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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 3: From R to Z
CRM. C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part three of a three-part article to provide explanation and meaning

materials management r 3  buying. RMA - Returned Materials Authorization . Most companies require that customers contact them before returning previously-purchased product, to receive authorization to return the product. The customer is usually given an RMA number, for tracking purposes. ROI - A calculation of how much money will be saved or earned as the result of an investment. When evaluating CRM packages, be sure to factor in investments of both time and capital in your ROI analysis. Rollback Capability - The ability of an

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Web Content Management (WCM) Software Evaluation Report

Web content management (WCM) systems manage content creation, review, and approval processes for web site content. This may include public Web sites (Internet), or private web sites (intranet or extranet). Use a WCM solution to organize and manage documents; provide content version control, collaboration utilities, and user or document level security. 

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A Leader in Service Management Tackles Multidimensional Growth


Founded in 1999, Servigistics, initially a service parts planning and optimization (SPP/O) specialist, has become a full-fledged service lifecycle management (SLM) platform. P.J. Jakovljevic, principal analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), runs down the company's history of acquisitions and developments, and interviews Mark Vigoroso, Servigistics' senior vice president of global marketing and alliances.

materials management r 3  to as-designed bills of materials (BOMs) and cannot access as-maintained BOMs for asset-specific service guidance. Hence, repair yields and turnaround times suffer. An up-to-date product content management module can be a possible solution as a key component in the post-sales service chain, as it provides visibility and access to content such as parts manuals and catalogs necessary to support distribution channels. Service Content is strategically complementary to Servigistics’ Service Parts Pricing, Read More

Quality Management


In today’s global market, providing quality products and services is essential for any manufacturer’s continued growth—but maintaining a competitive edge is not always easy. For success, quality awareness must begin at the conception of the product and continue throughout the various stages of its development. To improve in this area, many manufacturers are now adopting the total quality management (TQM) approach.

materials management r 3  acceptance/ rejection of incoming materials or products, and controlling the manufacturing process conditions. It is, in fact, a job at every stage of the company's activities. Quality Management is a company-wide activity, involving the combined efforts of various departments such as R&D, engineering, logistics, production and human resources, in different phases with a view to achieve the desired quality of end product. Quality awareness must begin at conception of the product and continue through Read More

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materials management r 3  oriented Autonomic Business Process Management Business process management (BPM) is an approach to administering business processes that involves people, organizations, and technologies—and can be carried out using varying levels of automation. Sadly, BPM often falls short of what it is intended to achieve. But there’s a fresh evolution of current BPM: goal-oriented autonomic BPM. Learn about the ideas, techniques, and benefits of autonomic and goal-oriented BPM. Read More

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