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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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Sales Force Automation Buyer’s Guide


No matter how effective your sales staff is, there’s always room to boost efficiency and increase sales. But how you go about doing so may be a point of contention. Sales force automation (SFA) solutions come in many flavors, but they don’t all offer the comprehensive SFA functionality you need. Find out how to avoid the pitfalls of choosing SFA software, and get help matching your needs with the right solution for you.

term sales force automation sfa  This should be a long-term investment. -Michael Hanna Sales consultant, Sales Op Solutions Industry expert Advanced Requirements To differentiate their products, vendors have added features that improve their core SFA systems'' functionality and aim to maximize productivity gains. Though all of these features are useful to some degree, some will be better for your organization than others. Buying functionality you don''t need can be expensive and will introduce a layer of complexity that can hamper Read More

Should Uniqueness Vouch For Marketing Automation Niche Players?


Unica's possibly unique set of broad and astute functional footprint and geographic coverage, easily-deployable product with proven quick payback may prove the fact that the marketing automation point providers with a differentiating value proposition and with immaculate execution may prevail the onslaught of larger packaged suite providers.

term sales force automation sfa  time. In the long term though, even the existing customers in France should reexamine their EMM applications needs, and decide whether they should remain on the current Marketic product, migrate to the Affinium product, or possibly consider a switch to a competitor''s product. On a more general note, prospective marketing automation customers should start by scrutinizing closely their major motivators for marketing automation and to determine whether they align with the overall CRM and corporate Read More

Software as a Service beyond Customer Relationship Management and Sales


Applications are more often outsourced than infrastructure, and this is increasingly done through software as a service (SaaS). Vendors such as WebEx, Webcom, MCA Solutions, and Ariba are delivering applications as SaaS.

term sales force automation sfa  like Perfect Commerce (in terms of the on-demand functional scope or install base) or Frictionless Commerce and Ketera Technologies , Ariba, for its part, started down the on-demand path about four years ago when users increasingly said they wanted access to individual components in the Ariba eProcurement module. Over the past year and a half, Ariba has gone to a single instance, multi-tenant architecture for all of its solutions. This option has been optimized for the lowest possible total cost of Read More

Software as a Service for Customer Relationship Management and Sales


Major vendors are noting the growing demand for software as a service. However, smaller providers are forging new ground by offering services for inventory and collaborative planning.

term sales force automation sfa  implementation and enterprise. In terms of the new features, the new UI is cleaner and more intuitive, allowing subscribers more time to focus on their customers or their on-demand business information. Nonetheless, Salesforce.com will also continue to offer its current classic UI for customers that are not ready to make the switch. Other new features include a rules-based assignment engine, which allows territory management to align sales and support teams for key markets and opportunities. Further, an Read More

Assessing the Drivers of Sales Performance


Outmoded measures are being used to develop marketing strategies and allocate resources. Existing go to market models often fail to consider the customer's total experience, and provides little information for planning. The solution is to reorient performance metrics to become value-driven.

term sales force automation sfa  organization takes to achieving long-term profitability. The Cost of the Knowledge Gap Despite the ever increasing sophistication of information technology and analytical tools, sales functions continue to be managed as they were fifty years ago. Budgets are set based on what happened last year, and the ever elusive topic of incentives is always a point for debate. Certainly, the marketplace will never be a laboratory where one can control variables and assess changes as one does in a clinical setting, Read More

The Forrester Wave: Midmarket Sales Force Automation


If you’re evaluating customer relationship management or sales force automation software, this Forrester report is a must-read. Featuring ratings on eight leading vendors based on over 150 criteria, the report is valued at over $795 (USD). Get your free copy from Maximizer Software, top-ranked in Forrester’s “current offerings” in areas such as product functionality breadth, setup, usability, integration, and cost.

term sales force automation sfa  Forrester Wave: Midmarket Sales Force Automation If you’re evaluating customer relationship management or sales force automation software, this Forrester report is a must-read. Featuring ratings on eight leading vendors based on over 150 criteria, the report is valued at over $795 (USD). Get your free copy from Maximizer Software, top-ranked in Forrester’s “current offerings” in areas such as product functionality breadth, setup, usability, integration, and cost. Read More

Dynamics SL: PPM for Professional Services Automation Competitor Analysis Report


A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Professional services automation (PSA) refers to a system designed to streamline and track resources, projects, portfolios, revenues, and the costs of professional services organizations (PSOs), which provide billable services to their clients. Consequently, PPM for PSA provides both the high-level monitoring of project portfolios as business investments and automates the project-specific functionality of time, billing, expense reporting, opportunity management, and resource management, linking back office functionality with the PSO’s portfolio of projects.

