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Made2Manage Affirms Its Technological Astuteness Part 2: Strategy
During the last few years, Made2Manage has evolved from a vendor of traditional MRP/ERP software to a provider of ‘one-stop-shop’ enterprise business

mrp vs crm  a vendor of traditional MRP/ERP software to a provider of one-stop-shop' enterprise business applications. The company has, gradually, mostly by developing internally, and partly through acquisitions or partnerships, garnered a line of integrated collaborative e-business, customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence (BI), and advanced planning and scheduling (APS) components within its core ERP solution. In other words, the Made2Manage Enterprise Business System now offers a broadly

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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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