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8 Essential CRM Best Practices-an Executive Guide
In this informative white paper, 8 essential CRM best practicesan executive guide, you'll discover the eight key elements of highly successful CRM ...

crm best practices  Essential CRM Best Practices-an Executive Guide Since CRM can be directly related to how much money comes in the door, shouldn't your CRM system contain all the proven CRM best practices ? Can you afford to have less than the best when it comes to dealing with your customers? In this informative white paper, 8 Essential CRM Best Practices—An Executive Guide , you'll discover the eight key elements of highly successful CRM systems—laid out for you in clear, straightforward language. So whether you're

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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CMMS – EAM

Enterpise asset management (EAM) solutions support maintenance management tasks. Asset management systems typically enable planning, controlling, and monitoring of physical asset events. EAM typically includes computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) functionality, fleet maintenance, workflow, reporting, and other areas that touch upon asset management practices. 

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CRM, Success, and Best Practices: A Wake Up Call Part One: Searching and Establishing the Business Parameters of CRM


Customer relationship management is a sophisticated set of customer-facing tools; however, its technology has outpaced the management strategy used to implement it. Moreover, murky definitions and objectives have caused varying degrees of success and failure to emerge from the same initiative. Clearly defining the objective, implementing holistic best practices, and ensuring that senior management understands CRM as a business strategy can help maximize a CRM investment.

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Saleslogix CRM Best Practices Guide


Find out in the saleslogix CRM guidebook by nucleus research, a leading research analyst firm.

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CRM, Success, and Best Practices: A Wake Up Call Part Two: Modeling Success with Senior Management and CRM Culture


To maximize the return on investment of a customer relationship management system, a new CRM best practices model should be used. A point-based system, self-assessment model that emphasizes senior management leadership and the need to create a culture consistent with CRM can lead to a deployment strategy that is correlated with success. An interactive version of this assessment is included with this article.

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Best Practices of the Best-run Sales Organizations: Sales Opportunity Blueprinting


To move your sales team to the next level, you need to find answers to several questions. For example: How do you determine which customers provide the best opportunity for a successful sale? Can you develop and present a comprehensive view of your value position to a prospect? What is the role of IT in driving a best-run sales organization? Find out how leading companies have answered these questions—and how they excel.

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2011 Customer Relationship Management Buyer's Guide: Innovations in CRM


Customer relationship management (CRM) has matured, and offers more choices than ever before. This buyer’s guide reviews the latest innovations in this software space, focusing on cloud, mobile, and social options, and includes a section on the range of customer-centric and process-oriented add-ons and applications available. The guide also includes valuable CRM resources, case studies, and a directory of CRM vendors.

This buyer’s guide will show what CRM vendors are doing to differentiate themselves from the competition through innovation. We will first describe some of the major innovations in the CRM space (e.g., cloud computing, social media and collaboration tools, mobile technology, and extended functionality), and then review their advantages and disadvantages. For each category of innovation, the guide will illustrate with real- life examples how CRM vendors provide innovative solutions to their customers and the associated benefits.

Innovation in the CRM world can be approached from two main perspectives: innovations in software, which affect the way companies manage their relationships with their customers (e.g., the ability to analyze customer feedback, for better customer service and even product development), and innovations in the market, which affect the accessibility and usability of CRM solutions (e.g., having CRM functionality available in the cloud or on a mobile device). And as the two qualities are interconnected (innovation in one arena generally leads or responds to innovation in the other), this guide focuses equally on innovations in CRM software and in new delivery models, such as cloud computing and mobile.

Throughout this guide, we consider CRM to be more than a set of tools and solutions that companies use to facilitate their interactions with customers. A complete CRM implementation includes strategies and best practices that companies define and apply in order to attract and retain customers.


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Customer Relationship Management: A Buyer’s Guide

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CRM Innovations


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CRM innovations can be classified into four major categories: cloud computing, mobile, social, and extended functionality. Each category uses different technologies to address the needs of customer-focused companies and respond to changes in customer behavior. Many vendors innovate in two or more of these categories; others focus on one category (e.g., some traditional CRM vendors do not yet offer a cloud-computing delivery model or social functionality, but they have created strong mobile versions of their solutions).

Most of the innovative initiatives in the CRM space are contained within these four categories (but innovations are by no means limited to these categories). We consider these categories to be of the utmost importance—and this guide will focus on them— because they greatly affect the way companies manage their relationships with customers (existing or potential).



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This comprehensive, customer relationship management (CRM) knowledge base covers the full range of CRM functionality. Modeled especially to help clients requiring modern B2B or B2C solutions, it covers marketing automation, sales force automation, customer service and support, partner management, contract management and creation, project and team management, Internet sales, e-mail response management, analytics, and important technical criteria.

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This customer relationship management (CRM) software review report examines the CRM software by Aptean and its support for manufacturing industry customers against known benchmarks. It assesses Pivotal CRM by Aptean for customer relationship management functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

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  • Analytics and Reporting
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The report contains an independent analyst’s review of the CRM software based on a demonstration provided by Aptean. The review identifies the features of Pivotal CRM that distinguish it from other CRM solutions, including its partnership with QlikView to offer optimized intellectual property and data analytics capabilities and its ability to integrate with Aptean’s other ERP solutions. The analyst also outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

Pivotal CRM is a solution for manufacturing industry customers that is particularly ideal for clients in the financial services and discrete and process manufacturing sectors. Pivotal CRM provides CRM support to businesses through sales force automation, marketing management, and service management support.

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

Based on a demonstration of Pivotal CRM, a TEC analyst has assessed the CRM software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that Pivotal CRM is a strong CRM system

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, and in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how Aptean’s Pivotal CRM can help businesses achieve their customer relationship management objectives.

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