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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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How to Rise Above Today’s Economic Challenges: Equip Your Sales Force with Mobile CRM
In today’s tough economic climate, companies need their sales teams operating at peak performance. But traditional customer relationship management (CRM) may be

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Sales Force Automation (SFA)

Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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PROS Inc.’s New Mission-“Big Data” Sales & Marketing Apps


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Harness the Power of Your Virtual Sales Team


Early in the campaign, the important thing is to get all your team members on the same page, share available knowledge, and plan ways to gather other required information. The first few meetings should be formal, with a printed agenda, including clear goals and time constraints (showing respect for team members' time). This process, of course, is called "discovery."

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Aligning Sales Territories to Enhance Sales Productivity: Improving Customer Relationships in a Tough Economy


In a tough economy, retaining customers and reducing costs become paramount, and sales force productivity takes center stage. You should also be thinking about territory alignment: territory management directly affects customer relationships and the ability to tailor your approach to various market segments. Learn how to optimize territory alignment with the right set of tools, and overcome sales process obstacles.

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Sales Force Automation Buyer’s Guide


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Varicent Sales Performance Management


Varicent SPM aligns sales performance with strategic objectives through pay-for-performance. It encompasses territory management, quota planning, incentive compensation management, and performance analytics. SPM spans across sales, employees, managers, and channels. Varicent SPM delivers technology that automates the assignment of territories, the collection and approval of quotas, and the administration and calculation of incentive compensation plans. It also examines sales performance and evaluates the effectiveness of incentive programs.  

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Since opening its first location in 1987, Australia’s TradeTools Direct has become a multilocation retailer to customers in the building trade. When it came time to transition from its cumbersome paper-based record-keeping system, the company chose Pronto Software. Find out how Pronto’s fully integrated point-of-sale (POS) system and accounting functions helped TradeTools increase efficiency and improve customer service.

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Best Practices of the Best-run Sales Organizations: Sales Opportunity Blueprinting


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