Archie CRM News

  • CRM for SME
    CRM is not only suitable for large companies but also for small businesses, CRM for SME, as it is about relationship management and customer focus. The post CRM for SME appeared first on Archie CRM.... Read more »
  • ERP is not CRM
    ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a useful system, but it's not CRM. Companies do need a CRM system along side. The post ERP is not CRM appeared first on Archie CRM.... Read more »
  • Shape customer intimacy
    Internal communication is part of customer intimacy. With the use of CRM, you create structure and give employees autonomy. The post Shape customer intimacy appeared first on Archie CRM.... Read more »
  • Collaborate online in sales
    Online sales and account management need not be an obstacle for organizations. In fact, with a good CRM system, it's powerful. The post Collaborate online in sales appeared first on Archie CRM.... Read more »
  • Remote customer loyalty: three tips
    Working from home does not have to be a problem to increase customer loyalty. This is possible with the right CRM software. The post Remote customer loyalty: three tips appeared first on Archie CRM.... Read more »
  • CRM: a matter of having the right mindset
    The right mindset in a CRM implementation is one of the success factors for the success of implementation. The importance of transparency must be clear The post CRM: a matter of having the right mindset appeared first on Archie CRM.... Read more »
  • ‘Measuring is knowing’ and CRM
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    The CRM Consultant

  • VideoThe Benefits of CRM – Contact Management (The Video)
    First in a number of videos I will be doing around the benefits of CRM technology. Thought I would go back to CRM’s routes and talk about the benefits of contact management. ShareThis... Read more »
  • VideoThe real reasons CRM projects fail
    Much has been written and said over the years about CRM project failures and their causes, but a lot of it has been by marketing folks and journalists rather than those on the front line. So in this video I wanted to set out what failure really looks like and... Read more »
  • VideoHow long does a CRM project take?
    I was conscious that in last week’s ‘layperson’s guide to a CRM project’ video, where I broke a project down into the different stages, that I didn’t really cover off associated timelines. Something I’ve addressed in the following video, in the context of a mid-sized CRM implementation: ShareThis... Read more »
  • VideoA Layperson’s guide to a CRM project
    In this video I wanted to set out the principle stages of a CRM project. It’s aimed at people new to managing a CRM project, and tries to identify some of the things to look out for as you progress. ShareThis... Read more »
  • VideoHow to speed up a CRM project
    People are often surprised how long a CRM project can take. In this video I go through ten ways to speed up the delivery of a system. ShareThis... Read more »
  • VideoNine Ways To Reduce The Cost Of A CRM System
    As promised in last week’s post, which outlined the costs involved in running a CRM project, this video sets out ways to reduce them. ShareThis... Read more »
  • VideoHow much is a CRM system?
    In this video I walk through the different types of costs that are involved in a CRM project. These include software and implementation costs, project team time, the impact of go-live on users, system support, and the ongoing development and management of the system. ShareThis... Read more »

    Bob Thompson – CustomerThink

  • Secrets of Customer-Centric Success — Interview with Jeff Puritt, CEO of TELUS International
    Everyone says they want to be customer-centric and deliver a great customer experience. But most companies struggle, despite collecting customer feedback and investing in the latest technologies. The key to turning CX dreams into a real competitive advantage is leadership! Sign up for my new livestream interview show — Hooked... Read more »
  • “State of Service” Report: Pandemic Driving Customers to Digital Channels and Automation
    Salesforce.com just released its latest “State of Service” report with insights into how 7,000+ service professionals are adapting during the pandemic. I’d like to highlight a few key findings with the help of customer service thought leaders. Let’s start with the critical role of customer service in customer loyalty. A... Read more »
  • CX ROI: Making the Case to Improve the Buying Experience
    Sure, marketing and sales leaders want satisfied customers. But they won’t fund a CX initiative if that’s the main benefit. CX pros must show they are a valued contributor to the “revenue team.”... Read more »
  • Is Customer Experience the Key to B2B Differentiation? Yes, the SERVICE Experience
    For years we’ve seen many surveys finding that Customer Experience (CX) is a top priority and the key to differentiation. To the point that it’s become a mantra, accepted without question. Unfortunately, “CX” is used so broadly that it’s not clear whether it means customer service, the end-to-end customer journey,... Read more »
  • CX ROI: How to Justify Improving the Customer Service Experience
    To gain funding to improve the service experience, CX pros must support the KPIs of the customer service department. Improving customer satisfaction is not enough. At first blush, it should be a no-brainer to justify a Customer Experience (CX) program to improve the service experience. Customer Service (CS) is often... Read more »
  • How to Sustain Relationships with Customers and Employees During the COVID-19 Crisis
    On April 23, 2020, CustomerThink’s Advisors came together to support a webinar with tips on how to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. In this post I share my opening comments and highlight some of the content shared by the speakers. I encourage everyone to view the full recording here. Be... Read more »
  • 7 Global CX Experts Reveal How to Prove the Business Value of Customer Experience
    For the past three years (starting with this article) I’ve been banging the drum about a worrisome problem. Namely, less than one in four CX initiatives can demonstrate business impact in the form of tangible benefits. My argument in a nutshell: During a downturn, CX programs that can’t justify their... Read more »

