRM is a simple-to-use CRM solution. Within RapidStartCRM you can track potential customers (Prospects), as well as manage your current customers (Contacts and Accounts).
In addition you can create and track Sales Opportunities and Service Cases for your Contacts and Accounts.
Addons, ours and others, can add easily more capabilities to RapidStartCRM
Why is RapidStartCRM free? What's the catch?
There is no catch. We have been offering RapidStartCRM apps since 2015 at a very low cost, and at this stage we have recovered all of our development costs.
We decided that as many people as possible should be able to use them for success with Microsoft Business Applications, and eliminating the cost will open our apps up to people who had to struggle to get approvals and other things for what was a very inexpensive app in the first place.
How do we make money with this?
Many people start with our accelerators, and then seek to expand on their capabilities. While they can utilize any competent partner, or do it themselves if they are comfortable, enough people decide to engage our services, as the original developers of RapidStartCRM, to assist.
In addition, we have developed some paid Addons to quickly add valuable capabilities.
Can you explain this "Power Platform" in layperson's terms?
Sure, imagine that the “Platform” is a $5 hamburger. Any of Microsoft’s first-party apps, like for example, Dynamics 365 Sales, adds a very thick slab of cheese to that hamburger for an additional $90. Alternatively, RapidStartCRM adds a very thin slice of cheese to that hamburger for no additional cost. If you ever outgrow RapidStartCRM, you can opt to have our free slice, replaced with their $90 slab, on the same hamburger. The hamburger itself, would not have to be replaced.
How does RapidStartCRM compare to Dynamics 365 Professional?
Dynamics 365 Sales Professional and Dynamics 365 Service Professional are Microsoft’s first-party applications targeting Small and Mid-Sized businesses. These were not built from scratch, rather they are feature-limited versions of Microsoft’s current Enterprise applications. RapidStartCRM is not a handicapped version of a larger product, rather it was built specifically, from the ground up, to be a simple-to-use CRM Application.
The customizability and extensibility of RapidStartCRM and Microsoft’s applications are identical as they are all built on Microsoft’s Dataverse platform.
In addition to being much easier to use, RapidStartCRM is also significantly less expensive since it runs on Power Apps licensing as low as $5USD/PUPM, versus Dynamics 365 Professional, which costs $65USD/PUPM (retail).
What exactly is RapidStartCRM in Microsoft technical terms?
RapidStartCRM is a Model-Driven Power App built on Microsoft’s Dataverse (formerly called Common Data Service (CDS)) platform. Dataverse is the same platform that Microsoft’s first-party apps, like Dynamics 365 Enterprise Sales or Service, are also built on.
What if RapidStartCRM is close to your needs, but not perfect?
Every business is different. That’s why all of our RapidStartCRM apps, including the purpose-built industry ones, are fully extendable/customizable. Depending on how technical you are, you can customize them yourself. But we know that many customers will not have the time, or interest, in learning how to customize themselves, so we offer paid service from our parent company Forceworks Global for that purpose.
How do you install RapidStartCRM?
We created an Installation Steps page here
Can people who are outside of your organization, like contractors, use this?
Yes they can! After adding them as Guest users to your Azure Active Directory account, they can be given access to RapidStartCRM. Note: you will still need a $10 Power Apps Per App license for each of them.
Can you "Upgrade" RapidStartCRM to Microsoft's Dynamics 365 later?
Yes, however, as of today, moving from RapidStartCRM to Microsoft’s first-party applications is a migration project. But our observation is that once customers start using RapidStartCRM, and they customize and extend it to meet 100% of their organization’s needs, moving to the first-party apps is not really an option they even consider.
We have over 50,000 users of RapidStartCRM… and we are not aware of a single organization that has moved from RapidStartCRM to Microsoft’s first-party applications.
What are the minimum Microsoft licenses required to run RapidStartCRM Apps?
Today you will need a minimum of one Power Apps Per User license @$20 USD/pupm, and then as many of the Power Apps Per App licenses @$5 USD/pupm as you have additional users. The reason you need the one $20 license is to get enough storage allocation to use the app.
Where do you buy the Microsoft Power Apps Licenses?
You can buy the licenses from your current partner, Forceworks Global (Us) or directly from Microsoft… there is no difference in cost.
Why do you hear a lot higher license costs from Microsoft and other partners?
You are probably hearing about costs for the full Microsoft Dynamics 365 Apps. While everybody else would prefer that you buy those more expensive licenses, RapidStartCRM was designed to run on what is called the Power Apps Per App “platform” license, which is only $5. Microsoft recently separated their own first-party apps (Sales, Service, etc.) from the Platform that they run on, and made that same platform available for ISVs like us to build on. It’s one of those Win-Win situations.
What if you already have the necessary Microsoft Power Apps licenses?
No problem. RapidStartCRM apps can be installed on any Dynamics 365 Customer engagement licenses, in addition to the much lower cost, Power App Per App licenses. They will work the same.
You already have Power Apps licensing in my Microsoft 365?
You do, but the Power Apps capabilities that are included with Microsoft 365 are limited. RapidStartCRM apps require a Dataverse environment to run, so you will need the “Full” Power Apps licenses. See minimum licensing above.