Rethinking Customer Service: The Call Center as Corporate Information Hub

At most companies, the customer service department’s primary goal has been to manage complaints as cheaply as possible, not to build enduring relationships with customers. This e-book looks at how the call center can help drive a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to business. Experts from the call center world share strategies and shifts that must take place within companies if they are to be vital and nimble in the 21st century.

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11 Criteria for Selecting the Best ERP System Replacement

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is your information backbone, reaching into all areas of your business and value chain. That’s why replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. The cornerstone of this effort is finding the right partner. And since your long-term business strategy will shape your selection, it’s critical that your ERP provider be part of your vision. Read More

Linked Enterprise Data: Principles, Uses, and Benefits

Over time, as a result of operating pressures, the proliferation of tools, and changing technology, the corporate information system (IS) has become fragmented. Whereas the database formed the heart of the system 20 years ago, today there are countless sources of data: ERP, customer relations systems, sales management, internal directories, intranets, extranets, websites, etc. Yet this huge quantity of data is not being mined for the wealth and scope of its potential by either employees or information... Read More

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