Successful CRM is far more than just a one time project activity; it is a change in company culture and a continuous journey that matures over time as customer needs evolve, organizational capabilities change and the customer relationship grows. CRM is a business strategy first and foremost. CRM software provides the framework, management and automation to empower CRM strategies. CRM community members have discovered successful methods, effective business processes, lessons learned and best practices which collectively reduce risk and increase CRM payback. In this CRM channel we share and advance those ideas.
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Salesforce.com is the cloud CRM movement pioneer. With its substantial size, it no longer leads the industry in terms of revenue growth, however, in absolute terms of SaaS CRM revenues, customer acquisitions and user subscriptions the company is the clear market share leader. In this Salesforce.com CRM review we examine strengths and weaknesses of an industry leader.
Despite being a late entrant to the cloud CRM software market, Microsoft has acquired more CRM customers than any other vendor in its limited period and is using its momentum to alter the market in terms of platform capabilities, ubiquitous deployment and subscription pricing. In this Microsoft Dynamics CRM review we examine how Microsoft intends to achieve a leadership position.
When it comes to CRM in the cloud, the market has watched Oracle's near schizophrenic position regarding the validity of SaaS in the business software marketplace. But despite some initial reservations, Oracle has made up lost time, secured market share and advanced their Oracle CRM on Demand solution to earn a competitive leadership position in the cloud marketplace.
With its on-premise SAP CRM product, SAP is arguably the CRM software industry leader. Now SAP looks to expand CRM market share in the cloud with its on-demand solution, Business ByDesign. This independent SAP Business ByDesign review goes in depth to assess competitive strengths, weaknesses and costs of the SAP CRM cloud solution.
The CRM software market continues its double digit growth but how that growth is being allocated among CRM vendors is incurring steady change. The CRM market share report shows how the top CRM vendor is increasing the distance from the rest of the pack and how a convergence for the number 2 position is about to change the pecking order among the top CRM vendors.
The next generation of CRM software is needed for two reasons. First, businesses need new strategies and supporting technologies to respond to more empowered customers. Second, CRM software is a 23 year old customer data management technology that lies somewhere between mature and commoditized. It's time for a technology refresh. Here's what's needed for the future of CRM software.
While Oracle and SAP have viable CRM products for their ERP install bases, their CRM market share is in decline. It's clear the chase for the top CRM software position has reached a two horse race. Salesforce is the market leader and Microsoft Dynamics CRM is the challenger. Here's the head to head match up and expert analysis that compares the top two CRM software solutions.
CRM Idol a much needed shot in the arm for the upcoming generation of innovative Customer Relationship Management (CRM) providers and the customers who will benefit from their solutions. The CRM Idol competition vets small but innovative CRM software publishers from around the world in order to discover those solutions that most deserve more public attention.
During Q1 we saw some changes in the continuous jockeying for CRM software market share leadership. Or more specifically, according to CRM buyers, we saw some vendors increase their presence and more importantly increase the messaging and alignment with what CRM buyers say is most important to them. Here's this quarters CRM Winners and Losers results.
IDC reports that the CRM software market is about $18 billion, while Gartner says it’s about $11 billion. What each analyst firm counts as “CRM software” and how they source their data leads to some differences. In this CRM software market analysis, we examine the global CRM software market size and growth, and the top CRM vendor market share rankings as reported by analyst firms.
In a meeting between Oracle and the analyst community, Mark Hurd led the discussion of Oracle’s most pressing business strategies, which he described as engineered systems, cloud, social, mobile, Customer Experience (CX) and Big Data/Analytics. Here's some musings and analysis of Oracle's progress and where they stand in the competitive market.
CRM Idol offers a classic business lesson in what the most successful emerging growth technology companies do differently than their peers. From CRM Idol founder Paul Greenberg and the primary judges, here are four critical success factors for entrepreneurs and business leaders to keep in mind if they aspire to create the next great technology company.
Greenrope offers an SMB all-in-one CRM, marketing and more solution. The CRM software gets the job done, and the social CRM is compelling, but its the email marketing and marketing automation which give this solution unique capabilities, and help small businesses acquire more customers by using software automation for digital lead acquisition, lead scoring, nurture campaigns and rich analytics.
They're called the 'Change Prevention Committee' — the unorganized or semi-organized forces of resistance that form spontaneously to thwart implementing CRM systems. CRM deployments may run into an informal, but very real, resistance based on the simple fact that it changes the way people do things. This has to be planned for, recognized and dealt with as part of the implementation.
Sage Group delivers three CRM software solutions to a global market. Sage CRM, also called SageCRM.com, and SalesLogix both serve the global small and midsize business market. In this Sage CRM review, we examine the more focused cloud CRM solution, while at the same time pointing out strengths, weaknesses and differences among Sage CRM and SalesLogix.
