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5-step CRM Software Selection Guide: A Pragmatist’s Guide to CRM Software Selections
Selecting a new enterprise customer relationship management (CRM) solution is an undertaking that requires careful planning and managed execution. And in fact

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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SaaS Buyer's Guide for Wholesale and Distribution


SaaS, despite its phenomenal popularity, is certainly not one-size-fits-all. You need to consider decision criteria such as fit, return on investment, and risk. Learn how SaaS works, who the major vendors are, how SaaS can help your business grow, and how to find the SaaS solution that’s right for you. It’s all in this comprehensive SaaS Buyer’s Guide for Wholesale and Distribution from TEC and SupplyChainBrain.

From a business requirements perspective, the defining characteristic of wholesale and distribution (W&D) organizations is that they operate as intermediate agents between manufacturers and retailers. Their top business needs thus focus on requirements for:

  • processing high volumes of transactions,
  • maintaining constant communication between upstream and downstream collaborators (manufacturers and retailers/customers, respectively), and
  • managing products for multiple competitors within the same warehouse or distribution center

In this guide we will explore considerations for W&D organizations that are considering adoption of the SaaS delivery model, and examine the particular business issues that arise from this change.Specifically, we will address the following considerations:

  • the differences between SaaS and on-premise delivery models
  • SaaS architectures
  • SaaS pros, cons, and other considerations
  • selection criteria for SaaS-based applications
  • viable wholesale and distribution SaaS vendors

Later in this guide, we’ll provide examples of SaaS delivery model success stories, as well as a SaaS IT directory, segmented according to business area.


Table of Contents


Preface

Software as a Service: A Buyer’s Guide


Spotlight on Adaptability and Agility

Thought Leadership from SAP
SAP’s Perspective on Software as a Service

SAP Case Study
Johnson Products Capitalizing on New Sales after 30-day SAP Deployment


Spotlight on Manufacturing and Distribution

Thought Leadership from Epicor
SaaS ERP for Small Manufacturers and Distributors

TECSYS Case Study
LifeScience Logistics Achieves 99.97% Inventory Accuracy with TECYS’ EliteSeries for Healthcare


Spotlight on Growing Your Company with SaaS

Thought Leadership from NetSuite
The Benefits of a Business Management Software Suite for High-growth and Midsized Businesses: Overcoming the Barriers of Stand-alone Business Applications

NetSuite Case Study
Woodworking Machinery Maker Cuts Costs, Grows Efficiency with NetSuite

NetSuite Case Study
NetSuite Helps Manufacturer Take Advantage of Fast Market Growth


Spotlight on Distribution Centers

Thought Leadership from Bond International Software
Cloud Computing for Your Distribution Workforce

IBS Case Study
Konaflex Focuses on its Core Business with IBS Distribution Management Software


Vendor Directory


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What Are the Differences between the SaaS and On-premise Delivery Models?



Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

  • The software is acquired by the customer up-front.
  • The software is installed, deployed, managed, and maintained at the customer’s site, generally with a great degree of involvement by the customer.
  • The customer provides the in-house infrastructure (e.g., servers, hardware, networks) to support the software.


Defining the SaaS model is slightly more complex, since different SaaS vendors offer different definitions. We’ll explore these variations in more detail shortly, but for now we’ll note the following SaaS characteristics:

  • The software vendor provides customers with access to the software via the Internet.
  • The customer pays for this service on a subscription basis (normally per user, per month, or per number of transactions).
  • The vendor is responsible for maintenance, upgrades, and software support, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

The major difference between the on-premise and SaaS delivery model lies in the ownership of the software. In the on-premise model, once the software is purchased, the customer owns it. In the SaaS delivery model, the software is not owned by the customer: it is provided to the customer in the same manner as any other service.


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Hosted PBX Buyer's Guide for Small and Medium Businesses


A hosted Internet protocol private branch exchange (IP PBX) system can provide an easy way for small to medium businesses (SMBs) to move to voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and get a new range of features and capabilities. While there are several IP PBX options, hosted applications are usually quicker and cheaper to install. Discover the critical features and services your SMB needs in a new hosted phone system.

