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When ERP and CRM Connect in the Cloud
In early 2011 Plex Systems announced that it has integrated its software-as-a-service (SaaS) enterprise resource planning (ERP) product with salesforce.com’s

crm online team blog  our industry focus. The CRM capabilities within Plex Online were designed to meet the requirements of companies in automotive and general industrial manufacturing: repetitive and discrete manufacturers who don't take in a lot of new orders within a year, but for whom each order can be a substantial portion of their revenues. To that end, Plex Online includes tools for contact management, opportunity and quote tracking, order tracking, price configuration, and other common CRM processes. But, many of the

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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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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