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(Forgotten) CRM and ERP Kingdoms in the Making?
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) vendor Consona is determined to establish a CRM “kingdom” based on Consona

talisma crm  Primus Knowledge Systems ), Talisma , and Oracle. KNOVA often competed favorably because of its ability to deliver process-driven applications; and because of its strong search, KM, and root-cause analytical capabilities (which make it a broad platform that turns any relevant structured and unstructured content into knowledge, regardless of where and how it is stored). However, it probably would not have maintained its competitive position against current and potential competitors in the long run. It is

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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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