Author: Kevin Ramesan


Analyse This

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Enterprise applications have long been providing the means for businesses to collect required data and deliver it to the right people. Now that sales and marketing professionals are empowered with the right tools to better serve their customers and gather insights on all customers' interactions, the question to ask is what's next? We see the answer in a tight integration between Enterprise applications and Analytics.

RTI's CRM Applications Rivals The Major League Providers

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Founded in 1990, RTI Software is an Illinois CRM application provider with a feature- rich Enterprise solution targeting the software and hardware industry and expanding to other industries with similar requirements in service, helpdesk, sales and marketing. Recently TEC interviewed Michel P.Mallen, RTI’s Executive Vice President to discuss RTI’s flagship products CustomerFirst and SalesFirst.

IBM is Serious About SMB

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In the battle for market supremacy, IBM wants to win by reducing Microsoft's market potential. IBM has selected the infrastructure as its battlefield. Both companies are heavily investing to attract best-of-breed channel partners that will be instrumental to a successful small and midsize business (SMB) strategy.

Surado! A Rising Mid-market CRM Provider

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Our quest for quality and well-priced mid-market CRM software solutions, takes us this week to review Surado Solutions Inc. developers of Surado CRM Solutions. Surado positions itself high in many functional areas, against many mid-market software vendors such as SalesLogix, Epicor, Microsoft CRM, Kana, and Commence Corporation.

Data Quality: Cost or Profit?

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Data quality has direct consequences on a company's bottom-line and its customer relationship management (CRM) strategy. Looking beyond general approaches and company policies that set expectations and establish data management procedures, we will explore applications and tools that help reduce the negative impact of poor data quality. Some CRM application providers like Interface Software have definitely taken data quality seriously and are contributing to solving some data quality issues.

Can the Market Sustain a Stand-Alone EMM?

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The new millennium has completely redrawn the IT industry map especially in the enterprise marketing management (EMM) sector. The number of independent marketing automation vendors has significantly shrunk. Names such as Xchange, MarketFirst, Annuncio, and Prime Response no longer exist. Amongst the few still operating is Aprimo. Their strategy primarily targets large customers from the financial services, technology, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing industries, and it pays. Aprimo just released its version 6.0 posed to help the vendor sustain the ongoing IT turmoil.

"Best" of the Three CRM Solutions

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In 2004, Best Software acquired ACCPAC through its parent company The Sage Group plc and has now released a new version of its CRM product: SalesLogix 6.2. Their objective is clearly to gain as much market share as possible in the growing small and medium sized enterprise market (SME). Acquiring additional market share is a clear objective when competing in a target market that houses players such as Microsoft CRM, Salesforce.com and the mid-sized Siebel offering. It will be interesting to watch how Best Software will position its new "trio" product lines ACT, ACCPAC, and SalesLogix on the battleground.

Interface Software Expands Its CRM Functionality

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Interface Software, a provider of relationship intelligence to professional services firms, introduces InterAction 5 with three additional modules aimed at facilitating collaborative work in both legal- and project-based environments. InterAction 5 reinforces Interface Software's customer relationship management offering in response to its customer requirements and work processes. Interface Software targets particularly accountants, financial services, law firms, and management consultants.

The Best ACT! Is Still to Come

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After a long history as a contact management and relationship tracking tool, ACT! 2005, is expanding to offer more sales force automation features for small to midsize businesses. Now available in a workgroup version, it offers new templates, enhanced opportunity management, additional security, contact record permissions, group scheduling features, and new quote generation functionality. Technical improvements include an SQL database and a complete .NET platform positioning ACT! for total Internet accessibility. The balance of power will surely shift in the competitive landscape as ACT! 2005 covers SME CRM areas currently marked by competitors such as Goldmine and MS CRM.

Maximizer Enterprise 8: A Strong Competitor on the SMB Front Line

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TEC recently reviewed Maximizer Enterprise 8. Tailored to the latest Internet technology, the offering is aggressively priced. Rich functionality is offered in a three-module structure that continues to compete in the demanding "best fit," customer relationship management, small and medium enterprise marketplace.
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