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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises in a

i d centric  of their different origins. I then explored the advantages and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from stalwart computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) providers: Siemens PLM Software, Dassault Systemes , and PTC ( Autodesk and Gerber Technology have only recently joined the PLM fray). Then, I analyzed the advantages of the second PLM group: the Big Three  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  vendors - SAP, Oracle , and Infor ( NGC Software would be an

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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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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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