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CRM is Busting Out Of Its Britches: Operational, Analytical, and Collaborative CRM Are Born
Back in the early 90’s, ‘CRM’ wasn’t even a trendy acronym. You had a few players thinking beyond 'stovepipe' enterprise applications, but not much beyond

forms for free lunch  like web conferencing, web forms handling, automated email handling, and unified message handling and intelligent message routing; web assistance tools such as Live Chat facilities, and Voice over IP (VoIP), and collaborative web browsing; and guided selling, and the soon-to-be omnipresent Call Me button. Problem is, the more ways that you give people to interact with you, and the easier you make it, the more often those people will interact with you, and that may not save you Service overhead costs. You

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