    crm chart guy

  • “Support” for the Unified Interface in the Advanced Chart Editor for the XrmToolBox
      As a lot of people have noticed, chart customizations in the Unified Interface in Model-Driven Power Apps, or Dynamics 365 does not behave the way they used to in the classic interface. This is because the Unified Interface only supports a subset of the chart customization options that were... Read more »
  • Create Record Links From Power BI to Unified Interface and Dynamics 365
    A great dashboard in Dynamics 365, or Model-Driven App will not only show you the relevant data and insights, it will also make it easy to get to the relevant records so you can take action. Drill-downs and clicking on records to navigate to them has been the standard user... Read more »
  • Use Icons from Power Apps Unified Interface in Power BI
    As Power BI is used increasingly within Dynamics 365 or Model-Driven apps, attention to detail in the user experience is increasingly important. Users should be able to seamlessly navigate between the two technologies, and the visual cues should match between them for a coherent user experience. Visual cues for example,... Read more »
  • DirectQuery CDS from Power BI
    Last year I wrote a lengthy blog post comparing the three main methods of getting Dynamics 365, or Common Data Service data into Power BI for analysis. Now, at the most recent Microsoft Business Applications Summit, a new method was announced that I was finally able to try out. The... Read more »
  • VideoCompare This Year to Last Year – Unified Interface edition
    Some years ago, I wrote a blog post about how to create a chart that compared monthly sales, to the same month in the previous year. The approach required quite a bit of XML editing and the chart was limited to only comparing this and last year. No data from... Read more »
  • Comparing the three main ways to get Dynamics 365 data into Power BI
    There are a few different ways to get your Dynamics 365 data into Power BI. Now that the Common Data Service connector has come out of preview and is generally available, I figured it would be a good time to have a look at the different methods and how they... Read more »
  • Power Query (M) Builder for the XrmToolBox (April 2019 update and fixes)
    It has been a little while since the last update, but Mohamed Rasheed and I just added some bug fixes and improvements to the Power Query (M) Builder for the XrmToolBox. If you are new to the Power Query (M) Builder and how it can accelerate Power BI report development... Read more »

    thinkJar, the blog!

  • Off to Greener Pastures…
    …stay tuned for details!... Read more »
  • Engagement Defined In One Slide
    I have been accused many times of being “semantically driven” to differentiate myself (that means I am too focused on proper definitions and how to use terms well — see my position on hybrid clouds and social CRM from back in the day… oh, and journeys). I don’t do it for... Read more »
  • We Finally Reached Peak of Inflated Expectations for AI
    if you are a fan of Gartner, and who among us is not – right?, you know about the hype cycle. image above, copyright Gartner, Inc. funny, well – i think it is, was that when i used to present as a G analyst i used to call it the... Read more »
  • Here’s A Good Article on Storytelling
    https://www.cooper.com/journal/2017/7/people-dont-buy-your-product-they-buy-your-story? Invest the 5-10 minutes to read it, totally worth it. Quotage… “The secret to persuasion, influence, and motivation is a formula deeply grounded in storytelling.” and also… “People Don’t Buy Your Product, They Buy Your Story”... Read more »
  • Deep Learning – Is It Really Over?
    this is one of those cases where paying attention brought two very different articles to contrast.  and am not sure which way to go with this – stay tuned. first, I read this article from Futurism on the end of the era of Deep Learning.  Quoting from it: Artificial intelligence... Read more »
  • Fun Friday Fact (link)
    well, fifty-two of them actually. check this out, and have a great weekend.  starting now. View at Medium.com View at Medium.com... Read more »
  • KM with AI??? Inconceivable??? Nah, Easy Peasy…
    I feel I am truly gifted…. or blessed…. or something. I have good clients that like what I say and write, and they hire me to explore topics that are emerging in the enterprise.  One of these awesome clients is Transversal, and they wanted to see what I could do... Read more »

