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Maximizer CRM 12: CRM Certification Report
Maximizer CRM 12 is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of customer relationship management (CRM) solutions in the CRM Evaluation Center. The certification

screenshots of oracle 11i crm  CRM 12: CRM Certification Report Maximizer CRM 12 is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of customer relationship management (CRM) solutions in the CRM Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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