Custom Tables - Part #1
What are custom tables, and why should you care?
As a technology, custom tables have been supported in Act! since version 2008, Service Pack #3, however, despite their relative longevity, only a minority of Act! users are aware of them – and fewer still using them. So what are custom tables, and why should we care about them?
To appreciate custom tables properly, we need to understand what Act! is without them.
Out of the box, Act! is comprised of tables for Contacts, Companies, Groups, and Opportunities, and for the most part that is where Act! users store their field data. For the majority, this type of data structure is sufficient, with people storing information like dates of birth, anniversaries, and general contact information quite adequately within these tables.
For others, however, this type of rigid structure is quite limiting, as Contacts, Groups, and Companies do not support what I call “transactional data”. To illustrate the importance of this distinction, imagine having a contact field in your database for “Last Sale”. The data in this field would continuously be overwritten by the “latest” sales data for this contact, making any sort of history recording for this field difficult, if not impossible.
Keystroke Welcome Kit
As part of our new “Keystroke Koncierge Program”, we are pleased to announce the introduction of our new “Welcome Kit” available exclusively to our customers. The Welcome Kit is comprised of some useful Actcessories that we’ve developed here at Keystroke, to improve the efficiency and enjoyment of using Act! Available in a single, easy-to-use installer,
The keystroke Welcome Kit loads a collection of helpful Act! plugins, including the following: