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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Sales Force Automation (SFA)

Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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How to Rise Above Today’s Economic Challenges: Equip Your Sales Force with Mobile CRM


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Software as a Service for Customer Relationship Management and Sales


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SAP as a Retail Market Force: More Fact Than Fiction


Can SAP, a market and technology leader in business management software, translate its success in the manufacturing industry to retail? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reviews the complexities of this master vertical and the steps SAP has taken to address them. The ensuing candid discussion with the SAP Retail Industry team sheds some light on SAP’s strategy with regard to the retail industry.

sales force structure b2b  margins are low and sales cycles are long; retailers are loath to spend money on software and think that software vendors need many years and decades of experience to know their business. Have SAP’s engineers in its German headquarters (and for retail, SAP also has centers in Toronto, Montreal, Phoenix, and Palo Alto) had the patience to master how complex (and yet fascinating) the retail sector is? SAP has long been a player in the apparel and footwear manufacturing space with its SAP Apparel and Read More

The Web-Enabled Sales Process


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Ariba's 15-Year Journey into the B2B Commerce Cloud


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The Power to Get Sales Leads into the Hands of the Right Salespeople Quickly and Efficiently


Manufacturers and service companies are facing a blackhole in sales lead management: costing sales. By using a workflow for lead and opportunity management, that efficiently routing and tracking sales, sales efficiency will increase and produce a bigger pipeline, and more sales will be closed.

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Optimizing Sales Engagements: Selling at the Speed of Change


The results from a recent sales engagement optimization study from CSO Insights show that sales organizations are facing a constant stream of change, and sales strategies are often not as effective as planned. Results from this study showed that for forecasted deals, only 48.3% actually resulted in wins, 27.1% ended in competitive losses, and 24.6% ended up as no decisions.

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Download this white paper to learn how more effective sales organizations are dealing with change, leveraging new processes and technologies to optimize sales engagement effectiveness and turn “how” they sell into a competitive advantage.

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To manage their teams successfully and hit their revenue number, sales leaders must carefully measure their individual sales reps’ performances. Though many useful leading indicators and metrics to do this, deeper metrics provide a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of your sales team’s performance and will help you manage sales more effectively. This white papers focuses on the ‘best practices’ sales metrics in three key areas—activities, sales pipeline, and sales results—so you can go beyond scratching the surface of sales management and start digging into the metrics that truly matter.

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The Sales and Marketing Stimulus Package


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