    CRM Software Blog | Dynamics 365

  • 46 ERP/CRM Software Blog Members Sponsor Summit North America 2021
    If you are only going to attend one in person event this year, make it Community Summit North America held October 12th-15th in Houston, TX. Summit North America is the largest independent gathering of the Microsoft Ecosystem. People come together from around the globe each year for valuable insights and... Read more »
  • Marketing in Microsoft Dynamics 365
    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing module helps us to build campaigns for your product/service with consistent personalized messaging and keeping contacts engaged in every stage of the buyer’s journey with a complete 360-degree view of a customer. You can understand more about their customer engagement and how best we can respond to... Read more »
  • Get Alerts4Dynamics to effectively manage Alerts & Notifications within Dynamics 365 CRM
    Alerts4Dynamics  is a productivity app for creating, scheduling and managing alerts and notifications for different entities in Dynamics 365 CRM. Being a preferred app on Microsoft AppSource, most of you will be well acquainted with this popular alert management app from Inogic. But for those of you who are yet... Read more »
  • Four Step Guide to create an Efficient Sales Territory Plan within Dynamics 365 CRM
    “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Similarly, planning of Sales Territory for a business organization is of paramount importance for its success. A Sales Territory plan plays a great role in assisting the Field Reps to reach... Read more »
  • How to Sync Exchange Appointments and Tasks with the Dynamics 365 App for Outlook
    One of the many reasons businesses are attracted to Dynamics 365 as a CRM system is because of its easy integration. The solution easily connects to other Microsoft solutions such as Outlook, Office 365, Power BI, and so much more. As a result, users have a centralized hub where they... Read more »
  • Plugin Coding Best Practices In Microsoft Dynamics CRM
    In any Microsoft Dynamics CRM instance, there are functionalities requested by the stakeholders which go beyond the functionalities offered by the Out-of-the-Box CRM instance. To deliver these functionalities we often need to write plugins. As a developer, if you have coded long enough on a project and know the CRM instance well,... Read more »
  • Financial Services Firms Are Using the Microsoft Power Platform for Rapid App Development and Accelerated Results
    Over the past year, we’ve faced extraordinary events that have forced us to change the way we do business in fundamental ways. We had to learn to work remotely and so much more. Thankfully, technology and imagination were able to assist with these changes. As an IT leader in your... Read more »

    Lynn Hunsaker – CustomerThink

  • How B2B Voice of the Customer Maturity Drives Growth
    B2B voice of customer maturity is not about scores, real-time feedback, response rates, listening posts, benchmarks, or comparisons to B2C trends. So, what does it mean? Let’s look at a sports analogy for enlightenment. When you’re mature in a sport, it means increased motor skills, strength, power, and in many... Read more »
  • Four Steps to Accelerate B2B CXM Maturity and Propel Stronger Growth
    B2B customer experience governance can generate stronger growth when it’s tied-in to the way that B2B ecosystems work. B2B firms often have dedicated sales teams who pursue strong relationships with customers. They may have already discovered customers’ intended outcomes as part of their outcomes-based selling and consultative selling approaches. You... Read more »
  • Customer Experience Metrics Tutorial
    Customer experience metrics are the most important choices in your CX strategy! What you monitor shapes your mindsets, conversations and actions. Yet recent studies show that only 21% of businesses are “very or extremely satisfied” with their ability to quantify the impact of customer experience on business results.1 There’s no... Read more »
  • B2B CX Metrics & ROI Maturity: Linking Customer Expectations to Business Performance
    B2B customer experience metrics maturity is about embedding automatic CX excellence as a way of life in your company. In human maturity, the ability to rise to any occasion and to toggle seamlessly to what’s most appropriate in any situation is deemed ideal. What customer experience metrics can empower your... Read more »
  • 10 B2B Customer Experience Myths & How to Improve Your CX Maturity
    B2B customer experience misunderstandings run rampant across studies, articles, CX tech providers, and mainstream commentary. Many proclamations about B2B customer experience have a myopic perspective, focused on sales, service, marketing, digitalization or promoting an offering — without B2B roots or a clear view of B2B general management. Fake-news about B2B... Read more »
  • 21 Tips for 2021 Customer Experience Excellence
    https://clearaction.com/21-tips-for-2021-customer-experience-excellence/Customer experience excellence is certainly defined a bit differently now, compared to years past. Some aspects of the new definition are obvious: heightened empathy and benevolence, smoother digitalization, stronger security and safety, greater inclusion and diversity. The 2020s decade is clobbering us over the head with the urgent realization of... Read more »
  • Thriving in Customer Experience on a Tight Budget
    https://clearaction.com/thriving-in-customer-experience-on-a-tight-budget/Customer experience management on a tight budget can still achieve great progress. You can make a vital impact even when customers are experiencing difficulties and use of technologies must be scaled back. Proven winners both during and after a down cycle are those that embrace a slowdown as an opportunity... Read more »

