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The Benefits of Selecting a CRM Implementation Partner
As you begin a customer relationship management (CRM) initiative, software selection is only one facet of a successful project. You may consider implementing

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software Evaluation Report

This comprehensive, customer relationship management (CRM) Software Evaluation Report covers the full range of CRM functionality. Modeled especially to help clients requiring modern B2B or B2C solutions, it covers marketing automation, sales force automation, customer service and support, partner management, contract management and creation, project and team management, Internet sales, e-mail response management, analytics, and important technical criteria. 

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