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How to Choose a Hosted CRM Application for SMBs
While virtually all hosted customer relationship management (CRM) applications support sales force automation, marketing campaign management, and customer

for sme crm  low cost of ownership for an on-demand solution should evaluate NetSuite. Salesforce.com, an early success story in the SME and MME space may have reached a market maturation / saturation point. In relying on AppExchange partners to provide functionality the company does not plan to develop in-house, Salesforce has created unnecessary complexity and a certain amount of instability in its go-to-market strategy. For example, in providing integration between Salesforce.com and SAP’s ERP applications

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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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