    CRM Buyer

  • Salesforce Is No Longer Just a CRM Company
    Dreamforce happens this week, emanating from San Francisco and reaching out to the world via the global cloud computing network Salesforce helped to create. With that, this may be the last time to say with all sincerity that Salesforce is a CRM company. Truth be told, the transition has been... Read more »
  • Where Does Oracle Go From Here?
    If you follow a market long enough and if it's a successful marketplace, you notice that some of the companies in it go through a succession of moves; first in new products and then in finance. The confusion comes when a company like Oracle lives through multiple up and down... Read more »
  • Logical CX Now Vital to Retail Brand Building
    A pair of recent studies highlight changing shopper attitudes as the pandemic continues its stranglehold on the supply chain for most industries. Two clear-cut consumer trends have surfaced: online shoppers want more self-service options and an overall more-efficient shopping experience.... Read more »
  • Call Center Culture Can Make or Break Your Customer Experience
    Leaf Home built its call center operation to drive potential customers to a cheerful encounter with all the departments to which they connect. That pleasant working relationship starts with Leaf's call center staff. We spoke with the company's chief human resources officer, Sean Loboda, to discuss the benefits of creating... Read more »
  • Making Sales Safe for Process
    A sales process is a set of protocols that an organization uses to conduct selling. One's process needs not be complex, many organizations settle on processes that have around seven steps. But a sales process that everyone in the organization adheres to is fundamental to that organization's success. The reasons... Read more »
  • This Digital CX Tool Drives Repeat Customers, No Website Required
    Cultivating repeat customers is a critical necessity in the continuing customer shift to mobile-first interactions for a potential product or service purchase. Digital CX tools help level the playing field by providing SMBs the same advantages put to use by their larger counterparts to solidify the customer experience and create... Read more »
  • Next Normal, Too Soon?
    It isn't just the pandemic that's shifting society; other macro events add an important dimension and all of it influences the direction of CRM for the foreseeable future. But a key question looms: Are we still too close to these events to be able to make sensible predictions about how... Read more »

    Bodine & Co.

  • Virtual Journey Mapping Bootcamp: October / November 2021
    Our September bootcamp sold out, so we’ve added one more session to our fall schedule. Hard-hitting content. Sessions that fit into your workday. Our two-part virtual bootcamp delivers a practical primer on journey mapping that you can immediately put into action for your organization. Part 1: Introduction to Journey Mapping... Read more »
  • Voice Your Opinion — Win Fun Prizes!
    How important is customer empathy? Does developing customer empathy across an organization lead to positive business outcomes? What best practices can you leverage in linking customer empathy to business results? I’m partnering with Alida and the CXPA to find the answers to these questions — and if you’re a customer... Read more »
  • Beat Up Ideas, Not People
    Yesterday I read a disturbing article in The New York Times about cultural change at Twitter. In a nutshell, Twitter brought in an executive to “revamp Twitter’s design team and make it more diverse.” Part of his process: asking employees “to go around the room, complimenting and critiquing one another”... Read more »
  • FREE Webinar! Procurement From The Outside-In: Moving To A Customer-Centric Mindset
    I hope you’ll join me on Wednesday, October 20 at noon Central time, when I’ll be teaming up with the global procurement and supply chain consultancy Proxima for a fun webinar. The folks at Proxima share a mindset that’s near and dear to my heart: transformation through customer centricity. So…... Read more »
  • Virtual Journey Mapping Bootcamp: September 2021
    This bootcamp is sold out! Join us at our next bootcamp in late October. *** Hard-hitting content. Sessions that fit into your workday. Our two-part virtual bootcamp delivers a practical primer on journey mapping that you can immediately put into action for your organization. Part 1: Introduction to Journey Mapping... Read more »
  • Top 10 Reasons To Enroll In “Customer-Powered Profits”
    If you’re looking to level up your customer experience skills, you need to check out my online course, Customer-Powered Profits: 10 Lessons To Unlock The Potential of Customer Experience. Need a reason to click that link? Here are 10! I make customer experience concepts simple. You won’t find any highfalutin... Read more »
  • Join me at Medallia’s Experience 21 Event
    On Wednesday, May 19, I’ll be joining forces with my friend and former Forrester colleague Megan Burns at Medallia’s Experience 21 event. In an engaging panel discussion led by Medallia’s own Brian Andrews, we’ll share our unique perspectives from decades of observing and shaping the customer experience landscape. Join this... Read more »

