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Customer Relationship Management Strategies Part Two: Creating Your Strategy
CRM system can increase your profits and build customer loyalty by streamlining your processes and provide better quality products and services. However, you

bob strategy  A 2003 study by Bob Thompson, published for CRMGru.com, stated that CRM strategies focusing on the customer are more likely to succeed than those that don't. Getting the right people to participate can be a challenge. The mix should include representatives from the software vendor, key users, and customers. Software vendor associates : Must be knowledgeable not just in the technical aspect of the product but with best practices and industry standards. Avoid using sales people to help you develop

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PPM for Internal Departments

A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Typically IT departments employ an IT governance framework to ensure that their PPM strategy is put into action. With the increasing demand of IT departments to justify their project investments, PPM software has risen in popularity as the tool of choice. It allows both executives and IT decision makers to gain insight into their IT portfolios. PPM software allows IT managers to prioritize projects, allocate resources where needed, and gain financial insight into their portfolio investments. 

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Be Bold with Benefits but Subtle with Pains


While prospects often justify their purchases because you show them how your software solves their pain, they do not appreciate being told how bad they really operate. How can you be bold about your benefits and subtle about the prospects' pain.

bob strategy  process. About The Author Bob Riefstahl has been demonstrating software for over twenty years. As a partner with Demonstrating To Win! LLC, Bob conducts training workshops and provides consulting and professional speaking services to technology companies around the world. To learn more about Demo2WIN's products and services, visit their website at www.demo2win.com . Read More

What Can Pure CPQ Vendors Do Now?


For a few years now, pundits have opined that the quote-to-order (Q2O)/configure, price, quote (CPQ) realm is not sustainable as a standalone enterprise software category. Lo and behold, in the course of recent months several leading CPQ vendors have been acquired. The recent absorption of CPQ capabilities by multiple providers of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other adjacent enterprise

bob strategy  financial consolidation space with BoB players such as Hyperion, Business Objects, Cognos , and others, and pure CPQ providers will find it tough going. Selectica and Apttus might have improved their viability by expanding their footprint via handling contract lifecycle management (CLM) and offering configure, price, quote, contract (CPQC) capabilities. Cincom Acquire has a larger parent, Cincom Systems , but what can companies such as Configure One, Configit, FPX, Versata CPQ, Tacton , and Experlogix do Read More

IBM Unveils New Technology to Address the Internet of Things


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bob strategy  right action to take. Bob S. Johnson, director of development for Sprint’s Velocity Program, remarked the following: To realize the vision of a Smarter Planet, we must first enable the universe of instrumented sensors, devices and machines to communicate more efficiently while sharing, managing and integrating large volumes of data at a rate much faster than ever before. We have been testing IBM MessageSight for some initial projects and are excited about the capabilities that it could help us deliver Read More

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Strategy and Tactics to Achieve Effective IT Governance


Information technology (IT) governance is currently a hot topic. But what is “governance” exactly? IT governance includes a number of actions and decision-making structures that encourage desirable behavior in the use of IT, and it’s an important area of focus for any organization that wants to increase its IT business value. We present a step-by-step guide to help you achieve the IT governance you need.

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What's Wrong With Enterprise Applications, And What Are Vendors Doing About It? Part Two: A New Framework Strategy


Building replacement products on a new framework is a higher risk strategy. The product functionality still quite matters and, while it is important for enterprise applications providers to implement the latest computer science 'quantum leap', there is no guaranteed correlation between first-to-market and the ultimate success in the market (in fact, based on many experiences, one could even argue that the correlation might be inverse).

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Manage the Global Workforce with a True Cloud Strategy


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Aligning Technology to Business Strategy: New Tools, Old Rules


Technology innovation continues at an incredible rate. Computing power, end user devices, networking and communication options, and software applications all offer new capabilities and options unimagined even five years ago. But the challenge remains the same as ever: how to select technology investments wisely? By following some basic guidelines, a company can help ensure its technology investments support business direction.

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Positioning Starts With A Message Strategy


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