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The Sales Benchmarking Primer


Sales benchmarking is a diagnostic discipline that objectively identifies opportunities for sales-related performance improvement and enables best-practice solutions. This Sales Benchmarking Primer includes two important chapters from the best-selling book Making the Number—and provides a process-based framework for marketing and sales that can help your company survive and prosper in an unstable economy.

term sales force automation sfa  Sales Benchmarking Primer Sales benchmarking is a diagnostic discipline that objectively identifies opportunities for sales-related performance improvement and enables best-practice solutions. This Sales Benchmarking Primer includes two important chapters from the best-selling book Making the Number—and provides a process-based framework for marketing and sales that can help your company survive and prosper in an unstable economy. Read More

Leveraging 3-D for Sales Automation


It’s no longer acceptable for salespeople to respond to customers’ inquiries with “I’ll get back to you.” In the time it takes to respond, a competitor with stronger product knowledge, customized proposals, or better pricing will win your business. Find out how to provide your salespeople with the ability to explain complex manufacturing processes and other key factors—before you lose your sales to your competitors.

term sales force automation sfa  responds to these challenges determines whether or not he closes the sale. So, the bar continues to be raised as to the value a salesperson must bring to the table during the buy-and-sell process. Given this new reality, what tools are available to arm salespeople to better answer customers needs and present them with compelling reasons to buy? 3-D applications fulfill the vision of design and engineering firms. They provide a rich data set for salespeople to obtain marketing materials and digital Read More

Microsoft's Dynamic New Approach to Professional Services Automation


In the short term, Microsoft Dynamics SL will likely follow the professional services automation (PSA) trend of extending functionality to the Web. In the long term, its eventual absorption into the Microsoft Dynamics product line may affect Microsoft's strategy in the project portfolio management marketplace.

term sales force automation sfa  look and feel in terms of their interfaces and their usage of the business portal. The second wave will deliver a single Microsoft Dynamics solution that combines best-of-breed functionality from each product line by the end of 2008. To help its clients with the transition, Microsoft has put in place its Transformational Assurance plan that will allow users to migrate to the Microsoft Dynamics solutions at their own pace. Eventually, Microsoft likely will absorb its PSA product strategy into its Read More

Evolution to Revolution: The Test Automation Maturity Curve


The evolution of test automation towards data-driven and key/action word frameworks reflects the realization that the process becomes more efficient if there is less code to develop and maintain. Instead of taking twenty years to evolve towards efficiency, you can take a revolutionary leap with a code-free approach that makes it easier to implement, manage, and maintain automated tests.

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The Future of Sales Performance Management


Sales managers have faced the same challenges since long before customer relationship management (CRM) applications were invented. However, new tools and technologies are making their jobs easier. The future of sales performance management is integrated with CRM and social collaboration. It helps managers provide real-time coaching and motivation in context to drive better sales behaviors and, ultimately, better sales results.

term sales force automation sfa  Future of Sales Performance Management Sales managers have faced the same challenges since long before customer relationship management (CRM) applications were invented. However, new tools and technologies are making their jobs easier. The future of sales performance management is integrated with CRM and social collaboration. It helps managers provide real-time coaching and motivation in context to drive better sales behaviors and, ultimately, better sales results. Read More

B2B Reality Check: Overcoming Challenges in B2B Transaction Automation


There is a common perception that supply chain automation has created an environment in which transactions move quickly and efficiently in industries such as the retail supply chain and high-tech manufacturing. However, this perception is challenged by a recent research study, based on interviews with 400 management representatives of medium to large organizations in the USA, UK, Germany, and France.

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The Wild, Wild Web—Conquering New Sales Tax Frontiers in the Cloud


When it comes to sales tax revenue, states are striking out to conquer new frontiers. Tech firms are breaking new ground with online software and services, yet states are moving about as fast as wagon trains to keep pace with relevant and timely tax laws. The result is a virtual wasteland of ambiguity. This begs the question, as a technology vendor, where do you draw the line on sales tax?

term sales force automation sfa  Wild, Wild Web—Conquering New Sales Tax Frontiers in the Cloud When it comes to sales tax revenue, states are striking out to conquer new frontiers. Tech firms are breaking new ground with online software and services, yet states are moving about as fast as wagon trains to keep pace with relevant and timely tax laws. The result is a virtual wasteland of ambiguity. This begs the question, as a technology vendor, where do you draw the line on sales tax? Read More