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17 Rules of the Road for Customer Relationship Management
Customer relationship management (CRM) is more than a product@it’s a philosophy. That’s why, when it comes to CRM systems, it’s important to understand all the

new customer letters  solution be leveraged in new marketing campaigns? Will marketing campaign data find its way to the customer support center where cross-selling opportunities could be made or lost? While it's true that custom code can be written to integrate products, a true CRM solution provides the functionality of any point solution, as well as a cost-free, seamless way to add features and capabilities whenever you need them. So don't settle for anything less than a comprehensive solution that delivers on the true

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Product Development and Portfolio Management

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