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Why CRM Is So Hard and What To Do About It: Data is key to making CRM work
Making a CRM investment work is a two-step process that begins with unifying disparate systems by creating and managing standardized, reusable business

crm definitions  To summarize, making a CRM investment work is a two-step process that begins with unifying disparate systems by creating and managing standardized, reusable business definitions mapped to the different CRM system schemas throughout the organization. These maps, which direct CRM data movement across systems, are accessible to third-party tools via SOAP and Java APIs that make it possible to map common CRM, customer and business definitions across transactional and legacy systems. Having accomplished the

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CRM for Financial and Insurance Markets

Customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on the retention of customers by collecting data from all customer interactions with a company from all access points (by phone, mail, or Web, or in the field). The company can then use this data for specific business purposes by taking a customer-centric rather than a product-centric approach. CRM applications are front-end tools designed to facilitate the capture, consolidation, analysis, and enterprise-wide dissemination of data from existing and potential customers. This process occurs throughout the marketing, sales, and service stages, with the objective of better understanding one’s customers and anticipating their interest in an enterprise’s products or services.  

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