Yearly Archives: 2014

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10 reasons why modern web-route-planners beat native smartphone-apps and Windows software

When providing field reps with software for route-planning, one important question needs to be answered: Which devices will we support? There are many options: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone. Should we also support notebooks and desktop-PCs running Windows, Mac OS or Linux? Each device needs its own app. Each operating system a different software. And what if this needs to be changed in the future?

Make your life easier and stay flexible by choosing a web-based application! This article shows 10 reasons why a modern web-based route-planner outperforms platform-specific apps and Windows software.

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Microsoft Streets & Trips Alternative: portatour

Great Microsoft Streets & Trips (AutoRoute) Alternative: portatour®

Microsoft Streets & Trips (also called AutoRoute) will be discontinued by 31st December 2014. Looking for a better alternative? Then consider the online route-planner portatour®. portatour® supports multi-stop route-planning for up to 125 stops, it can show up to 1.000 addresses on a map and has many more functions for professional route planning and route optimization. It is especially useful for professional sales reps working in outside sales, support and service. Read on to learn about essential features and tips for switching.

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Show customers on map: Route mapping software for Geomarketing

Do you want to see your customers or other addresses on a map? Is your data currently in an Excel file or within a customer relationship management system (CRM/ERP)? Using portatour® sales-route mapping software, it’s a breeze to import your address data, automatically geocode it, and show it on a map. Colors can be used to indicate a customer’s revenue, industry, call frequency, or other criteria. Additionally, an individual symbol can be assigned to each customer. If you do field sales and visit the customers, portatour® can calculate an optimized route for you. Read on to find out the possibilities that portatour® route mapping software offers for geomarketing and route-planning. Continue reading

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Great Microsoft MapPoint Alternative: portatour®

Microsoft MapPoint will be discontinued by 31st December 2014. Looking for a better alternative? Then consider the online route-planner portatour®. portatour® supports showing addresses on a map and many more functions for route planning and route optimization. It is especially useful for professional sales reps working in outside sales, support and service. Read on to learn about essential features and tips for switching.

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How your data is on the safe side at portatour®

Do you wonder how safe your customer data is managed on the portatour® servers? The portatour® team dares to claim: “Probably safer than on the servers of many of our clients!”. A multitude of measures are in place to protect your data as much as possible. Read on to find out what we do to fulfill high requirements on data security and safety.

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Route-planning as Software-as-a-Service in the cloud or as self-hosted cost explosion?

You want a professional route planning solution and face the decision to either install&maintain it yourself or access it as “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS) solution in the cloud? Hosting software yourself opens a can of worms: many decisions, investments, maintenance, and costs follow that are hard to estimate. This article covers what work a route-planning SaaS provider does for you, saving you costs and nerves.

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12 tips for successfully deploying route-planning software to your field reps

Do you have field representatives in sales, consulting or service in your enterprise? Want to deploy route-planning software to improve your field-sales performance? A 25% efficiency boost is possible — but to reap the fruits, you have to deploy successfully. No matter how good the software is, during deployment it matters more what you do right (or wrong). So follow these 12 tips we are learning from over 100 successful enterprise rollouts of the route-planning software portatour® every year. Continue reading