Customer relationship management (CRM) is software that helps manage a company’s interaction with their customers and prospective customers. The software stores the relationship history and provides a set of sales tools to help acquire and retain customers in order to drive sales growth. Salesforce is a leader in the CRM space and is widely adopted by enterprises around the globe.
Salesforce® (or SFDC) is an on-demand tool that lets you collaborate on the go and get instant access to your customer records (or accounts, opportunities, cases etc.). Salesforce® is a hosted CRM — also known as online CRM or web-based CRM — and is offered as a subscription. You pay to use this software as a service (SaaS) and access your CRM applications online, making it cost-effective, easy to use, and quick to deploy.
As a worldwide leader in cloud services, more companies trust their vital customer and sales data to Salesforce® than to any other CRM company. Salesforce was founded in 1999 by former Oracle executive Marc Benioff who pioneered the concept of delivering enterprise applications via a simple website.
We often hear, "yes, but what is Salesforce?" To answer, we use a diagram to show how Salesforce® helps businesses effectively communicate with new and existing clients. We track a typical path through Salesforce® after a prospective customer has shown an interest in your product or service.
If you are thinking that your process is different, Salesforce® has this covered with the ability to create custom objects specific to your business. Relationships can be created with other customer objects or existing standard entities. Salesforce is highly configurable.
Salesforce® has highly configurable reporting across data entered into the system. Report results can be displayed visually in a dashboard using a range of informative charts and tables.
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Compared to other CRM tools the benefits of Salesforce® are:
Unparalleled time to value: Salesforce® reduces the implementation risk by eliminating up-front capital investment making the path to CRM success exceptionally short.
Less expensive initially: A multitenant, on-demand solution has no hardware to purchase, scale, and maintain, no operating systems, database servers, or application servers to install, no consultants and staff to manage, and no need for periodic upgrades.
Easy upgrades: Customers of on-demand applications benefit from instant deployment of new versions, which means the entire customer base always has the latest version. Since customizations and integrations are maintained through upgrades, change management discussions can focus on taking immediate advantage of the new features and innovations available with each release.
Better service delivery: Due to the tremendous economies of scale Salesforce can provide higher service levels than the vast majority of companies can achieve on their own. Salesforce uses the best technologies, policies, and procedures to ensure security at the facilities, application, and network level; to ensure maximum uptime and continuous availability, and to provide an impressive performance record.
Better scalability: Successful businesses are continually changing and growing: Employee growth, transaction growth, the launching of new products and services, mergers and acquisitions, or any number of business events can dramatically and suddenly alter business needs.
Easier to customize: Users of on-premise solutions have to wait weeks for even minor modifications, and in some cases their requests are never met at all. Salesforce® was designed to allow basic customizations to the user interface and data objects in minutes, without programming. Without the burden of fulfilling constant requests for minor customizations, the IT team can concentrate on more advanced customizations, such as associating specific behavior with objects that can be triggered by a wide range of system events.
Users are more satisfied and productive: A major reason on-premise deployments often fail is because of low user adoption — data that’s cluttered or difficult to get to quickly results in user resistance. An award-winning, easy-to-use interface has the highest user adoption rates in the industry.
Easier for administrators: Administrators can tailor processes and define how data is viewed for different departments and work groups, while ensuring users can access data for which they are authorized.
Nurturing true value and innovation: The on-demand model frees developers to focus on developing solutions that deliver real business value. Salesforce® supports developers with a host of on-demand development tools. The Force.com community has grown rapidly, resulting in thousands of innovative solutions available to customers via the AppExchange, the popular marketplace for pre-integrated, on-demand applications.
Their are several ways to try out Salesforce® so please call and let us walk you through the process.
The FuseIT team are passionate about Salesforce® and seeing the positive impact it brings to the profitability of businesses that use it. We consider it a privilege to collaborate with customers, learn about their systems, and apply our knowledge to streamline their business processes.
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