Managers spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing the wrong data; or at least not the most valuable data that can lead to the most strategic progress. The challenge is to discover which data sets deliver the biggest impact, identify the most telling metrics and display them in a way that makes the information immediately actionable.
Zoho CRM is acquiring customers based on its ease of use, freemium pricing model, low cost and fast deployment. The company is focused on meeting the needs and budget constraints of SMB's, in fact, its name is a play on small office/home office (SOHO) acronym. In this Zoho CRM review, we evaluate the application relative to SMB requirements and the competitive landscape.
In a sea of CRM software products, it takes something truly special to stand out. Converge Enterprise is a new CRM solution that offers an exceptional UX, BPM automation and flexibility that allows SMBs to adapt the software to their business processes, not the other way around. Here's a Convergence CRM review that examines a new up and comer and points out why I think this vendor will make inroads.
2012 was a notable year for the CRM industry, and in many ways outpaced the innovation, change and progress as compared to prior years. In this CRM annual review, we reflect on the biggest events and most accelerated trends in the CRM software industry during 2012, and also consider how social CRM, cloud CRM, CX and the competitive CRM software landscape look to impact future years.
When the difficulty or burden of data entry exceeds perceived benefits, user adoption becomes quickly challenged and the CRM deployment becomes at risk. Here we look at the cause of a classic CRM software failure, and identify concrete steps to ease data entry with simpler, more intuitive and streamlined CRM software forms and transactions.
For too many companies, their CRM system has become a necessary evil—a little-understood, complicated business system that delivers on its promise to share data and improve customer service, but not much more. However, pursuing a few well chosen recommendations can dramatically increase ROI from your CRM software investment.
The CRM software implementation success record is pretty depressing. Studies have shown than anywhere from 20 percent to two-thirds of all CRM software efforts have either failed to meet expectations or failed outright. In this article, Rick identifies three top causes and mitigating measures to keep your CRM software implementation project on track.
Before diving into a series of articles covering enterprise software, CRM software and software as a service (SaaS) in each of the major global regions we thought we'd set the stage by starting with the big picture — and understanding the market sizes for each region in both absolute and relative terms - and try to also tap into the analyst projections for trends and forecasts.
CRM software spending will reach $12 billion in 2012, of which social CRM will consist of $1 billion. "Over the next three years, social CRM (SCRM) will continue its exponential rise, Software-as-a- Service will become routine, Salesforce.com will reshuffle the market order, and consultants and system integrators will sell their own CRM software," advised Gartner's Ed Thompson.
Anthony Lye is responsible for Oracle CRM On Premise and Oracle CRM On Demand, CRM on Demand operations and Oracle's own deployment of CRM. He's a veteran of the CRM software industry and is equal parts strategist and spokesman. Here he explains Oracle's new strategies—including the Oracle Public Cloud, Oracle Social Network and relationship of CRM on Demand and Fusion CRM.
SAP Senior VP and General Manager of Customer Line of Business solutions Anthony Leaper discusses the target market, design approach, go to market execution, frequent iterations and evolvement, and key benefits—which include rapid time to value, a social user experience and most importantly, a design orientation which addresses the specific challenges incurred by the targeted user.
As the General Manager of global product management and marketing for Microsoft CRM, Brad Wilson is responsible for driving awareness, demand and revenue on a worldwide basis. In this conversation, we discuss new releases—including new social CRM—and flush out Microsoft's CRM positioning and several of Dynamics CRM and CRM online competitive advantages.
Paul Greenberg's blog, Social CRM: The Conversation, sets the pace for innovative thinking, writing with clear understanding
and fairly extolling the virtues and vices of many leading CRM and Social CRM platforms and products. If you're new to the CRM industry, and want to accelerate your journey, this blog is your starting point.
Beagle Research blogger Denis Pombriant is a recognized industry visionary who delivers practical forecasts and applies particularly interesting insight to the CRM industry's news and events.
Some other helpful CRM software resources sites include CRMlandmark.com, CRMforecast.com and CRMsoftware360.com.
Customer Relationship Management
CRM systems include sales force automation (SFA), marketing automation and customer support functions—and deliver benefits such as increased sales win rates, improved marketing campaigns and increased customer share. Additional capabilities such as Partner Relationship Management (PRM), sales order processing and CRM analytics often compliment core CRM business systems. Newer advents such as open source CRM software as well as delivery methods such as software as a service (SaaS), sometimes called on-demand CRM, hosted CRM software or just the Cloud, also introduce new opportunities for CRM acquisition, implementation and utilization.