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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Evaluating Enterprise Software-Business Process or Feature/Function-Based Approach? All the above, Perhaps? Part Three: Knowledge Bases and User Recommendations
RFPs and selection tools typically focus on features and functions. The business process protagonists consider this focus old fashioned. However, users want and

sfa feature  (e.g., sales force automation [SFA], PLM, etc.). Because the technological questions attempt to cover many technical aspects (e.g., general architecture, degree of integration among modules, interconnectivity, data protection and restoration, security features, tools, etc.), we believe that the number of criteria serves its purpose. A lesser number would likely fail to provide an accurate picture, while a greater number would involve mundane details (e.g., the maximum length of the item description field

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Sales Force Automation (SFA)

Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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