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SaaSy Discussions (Part I)
Much has been said and written lately, on TEC's web site as well as on many other peer sites, about the on-demand deployment model, especially about multi

i part 16  I am and what I do at the company). Rapid deployment (measured in weeks -- versus months or years -- and cost-effective) and robust integration (with existing applications & data, support for industry-standard application and data interfaces, and portal-based infrastructure) are other tenets of adaptive CRM. Also critical for adaptive CRM are the inherent business intelligence (BI) capabilities to understand customer and market dynamics, and business process management (BPM) in a multi-tier way (via

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