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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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A Well-designed Solution for Sourcing: Its Technological Foundation and How It Works
TradeStone has developed an application that can be quickly configured to shift data in and out of traditional enterprise planning systems. Organizations can

it proposal for a company  within the business and IT organizations, so as to determine key business drivers, identify pain points and impediments, and identify opportunities for improvement. The next phase would be to develop a scope document that articulates, at a high level, the key business opportunities (in order to quantify a potential ROI), and for which one has to determine high level as is processes. Then the team would configure a prototype of the TradeStone solution based on the scope document, review the prototype

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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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