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Assessing the Drivers of Sales Performance
Outmoded measures are being used to develop marketing strategies and allocate resources. Existing go to market models often fail to consider the customer's

we do drivers  what's working. The insight we do have tends to be drawn from historical performance that may not be predictive of future performance. Understanding and managing the drivers of sales performance could transform an organization's competitive position and its profitability. With so much at stake, why do organizations continue to operate in this same manner? It is because sales and marketing are assumed to be an art form, and when approached as such, these actions defy objective assessment. However, when one

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ERP for Municipalities

In this model, we assume the municipality controls water, sewers and roads. We assume also that it collects municipal or county taxes and manages many of its own assets such as vehicles and water treatment plant. ERP software for Municipalities nearly always includes Finance, Customer Care and Billing For a complete municipal ERP suite, the following modules are usually included: - Human Resources - Maintenance Management - Asset Management - Project Management ( including Grant Management) - Quality Management - Analytics - Product Technology Of the above, Project and Quality Management modules may not be required for smaller Municipalities.    

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