SugarCRM Deploys Budget Friendly CRM Sugar Express on the Sugar Open Cloud

SugarCRM, a provider of commercial open source CRM software, has launched Sugar Express, a low-cost, on-demand CRM that runs on SugarCRM’s global on-demand computing platform – the Sugar Open Cloud.

Like Sugar CRM’s other products, Sugar Express delivers sales, marketing and support features, complete with Sugar Plug-Ins for Microsoft Office and access to SugarCRM Customer Support. Sugar Express is offered as an annual subscription at $499 for up to five users or $799 for up to ten users per year.

Sugar Express runs completely on the Sugar Open Cloud, which is a global cloud computing platform for managing SugarCRM and other applications and extensions. Sugar’s vision for the Open Cloud is that it provides customers with choice and portability (the option to run on Sugar or other clouds), flexibility (supports public, private, hosted applications ) and interoperability ( it is all open source)

The open cloud allows unified pricing for all three of SugarCRM’s commercial products – Express, Professional and Enterprise – regardless of deployment option. Sugar Express will be $7 per user per month, Sugar Professional will be offered at $30 per user per month and Sugar Enterprise will be offered at $50 per user per month. Upon purchase, customers gain immediate access to their Sugar products on the Sugar Open Cloud along with a download key to deploy products in-house or in other cloud environments.

It seems like Sugar Express is a nifty deal for small businesses which was an application has sales, marketing and support features but is cost-effective and can be run on other clouds.