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CRM Magazine: October 2006
Magazine Features
The CRM software market suffered its share of highly publicized financial nightmares this year, but simultaneously continued to grow for the second consecutive year.
The six powerful, visionary people hailed here have dominated the CRM industry in 2006 like no others. This year we add something historic--the first female Hall of Fame entrant.
Innovation and smart partnering--perhaps the keys that unlock doors to the CRM big league. These five companies excel at novel product concepts and some have made keen M&A moves this year. Both types of effort portend serious shots at the show.
They say that timing makes champions. These eight winners in as many categories (plus up-and-comers in our One to Watch boxes) prove the adage as they join more than a score of industry leaders in a year of opportunity-making industry changes.
They say that timing makes champions. These eight winners in as many categories (plus up-and-comers in our One to Watch boxes) prove the adage as they join more than a score of industry leaders in a year of opportunity-making industry changes.
Satisfied customers, soaring returns on investment, cool runnings of both back- and front-end office processes--meet the CRM-enabled companies that planned implementations the way they should be done.
 
Front Office
Every person and company mentioned in this issue should be proud to have helped the industry experience its second consecutive year of growth since its post-Y2K malaise.
 
Reality Check
At implementation, too many organizations depend on CRM software vendors to supply needed business processes.
 
Customer Centricity
Market research firms must measure complete experiences to help clients differentiate products and services.
 
The Tipping Point
The opportunity for muscular returns continues to grow.
 
Pint of View
They're just a way for grown-ups to play dress up.
 
Insight
Once industry leaders get past their own fears of SaaS, adoption will grow more rapidly than it already has.
This past summer's Disney-fueled pirate craze forces a question: What does a station wagon have to do with the Jolly Roger?
National Customer Service Week '06: Delivering a seamless, straightforward customer experience that lives up to its promises can help companies get repeat, more profitable business.
Smaller franchises are leveraging CRM to increase their fan bases.
CDI allows companies to reconcile customer data automatically: It provides a closed loop between individual, sporadic relationships and the redeployment of that data back to the CRM system.
 
Re:Tooling
Business Problem: Salespeople need on-the-road access to opportunity, lead management, and other SFA-related functions.
 

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