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If you have remote back up a link can be configured to access that data.1 of 1 people found this helpful
Thanks... any particular service or will any remote backup work?
Best Buy for Business has a back up service but it's a little expensive. There is a company in Plano Texas called Mirrored Storage (www.mirroredstorage.com) that may be able to help. The owner is passionate about NOT losing data. Their prices are reasonable as well.
Do you want the data "stored" or available for use by multiple users at the same time?
These are two differeent issues. The first can be handled by remote backup but if people open/close the database at different times it could cause problems.
My guess is you want "synchronos" capability where multiple people can open and use the database. The is more of a problem since it would require your web/server providor to allow reda/write cabilities.
Are you on a shared or dedictaed server?
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As another reader mentioned, there are two issues here - backup and web access.
It depends on the version of Act! you are running. Newer versions use Microsoft SQL so if you are interested in online backup you would likely want a provider that can communicate with SQL Server to back it up through the SQL Server interface. I know Mozy Pro can backup "live" or "running" SQL Server databases. Another option would be to back up Act! on a local machine and then have the backup copied to an online backup service-- in this case the backup is not being done on a live database. Getting data offsite is very important and online backup sure is an easy way to do it.
2. Contact Web Access
You would want to (1) define how you want to use or share the contacts online and (2) identify how many users will be accessing the contact data, There is a wide range of possibilities. If you want others to access contact information and more then you start to get into customer relationship management (CRM) products and services. Act! 2010 corporate edition does have an online option but there are also other services like Salesforce which has a new Contact Manager edition. Zoho even has a CRM web application includes contact management and is free for up to 2 users. Again...it really depends on your needs and budget.
There are quite a few companies that allow you to have online access to your ACT database. One of the largest sites out there is Salesforce.com. They allow you to import your entire ACT database and do a lot more with it, however it is not exactly the most cost effective solution out there.
Here is another company: www.salesnexus.com
However, an important question is: do you want to remain using ACT as your database management tool or do you want to simply export these data out of ACT into another format and create, and edit fields using a web browser (or other software independent client).
My suggestion would to export the data out of ACT so you are not tied down to a single format. There are many services that convert ACT to another format. Here is one of those tools: http://www.altova.com/download-database-conversion.html?gclid=CJnC3PSL95wCFchW2godYhvmaw
Once you completed an export you can quickly create and edit your database with many different available online database management tools that you can share to all your employees. However, if you want to stick with ACT completely then you can upgrade to the 2010 version. The 2010 version allows you access ACT from anywhere online and also has iPhone and Blackberry applications.
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