Pivotal CRM is a customer relationship management (CRM) software system offered by Aptean (formerly CDC Software), an enterprise software and service company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The Pivotal CRM suite includes software tools for sales force automation (SFA), marketing automation and lead management, and customer service automation, as well as partner management, mobile CRM, analytics and call scripting. Industry specific versions  of the Pivotal CRM suite are also offered for several industries, including institutional asset management, mutual fund wholesaling, capital markets, commercial banking, private banking, home building and real estate, healthcare, and legal services, among others. Built on the Microsoft.NET Framework, Pivotal CRM embeds several commonly used Microsoft business products within the CRM system, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Visual Studio.
Pivotal Software was founded by Norm Francis in 1994. Francis was a co-founder of Basis Software Group (BSG) the company that developed ACCPAC, an accounting software package which was purchased by Computer Associates in 1985. Francis invented the concept of 360-degree customer relationship management (CRM), a concept that continues to be used today to describe the unification of activities across the organization by employees who play a role in the customer relationship. The company released its first customer relationship management product, Pivotal Relationship Version 1, in April 1996; this product is the predecessor to the current Pivotal CRM product line.
The company changed its name to Pivotal Corporation in June 1999 to reflect its broadening focus beyond just software into professional services, content, hosted application services and other online services. Pivotal Corporation went public in August 1999 and its shares were listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol PVTL.
In February 2000, Pivotal Corporation was selected by Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect, to showcase its Pivotal CRM software at the worldwide premiere of Microsoft Windows 2000. Pivotal CRM, then called Pivotal eRelationship, was the first eBusiness relationship management (eBRM) solution to be certified for Windows 2000.
Pivotal Corporation was acquired by chinadotcom, now CDC Corporation, in February 2004. The acquisition added 1,700 customers, as well as marketing, sales, service, and partner management capabilities to CDC Software’s business unit focused on front-office solutions for mid-sized enterprises.
In 2012, CDC Software was merged with Consona Corporation, to form Aptean, and therefore, Pivotal CRM is one of the Aptean portfolio of products. 
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Pivotal CRM is known in the CRM space for its focus on helping mid-sized enterprises with unique or complex front office business processes. Pivotal CRM customers require CRM software that is customizable and adaptable to their unique business requirements; they also value the Microsoft technology foundation.
The Pivotal CRM product suite includes:
- Pivotal Sales (sales force automation)
- Pivotal Sales—Miller Heiman Edition (Pivotal Sales with embedded Miller Heiman sales methodology)
- Pivotal eMarketing
- CDC MarketFirst (marketing automation and lead management)
- Pivotal Service (service automation)
- Pivotal Mobile CRM
- Pivotal Mobile Client
- Pivotal Wireless
- Pivotal Handheld (for BlackBerry devices and Windows Mobile)
- Pivotal Partner Management
- Pivotal Analytics
The latest Pivotal CRM version, Pivotal 6, was released in July 2008. Based on Microsoft .NET technology, Pivotal 6 provides task-based navigation, embedded including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft SharePoint, and a smart client user interface.
Platform and Technology
Pivotal CRM 6.0 is built on the Microsoft.NET Framework. The product embeds commonly used Microsoft business products within the CRM system, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Visual Studio. As such, it is an example of an Office Business Application.
Aptean is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. In 2009, CDC Software was awarded the Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Information Worker Solutions, Office Deployment on the strength of the Pivotal CRM solution.
Pivotal CRM is primarily implemented as an “on-premise” solution, as opposed to “software-as-a-service” or “on-demand” CRM software product.
The product line also includes industry-focused versions of Pivotal CRM products for the following industries:
- Financial services 
- Institutional asset management
- Mutual fund wholesaling
- Capital markets
- Private banking/wealth management
- Commercial banking
- Healthcare insurance 
- Home building and real estate 
- Manufacturing 
- Medical device manufacturing 
Early versions of Pivotal CRM employed a proprietary scripting language and development environment, called Pivotal Agents. At the time, Pivotal agents were suitable for customers did not need programming experience to build and manage business logic in Pivotal, although the development tools were graphical & not always welcomed by developers who preferred to see lines of code on the screen.
Pivotal agents were no longer being required in the Pivotal 6.0 platform which was released in 2008, and were replaced by .Net, C# programming infrastructure that allowed common Microsoft developers to be proficient in Pivotal customization. Customers who purchased Pivotal after 2008 implemented the product on the new .Net architecture and no longer required the use of Pivotal agents to build business logic. 
Since 2008, Pivotal has released a multitude of tools the assist customers on previous versions to upgrade their business logic into the new .Net architecture. Some of these included an agent conversion tool which automatically converted Pivotal agents to C# code, the ability to run the rich client on the Pivotal 6.x platform, and the ability to run the Windows Access (WA) client on the 6.x platform is coming in Q1 2014.
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