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SOFTWARE SELECTIONS AND GO-LIVESU.S. Army selects HP for enterprise cloud computing servicesCloud computing

download trial sap crm  competitors Press release  [PDF download] ___ SOFTWARE VENDOR M&As, PARTNERSHIPS, AND PRODUCT LAUNCHES Kronos acquires SaaShr.com Cross-industry HR/payroll, WFM, HCM This acquisition will help broaden Kronos' already impressive product portfolio. With SaaShr.com comes an extensive network of partners and resellers for Kronos, which will allow these partners to more effectively compete with their larger global competitors. —Sherry Fox, TEC HCM Analyst  Kronos' expansion plans via acquisitions aim

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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Sales Force Automation Buyer’s Guide


No matter how effective your sales staff is, there’s always room to boost efficiency and increase sales. But how you go about doing so may be a point of contention. Sales force automation (SFA) solutions come in many flavors, but they don’t all offer the comprehensive SFA functionality you need. Find out how to avoid the pitfalls of choosing SFA software, and get help matching your needs with the right solution for you.

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2011 Customer Relationship Management Buyer's Guide: Innovations in CRM


Customer relationship management (CRM) has matured, and offers more choices than ever before. This buyer’s guide reviews the latest innovations in this software space, focusing on cloud, mobile, and social options, and includes a section on the range of customer-centric and process-oriented add-ons and applications available. The guide also includes valuable CRM resources, case studies, and a directory of CRM vendors.

This buyer’s guide will show what CRM vendors are doing to differentiate themselves from the competition through innovation. We will first describe some of the major innovations in the CRM space (e.g., cloud computing, social media and collaboration tools, mobile technology, and extended functionality), and then review their advantages and disadvantages. For each category of innovation, the guide will illustrate with real- life examples how CRM vendors provide innovative solutions to their customers and the associated benefits.

Innovation in the CRM world can be approached from two main perspectives: innovations in software, which affect the way companies manage their relationships with their customers (e.g., the ability to analyze customer feedback, for better customer service and even product development), and innovations in the market, which affect the accessibility and usability of CRM solutions (e.g., having CRM functionality available in the cloud or on a mobile device). And as the two qualities are interconnected (innovation in one arena generally leads or responds to innovation in the other), this guide focuses equally on innovations in CRM software and in new delivery models, such as cloud computing and mobile.

Throughout this guide, we consider CRM to be more than a set of tools and solutions that companies use to facilitate their interactions with customers. A complete CRM implementation includes strategies and best practices that companies define and apply in order to attract and retain customers.


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Preface

Customer Relationship Management: A Buyer’s Guide

TEC CRM Resources

Casebook

KANA Software Customer Success Story
Yahoo! Listens Proactively to Customers to Deliver Good Experiences

1C-Rarus Customer Success Story
1C:Enterprise 8 Implementation for Gazprom Neft–Tyumen

HarrisData Customer Success Story
Leading Manufacturer Employs RTI Software’s Closed Loop CRM to Manage Its Nationwide Customer Service Initiative

Infinity Info Systems Customer Success Story
Infinity Info Systems Streamlines Workflow for Leading Wealth Management Firm Halbert Hargrove

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customer Success Story
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Gives BioMedix Vascular Solutions Better Insight into Business Execution

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customer Success Story by Ignify
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Gives Foreign Currency Exchange Company a 360-degree View of Customers and Business Operations

SugarCRM Customer Success Story
USA FACT Drives Higher Revenues with Sugar ProfessionalTM and Empowers Sales On-the-go with Sugar MobileTM


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CRM Innovations


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CRM innovations can be classified into four major categories: cloud computing, mobile, social, and extended functionality. Each category uses different technologies to address the needs of customer-focused companies and respond to changes in customer behavior. Many vendors innovate in two or more of these categories; others focus on one category (e.g., some traditional CRM vendors do not yet offer a cloud-computing delivery model or social functionality, but they have created strong mobile versions of their solutions).

Most of the innovative initiatives in the CRM space are contained within these four categories (but innovations are by no means limited to these categories). We consider these categories to be of the utmost importance—and this guide will focus on them— because they greatly affect the way companies manage their relationships with customers (existing or potential).



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SAP Announces SAP Business Planning and Consolidation for the SAP EPM Unwired Platform


During the TechEd event in Las Vegas, SAP launched Business Planning and Consolidation 10.0 for the SAP EPM Unwired Platform, enabling users to gain access to a more extensive set of functionalities beyond the common exploration and analysis of information. This new offering is part of a series of mobile innovations planned by SAP last year for business intelligence, enterprise performance

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CRM 101


Welcome to another installment in our back-to-basics series. So far, we’ve covered ERP 101 and SCM 101. What Is CRM? CRM is more than a software application. It is a set of strategies, processes, and associated software systems designed to improve the interactions and engagement of customers. CRM involves not only the use of these tools, but also corporate cultural transformation

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Will SAP HANA’s Big Data Usher SAP into the Intelligent BPM Elite?


SAP recently announced a new intelligent business operations bundle that aims to help organizations infuse big data insights in real time into their processes to work smarter and improve responsiveness to threats and opportunities.

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SAP Eliminates Extra Clicks for End Users with SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM)


Today, at the HR Tech Europe Conference @ Expo 2012, SAP announced the availability of a package of user experience enhancements for the SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) solution. According to the press release the user experience capabilities of the product have been advanced. The SAP ERP HCM solution allows for automatic reminders, alerts, and key performance

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SAP ERP Market Analysis for SMB'S


As you'll discover in SAP ERP for SMB, SAP offers a range of ERP solutions for small and midsized businesses including a SaaS-based version called...

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SYSPRO CRM


SYSPRO CRM is aimed specifically at small to midsize manufacturers and distributors. Unlike other customer relationship management (CRM) solutions that are built around a modular architecture, SYSPRO CRM software uses a table-based architecture to integrate all of the critical CRM functions of marketing, sales, service, and fulfillment into a single module. This integrated architecture means that users from every department—including marketing, sales, service, collections, or shipping—share the same data for a collaborative effort. User-specific dashboards can be customized for views of information suited to a user’s individual needs. SYSPRO CRM integrates with the SYSPRO ERP solution for additional efficiencies. Sales orders, check shipments, inspect customer accounts receivable, verify inventory levels, and other critical functions can be initiated directly through SYSPRO CRM without having to exit screens or navigate complex menus. The SYSPRO CRM solution is easily customizable.  

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SAP PLM


SAP PLM integrates all participants in the development process: designers, suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. SAP's product attempts to keep engineering from being a linear value chain, but rather a three-dimensional, collaborative community focused on a common goal. SAP PLM provides a solution for companies that require proactive quality management to improve equipment and plant performance. SAP PLM is delivered through mySAP Enterprise Portal, which is a role-based portal solution. The solution provides Web-based access to internal and external content, applications, and services. SAP PLM integrates with mySAP Supply Chain Management, mySAP Customer Relationship Management, mySAP Supplier Relationship Management, mySAP Exchanges, and SAP's enterprise resource planning (ERP) offerings.  

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CRM Selections: When An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure Part Two: Using A Knowledge Base To Reduce The Time, Risk And Cost Of A CRM Selection


Using a knowledge base in the selection process can reduce the time, risk and cost of procuring technology. Well constructed knowledge bases that are used in a tested selection methodology reduce the RFI process from months to weeks, eliminate data quality issues and allow an apples to apples comparison of vendor offerings.

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