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How to Measure Customer Satisfaction
Organizations often rely on surveys and questionnaires to determine customer satisfaction ratings, but such methods merely offer a perceived customer rating

customer order lines  the customer. Whenever the customer has to pay more than the purchase order value, the customer is dissatisfied. Needless to say, the customer is certainly pleased when the vendor charges less money than the amount specified on the purchase order. To compute the price rating (PR), use the price agreed to (before taxes) on the original purchase order and the final amount billed. Here is the formula for computing customer satisfaction in this area: PR = (actual amount billed – price on the purchase

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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Throughout this guide, we consider CRM to be more than a set of tools and solutions that companies use to facilitate their interactions with customers. A complete CRM implementation includes strategies and best practices that companies define and apply in order to attract and retain customers.


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CRM innovations can be classified into four major categories: cloud computing, mobile, social, and extended functionality. Each category uses different technologies to address the needs of customer-focused companies and respond to changes in customer behavior. Many vendors innovate in two or more of these categories; others focus on one category (e.g., some traditional CRM vendors do not yet offer a cloud-computing delivery model or social functionality, but they have created strong mobile versions of their solutions).

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