    CX Journey™

  • New CX Journey Inc. Website Launching!
    Image courtesy of PixabayCX Journey Inc.'s site is growing up! I'm so excited to have a new site going live this week! I'm sharing this note as a blog post as it will be my last post on what is currently www.cx-journey.com. A couple of things to note:This site will... Read more »
  • Agile Working in Practice: More Tips to Help Analytics Teams Transition
    Image courtesy of PixabayToday I'm pleased to share another guest post by Paul Laughlin. This post originally appeared on Paul's site on March 9, 2019.This is the second in two-part series from Paul about agile working. Find the first post in the series here.In my first post on how to... Read more »
  • Agile Working for Analytics Teams Needs a Cu​lture Change
    Image courtesy of PixabayToday I'm pleased to share a guest post by Paul Laughlin. This post originally appeared on Paul's site on February 21, 2019.The term Agile working is being used within more and more businesses. Although loosely defined, it generally refers to a more flexible and pacey way of... Read more »
  • Is Your Own Management Stalling Your Customer Experience Transformation?
    Image courtesy of PixabayI originally wrote today's post for Forbes. It appeared on the Forbes site on November 14, 2018. I've made some slight modifications since then, as it turned into a two-part series. This is the second in that series; the first part can be found here.In this follow-up... Read more »
  • The Secret Sauce to Achieve Outcomes with Journey Mapping
    In today's post, I reveal the secret sauce for journey mapping success. Are you ready?There's a lot of bad press out there about journey mapping. And there's a lot of bad journey mapping (or what people think is journey mapping). A few months ago, I shared my six-step journey mapping... Read more »
  • Exposure is What You Die from in the Desert
    If you're a speaker, thinking about becoming a speaker,  an event organizer, or considering hosting an event in the near future, you'll definitely want to read this. And even if you're none of the above, please continue reading. And feel free to share this whitepaper with anyone you believe will... Read more »
  • Has Your #CX Transformation Stalled?
    Image courtesy of PixabayI originally wrote today's post for Forbes. It appeared on the Forbes site on October 18, 2018. I've made some slight modifications since then, as it turned into a two-part series.The good news is that you've embarked on a customer experience transformation journey. The bad news is... Read more »

    Blog – Epikonic

  • How to orchestrate customer journeys in real time at scale
    Customer journeys are as individual as customers. Every customer has different needs, preferences, knowledge, information and another way to resolve their issues. In brief, every customer has a context of their own. As a consequence, customer journeys are often non-linear and move across different channels and devices. In between the... Read more »
  • How to successfully engage with students and their parents
    Schools, universities and other educational institutions have one challenge in common. They need to constantly communicate with their students and often the parents as well. Obviously, the students and their parents are different generations; and guess what, that means they have different communication styles, prefer different communications channels and are... Read more »
  • Zohonomics: How to make a difference by creating resources
    What does it take to make a company sustainably successful? Why is it so important to combine the global and the local view? And what is Zohonomics about? The CRMKonvos team had the chance to discuss with Vijay Sundaram, Chief Strategy Officer at Zoho about these topics – and some more. As one of... Read more »
  • How to do great Customer Journey Orchestration
    Following the great discussion about Customer Journey Orchestration that we had with Graham Hill it was obvious that this topic deserves and requires more attention. We had a lot of points and different terms, starting from customer journey management, customer managed journeys, customer journey analytics, customer journey mapping and so... Read more »
  • Together, Zoom and Five9 shape a new market
    The News On July 18, 2021, Zoom Video Communications, Inc. announced the acquisition of Five9, Inc. in an all-shares transaction. The transaction values Five9 at around $14.7 billion. According to the press release “the acquisition is expected to help enhance Zoom’s presence with enterprise customers and allow it to accelerate... Read more »
  • The Platform CAN Do the Work. Let it!
    On June 15, 2021, the CRMKonvos crew had the chance to chat with Andreas Schuster, Customer Success Director for SugarCRM in Europe, about the company’s evolving vision and goals. He did not disappoint. Schuster has filled a variety of roles over the years, both in the software industry and outside... Read more »
  • Why privacy is not an option
    Data breaches, ransomware, stolen identities, collecting of data for no benefit of the customer, are only some of the things that we do see every day. There does not seem to be any privacy anymore. This makes privacy and data protection hot topics not only for customers, but also for... Read more »

