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The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

g part 1  other means. F - G   Fail over Capability - The ability for a server, when it fails, to fail over to a machine that is running in parallel and provide seamless, non-stop processing for users. FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions . A list of questions that are repetitively asked of Customer Support Representatives. If a user views the FAQ list, they will find answers to the most commonly asked questions, saving the Support organization time and effort in handling repeat questions or problems. FFA - Field

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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