Mastering SAP CRM Sales: Turn Insights into Action

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Knowledge acceleration for customer relationship management (CRM) sales can help you work more effectively with analytics and functions such as billing and orders to ensure efficiency while reducing errors. Learn about software-based courses designed to help sales professionals understand and master the essential functions within CRM sales.

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Mastering Complex CPQ for Dynamic Businesses

Complex configure, price, quote (CPQ) practices are becoming more important to enterprises seeking decisive business advantages. This white paper defines the concept of complex CPQ and summarizes the major trends driving interest in such business practices and enabling technologies. It provides a framework on three main aspects of complex CPQ and reviews the key capabilities of world-class CPQ software to drive sales efficiency with complex sales.  Read More

Helping Midsize Businesses Turn Data into Insights

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The data storm is growing with each business day—with cloud, mobile, and social. How do you move from chaos to collaborative decision making? With integrated business analytics. IBM Business Analytics for midsize businesses is purpose built for your midsize business. It’s simple, complete, and affordable. It’s a nimble, powerful solution that quickly turns data into insights and insights into business growth. Read More

Optimizing Sales Engagements: Selling at the Speed of Change

The results from a recent sales engagement optimization study from CSO Insights show that sales organizations are facing a constant stream of change, and sales strategies are often not as effective as planned. Results from this study showed that for forecasted deals, only 48.3% actually resulted in wins, 27.1% ended in competitive losses, and 24.6% ended up as no decisions.

The good news is that taking a proactive approach to dealing with sales process changes can have a significant impact on sales effectiveness. This finding was evident when the performance of sales organizations that continuously assessed how effectively they were selling was compared against those that did not perform such an assessment.

We asked the sales leaders from the continuous assessment group several questions to determine what their secrets to success are:

- What tools are salespeople using when engaging with customers?
- Where and how does this engagement occur?
- How effective are salespeople at engaging with customers?
- When does the engagement process need to be enhanced, modified or replaced?

Download this white paper to learn how more effective sales organizations are dealing with change, leveraging new processes and technologies to optimize sales engagement effectiveness and turn “how” they sell into a competitive advantage. Read More

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