    Conversational Systems

  • Trends in Conversational Commerce, the Experience Connection
    Customer service has embraced changes in technology over the years, some technologies have succeeded, some, well, have struggled (The IVR has never been very popular). From my viewpoint, success is defined from the perspective of the customer. Fast forward to 2018 and now Intelligent Systems are a game-changer. Some systems... Read more »
  • Marketplaces, Aggregation Theory, and a CRM Platform in Disguise
    Online Marketplaces are conversational platforms or CRM systems in disguise, depending on your point of view. Marketplaces are multi-sided, support and require trust building, one-to-one relationships, and the ability to transact – and they need to scale. Within a Marketplace, each conversation is focused specifically towards an outcome. Unique to... Read more »
  • Simply Service
    Within information technology, there is no longer a need to call anything “Self-Service”. It is all simply Service. Circa 1996 — I was part of a team that redesigned and rebuilt a customer care system that sat logically in front of a telecom billing system. Customers could go online, see... Read more »
  • Reading Between the Lines: Accel-KKR Makes a Significant Investment in SugarCRM
    This is an interesting industry play, a long time in the making. I am able to take a unique view on this news, whether I am accurate in my commentary, only time will tell. I worked at SugarCRM, twice, two tours of duty some might say While working at Ciboodle,... Read more »
  • Put One Foot in Front of the Other
    For the past couple of months, we have been working with the fine folks at Helpshift. On August 2nd, we are going to broadcast a roundtable discussion (Webinar, Videocast, or whatever you choose to call it). I am hoping you decide to join the discussion. Within a few weeks after the... Read more »

    Beagle Research Group, LLC

  • Privacy Project
    The New York Times has launched the Privacy Project, a dialog with us readers about technology and privacy that delves into issues like GDPR and the loss of rights to privacy that are direct results of the later parts of the tech boom. Greedy tech companies, hostile state actors, governments... Read more »
  • What I am thinking about today
    We’re roughly 20 years into the CRM trend and it’s worth asking where we go from here. Grandview Research recently estimated that the market would be worth $81.9 billion by 2025 (1) and Gartner and others publish annual reports indicating the market’s vibrancy. But you can hide a lot within... Read more »
  • CDP for all
      Here we go again right down the hypecycle and into new product land. In the last week, two major enterprise software companies, Oracle and Salesforce have announced CDP products. Oracle announced its product last week in Las Vegas at its Modern Customer Experience (MCX) event. This week, Salesforce announced... Read more »
  • Millennial CRM
    Trying to do business without also having a modern CRM system is like walking around naked. You can do it, at least for a little while, but people will begin to think you’re weird and the trouble is that those people are all potential customers. CRM is essential today because,... Read more »
  • Modern selling
    Looking at the current assortment of CRM functionality including AI, machine learning, voice recognition and chatbots, you might conclude that the tools are evolving to remove salespeople and others from direct customer contact and you wouldn’t be wrong. What’s surprising to me though is the amount of sales angst in... Read more »
  • Salesforce birthday notes
    February 26, 2019 Salesforce will be celebrating its 20th birthday on March 8. Where did those decades go? “Time flies like an arrow,” said Groucho, “fruit flies like a banana.” There it is. Last week a respectable chunk of the analyst community that follows the company converged in San ... Read... Read more »
  • Cloud applications – the next phase
    This is a guest post by friend Vinnie Mirchandani. Vinnie has been a fixture in the independent analyst community for many years now after starting his analyst career with Gartner. Vin comes from the ERP side of enterprise software and his many years of experience have enriched how we ...... Read more »
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