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CRM Magazine: September 2004
Magazine Features
CRM magazine honors the spirit and determination of both vendors and CRM user companies with the 2004 Leader Awards.
Six companies that set out to get measurable results, then met or surpassed their expectations.
In alphabetical order, the winners are...
The time has come once again for CRM magazine to reward excellence and achievement among vendors in the CRM industry. CRM vendors have individually and collectively worked to build confidence in the discipline, and those efforts are paying off. According to AMR Research, companies are still making modest-but-measurable increases in their spending on customer management tools and strategies, to the tune of an additional $600 million in spending expected for 2004. Interest is strongest among midmarket and SMB firms, which we classify as those companies under $1 billion and under $100 million in annual revenues, respectively. But there was plenty to stir things up this year. Read on to see what companies prevailed from 2003, and how others are leaving an indelible mark on the industry.
The time has come once again for CRM magazine to reward excellence and achievement among vendors in the CRM industry. CRM vendors have individually and collectively worked to build confidence in the discipline, and those efforts are paying off. According to AMR Research, companies are still making modest-but-measurable increases in their spending on customer management tools and strategies, to the tune of an additional $600 million in spending expected for 2004. Interest is strongest among midmarket and SMB firms, which we classify as those companies under $1 billion and under $100 million in annual revenues, respectively. But there was plenty to stir things up this year. Read on to see what companies prevailed from 2003, and how others are leaving an indelible mark on the industry.
The time has come once again for CRM magazine to reward excellence and achievement among vendors in the CRM industry. CRM vendors have individually and collectively worked to build confidence in the discipline, and those efforts are paying off. According to AMR Research, companies are still making modest-but-measurable increases in their spending on customer management tools and strategies, to the tune of an additional $600 million in spending expected for 2004. Interest is strongest among midmarket and SMB firms, which we classify as those companies under $1 billion and under $100 million in annual revenues, respectively. But there was plenty to stir things up this year. Read on to see what companies prevailed from 2003, and how others are leaving an indelible mark on the industry.
 
Front Office
Our 2004 CRM Leader Awards celebrate the people and companies that in the past year have stood above the rest; the CRM Elite details how customer centricity pays dividends; and the Influential Leaders spotlights executives whose determination and concentration on results have driven success for themselves, their customers, and in some cases, the industry as a whole.
 
Reality Check
In a successful CRM implementation process must always precede technology.
 
Customer Centricity
The faster you deliver relevant information, the more competitive your offering will be.
 
Insight
Midsize companies are increasing their uptake of CRM, while large, international enterprises are cutting back.
In May CRM magazine presented the first installment in a list of some of the industry's key players. This month we continue that recognition with a look at executives from StayinFront.
Cost minimization has been and will continue to be a key component in companies' decisions to locate their contact centers offshore, but firms should weigh other options to ensure that they make the right decision.
What does it take to be successful in a CRM initiative?
CRM industry leaders talk the talk.
The book details the seven steps that can save marketers from missing opportunities to make that essential customer connection.
Is a hosted-or-on-demand-offering price war is looming? If so, what will vendors do to differentiate themselves and their services?
 
Secret of My Success
Despite theft and terrorism biotechnology company Alltech retains customer data and tracks products in its supply chain.
PADI Worldwide unified sales, accounting, membership, and training and education to make members more self-sufficient and reduce customer service calls.
 
Diary of a CRM Initiative
It takes time for business partners to feel comfortable with the luxury of being asked to think from a new perspective.
 

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