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APICS 2009 from the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 1
While my colleagues Khudsiya Quadri and Gabriel Georghiu diligently attended numerous conference sessions and reported their impressions of each convention

s curve  chain partners. In principle, S&OP takes input from a variety of company experts across many disciplines, and then leverages that collective knowledge to get ahead of the curve and plan for the future. Better than any individual’s “gut” feeling or traditional wisdom, S&OP accounts for many different aspects of business to provide a more effective and informed plan for the future. S&OP’s traditional objective is to balance and synchronize supply and demand. This balance is achieved by reconciling

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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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