In his more lucid days, John Dovorak made what I believe to be one of the best statements about people who use Macs. He said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“There are two types of people using Macs. Those who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know any better, and those who know more than the rest of us.Ã¢â‚¬? IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to believe that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m among the later.
I switched to Mac around the time when Apple released OS X. Its Unix core and incredible Aqua interface drew me in. These, joined with the sleekness of the Powerbook and then the awe factor of my Cinema Display, made me a Mac zealot. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll also admit to being drawn in by the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Think DifferentÃ¢â‚¬? campaign. Who wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to be likened to John Lennon, Mohamed Ali, Gandhi and Einstein?
As for switching, it was pretty painless. Windows has more apps, but when you take out what you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t use, and what flat out doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work, what are you left with? Since IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m the CEO of USWeb, obviously I needed to use Office, but I actually find Entourage to be even better than Outlook, except for the fact that it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t support Outlook plug ins.
And this brings me to my problem. We recently started using Salesforce.com at USWeb. So far, I am happy with it. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a bit overly complicated, but it does streamline things a bit. If you have implemented this into your business, then you already know that the biggest challenge is user adoption. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had to be a complete hard ass about this with our people, and it looks like that still isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enough. Salesfocrce.com allows you to sync up with a simple Outlook plug in, making the application a seamless part of the process. Unless you are on a Mac. Salesforce.com doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t support Mac very well, and it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look like this is going to change. Since I am slowly converting my employees to the Cult of Mac, and since it is my company, eventually USWeb will be entirely on Macs. And this might just be where Salesforce.com will lose me as a customer, particularly when we see what 37Signals produces as a CRM solution. Until then, I need to set an example in adaptation of Salesforce.com, which means I need that plug in.
I have been inspired by the work that came out of the contest for porting XP to Macintels, so I figured IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d try it myself. I will start the prize at $500 for the person who delivers the Salesforce.com plug in for Entourage. It has to be something that runs smoothly, doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t require me to run XP in the background, and does not require an unusual amount of work to install.
If there are any other like-minded people out there, feel free to email me ([email protected]) and we can up the prize money together.