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5-step CRM Software Selection Guide: A Pragmatist’s Guide to CRM Software Selections
Selecting a new enterprise customer relationship management (CRM) solution is an undertaking that requires careful planning and managed execution. And in fact

a weighted scoring matrix  have for sale. Developing a list of weighted requirements to support prioritized business objectives can however be a daunting task. Many project teams struggle to define what a “process” is for their business. This challenge is not unusual and we have developed a guideline for clients to develop a meaningful requirements list. This example serves as a foundation for developing a customized requirements list for your organization. The functionality-matrix breaks the CRM software solution into its

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