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CRM: Creating a Credible Business Case and Positioning It with the CEO Part Two: Linking CRM with Organizational Direction
An effective business case must link CRM with achieving organizational objectives; but this step is just the beginning. Credibility implies that the document

is this a linking action  model of the organization? Is this the correct timing? Who is the sponsor? What is at stake? Before continuing this discussion regarding credibility, a note of caution is in order. It is possible to sell CRM within an organization through the energy and passion of one executive. Through sheer determination and zeal, a senior executive can push the initiative through implementation, but what happens after that? If the initiative is not founded on making CRM operational, then the great expectations are goin

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PPM for Internal Departments

A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Typically IT departments employ an IT governance framework to ensure that their PPM strategy is put into action. With the increasing demand of IT departments to justify their project investments, PPM software has risen in popularity as the tool of choice. It allows both executives and IT decision makers to gain insight into their IT portfolios. PPM software allows IT managers to prioritize projects, allocate resources where needed, and gain financial insight into their portfolio investments. 

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