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MAPICS Clings To Its Customers' Loyalty
While the existing loyal client base remains MAPICS’ greatest trump for retaining its solid financial position, the company will have to figure out how to be

crm selections guides  Spices Up North American CRM Fray ). Nevertheless, the fact that the license revenue in 2000 was less than those in 1999 and 1998, when MAPICS only had the single, outdated product, indicates the company faces difficulties. The management of dual flagship product lines remains awkward for MAPICS and its affiliate channel. While we believe winning the new accounts will continue to be a tall order, the existing loyal client base is the company's greatest strength and asset, and the company will need to

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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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