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CRM Buyers Guide


CRM, or Customer Relationship Management, is an essential tool in any modern business no matter its size. The primary purpose of CRM software is to manage all aspects of the relationship with existing and prospective customers. Get a quick start on your CRM purchase by researching the important issues and factors for your organization. This guide can help you find the right provider for your unique needs.

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TEC 2013 CRM Buyer's Guide for Medium and Large Enterprises


Great customer service is the best (some say the only) way to truly stand out from the competition. CRM vendors are helping companies rise to the challenge with new tools for building and measuring relationships. In the 2013 TEC CRM Buyer’s Guide, analyst Raluca Druta walks you through the latest CRM developments and looks at how trends like customer experience management, mobility, and social media integration are changing the way companies do business.

Customer relationship management (CRM) solutions for medium and large enterprises need to be able to accommodate large numbers of complex CRM demands. Medium- and largesized companies often operate across several countries and/or continents and therefore need to harmonize their customers’ efforts and opinions across their respective cultures and geographies. In response to this reality, medium and large enterprises require cohesive systems that allow for coherent customer relationship management.

A cohesive CRM system ensures that there are no repetitions and inadequacies in interactions with customers. A thorough understanding of how the customer moves through the company’s offerings and services is also essential. If the customer experience is grasped correctly, insight can be gained into how internal employees and external partners have responded to customers and the level of satisfaction that the customer has derived from those interactions.

Here is a look at how a cohesive CRM system should work from the perspective of all three points of contact comprised by a CRM system (i.e., sales, marketing, and customer support).

For the purposes of this buyer’s guide, medium and large enterprises are defined as those organizations that have more than 500 employees and more than $100 million (USD) in annual revenue.


Table of Contents


Preface

The Business Need for CRM

The Features and Functions of CRM for Enterprises

CRM Vendors’ Approach to Addressing Customer-related Challenges

Conclusion

Vendor Solutions


TEC Resources for CRM for Medium and Large Enterprises

TEC Selection Project: ”Antiquated” CRM System Lags behind Mobile Salesforce


Casebook

KANA Thought Leadership: Building a Profitable Multi-channel Customer Service Experience

Mydex Thought Leadership: A New Personal Information Management Ecosystem

NetSuite Thought Leadership: Several Key Functional Criteria for Evaluating CRM Applications

ANALEC Customer Success Story: ANALEC ClientManager Empowers a Global Investment Bank’s Brokerage Business to Proactively Manage Its Customer Needs and Intelligently Allocate Resources to Boost Profitability

Avidian Technologies Customer Success Story: Elobau Increases Productivity with CRM Software from Avidian Technologies

BPMonline Customer Success Story: Multinational Software Company Uses BPMonline to Optimize and Control Processes

Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Ignify Customer Success Story: Global Electronic Systems Company Uses Microsoft Dynamics CRM to Manage Sales and Customer Service Operations

KANA Customer Success Story: Telkomsel: Breaking Down Barriers with Exceptional Customer Service

NetSuite Customer Success Story: Prudential Locations Enjoys Skyrocketing Agent Productivity with NetSuite CRM+

Salesforce Customer Success Story: First Data Selects Salesforce to Improve Lead Management

SAP Customer Success Story: Customer Intimacy and Lower Costs Go Hand-in-Hand at Yaskawa

SAP Customer Success Story: Nebraska Book Company: Starting a New Chapter in Its Business with SAP® Sales OnDemand

UBA Service Center for Sage CRM Customer Success Story: UBA Service Center for Sage CRM Gives KIA Dealers in Jordan and Iraq a 360-Degree View of Sales, Service Center, and Back-office Integration

Yunano Customer Success Story: Shenzhen Artron Color Printing Co., Ltd. Selects Yonyou CRM System


TEC Partners Resources Directory

Vendor Directory


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The Features and Functions of CRM for Enterprises


Product Technology: Integration

As the business needs for medium and large enterprises set these organizations apart from others, vendors propose CRM software solutions for enterprises that address these particular needs. In this section we will look at CRM for enterprises from two points of view: product technology and functionality.

Most vendors of CRM solutions for enterprises tend to offer complex functionality within a single solution or through integration with other solutions developed by the same vendor or its partners. Nevertheless, with the explosion of CRM niche solutions, medium and large enterprises might be tempted to buy several software solutions from different vendors to manage their CRM requirements. While sometimes they don’t have a choice, this can cause several potential integration problems.

