For companies that have decided to take their customer service and marketing to the next level by purchasing a CRM solution, the decision process has only just begun. Then there is the next big question: Hosted or on-site CRM? Well--implementing an on-premise CRM tool is a solid decision for companies looking:
When choosing an on-site CRM solution you need to choose one with the right features, the right service and support and one that works with your existing programs and platforms.
With every on-site CRM solution the features will vary slightly. Some CRMs will be catered towards call centers, other designed for marketing departments, and still more designed for sales. When choosing a CRM solution consider the following factors and which ones are critical to improving your business's business intelligence:
Support for global companies that need multiple currencies and languages.
Each CRM solution is unique and runs on different platforms. When choosing a solution, pick on that runs on your existing platform, whether it be Windows, Linux, Apache, IIS, MySQL Server, .NET Framework, etc.
Possible the most important issue when choosing your on-site CRM solution is the service offered by the company. Since you are choosing to implement and maintain the solution yourself, instead of going with a hosted solution, you will need to be able to contact the CRM maker when problems occur. Look for companies with a solid track record of customer service issue management, incident reporting, issue escalation procedures, good response times, multiple points of contact (email, phone, web-based chat), online searchable knowledge base, call center support, and online status checking for inquiries.
Customer Relationship (CRM) software has become one of the most important business tools in today’s world. By allowing you to better connect with new and existing customers, CRM is an indispensable tool for sales teams and customer service teams alike. But with so many choices available, it can be difficult to decide on a solution. more