For users who must store data on the iPad itself - for example, if they're flying to Asia and plan to use the time in the air to get some work done - there are third-party services such as that of Australia-based RhoLogic that allow SugarCRM data to be downloaded onto the iPad and stored in encrypted form.
Like SugarCRM and Salesforce.com, Pivotal CRM from Atlanta-based CDC Software also offers a choice of either a native iPad app or browser-based access.
"A lot of our customers, like CareerBuilder.com, have deployed it on the iPhone and are in the midst of testing on the iPad," says Jason Rushforth, president of the company's Pivotal CRM product.
The native app has the capability of downloading data and storing it locally so that sales teams can work on opportunities and queue up e-mails to be sent out even when they don't have an Internet connection. All that data is encrypted, Rushforth adds.
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