I would like some guidance in determining if the SuiteCRM is a viable replacement for ACT! in my situation (personal use, 1 user with the remote possibility of a 2nd user). I am in the process of migrating from a XP desktop system to a new desktop computer (Intel i7 CPU) with a dual-boot Windows 7 Pro and Linux Mint configuration. If possible, I would like to convert many of my existing Windows applications to the new Linux Mint environment.
I have some questions regarding the installation of SuiteCRM on a standalone desktop:
° Can I run SuiteCRM on the new standalone desktop systems without impacting my ability to use the desktop system for other application?
° How should I configure the desktop SuiteCRM installation?
° Which account should I use for the installation: admin, existing user, or a new SuiteCRM user?
° How do I configure the IP addresses of the desktop and the SuiteCRM application? My router currently assigns the 192.168.0.x addresses.
° Any other advice is welcome regarding SuiteCRM or any other options that I should consider?
ACT! Background Information
I started using ACT! v3 in 1995, and I am presently running the application on a Windows XP desktop (circa 2005). I upgraded to ACT! 2000 (ACT! 5.0), but I was not able to upgrade to ACT! 2006 when I purchased the XP system in 2005 because of extremely slow performance. ACT! Technical Support was not able to solve the problem on 2 different upgrade attempts resulting in money down the drain. So I stayed on the ACT! 2000 version. Also, I think this version of ACT! is not a relational database, so exporting and importing my existing data will probably be somewhat challenging.
I use Eudora OSE (a Thunderbird derivative) as my current email client, and I plan to migrate to Thunderbird on the new system. But, I am open to other options.
I have looked at the SuiteCRM demo, screen-shots, and some of the online documentation. I think the data fields that I need seem to be available in SuiteCRM. Or, I can added custom data fields using your Studio module option (which seems very useful). I am not sure about some other features such as printing address labels, grouping of contacts, and recurring calendar entries for meetings, phone calls and tasks.
Some of the key ACT! features that I use are:
° Contact names, company (not a required field), postal address (need 2+), phone numbers (need 3+) and email addresses (need 2+).
° User defined fields for birthdays and other secondary information.
° Contact Grouping (one-to-many): eg. travel, restaurants, family, friends, career, Xmas mailing, etc.
° Priorities: ACT! has 3, I would like 4 or 5.
° Calendar: appointments, recurring events, calls, and to-do tasks with priorities.
° Notes/History: Completed activities are logged in the Notes/History data field along with any additional details that I enter related to that activity.
° Reports: to-do listings, calendar, and contact & calendar history.
° Mailing labels for a subset of contacts (Grouping).
SuiteCRM seems to require a LAMP client-server architecture which I have never setup. The client-server architecture implies 2 different computers: a server and a client. I only plan to have the one new desktop system. I guess I could repurpose the XP system into a server, but it is old hardware with the associated reliability concerns. I already experienced 2 hard drive failures.
I think I can install SuiteCRM and the LAMP stack using the Bitnami or TurnKey installers, or the Debian/Ubuntu package listed on your website.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.