The first set of problems that can be encountered is at the database level. Conflicts might appear between different types of databases (Oracle vs. Microsoft SQL, for example). Even if in theory this does not look like a big problem, in the day-to-day reality integration between two databases can become a nightmare. As the database structure differs from one provider to another, mapping is needed. This can be achieved either with internal IT staff or by buying services from vendors—both imply extra costs. It is preferable for enterprises to buy solutions from the same vendor. Even if these solutions are not perfectly integrated, at least they offer application program interfaces (APIs) and connectors that have been preconfigured to integrate between solutions.

Second, some niche solutions are offered on premise while others are offered in the cloud. Data residing in the cloud is not typically administered by the end user and thus cannot be accessed anytime, anywhere to perform stored procedures (a subroutine available to connected relational database system applications). End users usually require special permission from the vendor to perform any action on data stored in the cloud. In addition, upgrades of either on-premise or cloud solutions can lead to conflicts or rules being overridden. For instance, the API might fail to function as expected after an upgrade. Or permission to access certain functionality or data might be changed.


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Understanding New CRM Functionality: Approaches to Ensure a Well-planned Successful CRM Implementation


Why do some customer relationship management (CRM) implementations fail? The answer: companies’ lack of understanding of their current CRM environments, and of what areas need modification or improvement. Companies with a clear understanding of what they need from a CRM solution—as well as of what CRM means to their business—are more likely to succeed. To clinch that success, some key elements should be assessed first.

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CRM, ERP, BI, and IT Investment-Where Do You Find the Business Benefit?


Most companies want to use customer relationship management (CRM) applications to “supercharge” their sales forces. They want to gain some advantage with customer retention and acquisition, to manage the sales pipeline, and to have better market insight. But few companies realize these goals, often because of the way CRM is implemented. Find out where a CRM implementation can get off track—and how to ensure CRM success.

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IBS Enterprise7 for Enterprise Resource Planning for Distribution Certification Report


The IBS product Enterprise7 is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for distribution in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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IFS Applications (v. 7.5) for ERP for Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Manufacturing Certification Report


IFS Applications (v. 7.5) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) for engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing solutions in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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ERP Software Review: GLOVIA G2 for Discrete Manufacturing


EXAMPLE: ERP Software Review: DEACOM ERP for Process Manufacturing This enterprise resource planning (ERP) software report examines the ERP software by Glovia International and its support for discrete manufacturing processes against known benchmarks. It assesses GLOVIA G2 by Glovia International for ERP functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Financials
  • Human Resources
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Quality Management
  • Sales Management

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the ERP software based on a demonstration provided by Glovia International. The review identifies the features of GLOVIA G2 that distinguish it from other ERP for discrete manufacturing solutions, including its ability to grow with expanding manufacturing businesses, its extensive data processes capabilities, and its code comparison and modification functions. The analyst also outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

GLOVIA G2 achieved TEC certification status for its ERP software solution by completing TEC’s certification program which includes a demonstration of the ERP software’s support for specific real-world business processes and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of GLOVIA G2, a TEC analyst has assessed the ERP software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that GLOVIA G2 is a strong discrete manufacturing ERP system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, and in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how GLOVIA G2 by Glovia can help to-order manufacturers achieve their ERP objectives

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TEC 2015 Certification Report Zavanti CRM


Zavanti CRM is now certified by TEC for online evaluation of customer relationship management (CRM) solutions in the CRM Evaluation Center. Zavanti CRM covers the full customer engagement cycle—from capturing and qualifying a lead, to converting the lead into an opportunity and tracking the state of the opportunity with commercial information, to further converting that opportunity into a project.

Zavanti's front-end CRM system is an adaptation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Zavanti CRM leverages most Microsoft Dynamics CRM's out-of-the-box functionality and adapts it for the professional services and property development verticals.

Besides the typical CRM functionality (sales, marketing, and support), Zavanti CRM includes capabilities that support professional services teams with their delivery efforts.

TEC research analyst Raluca Druta gives on overview of the product in the Zavanti CRM certification report. You'll also find detailed functionality graphs comparing Zavanti CRM to competitor solutions in the major CRM functionality areas for professional services and property development.

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