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CRM and BPM: “We Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots”
In 2009, I attended two Gartner Summit events: the Gartner Business Process Management (BPM) Summit in March in San Diego; and Gartner Customer Relationship

activities for what goes together  processes are built around activities and issues such as billing, fraud detection , and equipment management, and these companies are pondering how better to organize around bringing aboard a new customer. Consider, for example, the process of signing up for a digital subscriber line (DSL)  service. The customer calls into the contact center, which confirms the customer order, thereby touching the provisioning system. Then, the agent schedules an engineer and installation (including parts), which

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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