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Sales Force Automation Buyer’s Guide
No matter how effective your sales staff is, there’s always room to boost efficiency and increase sales. But how you go about doing so may be a point of

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Sales Force Automation (SFA)

Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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e-Procurement Is Not Electronic Purchasing


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Varicent Sales Performance Management


Varicent SPM aligns sales performance with strategic objectives through pay-for-performance. It encompasses territory management, quota planning, incentive compensation management, and performance analytics. SPM spans across sales, employees, managers, and channels. Varicent SPM delivers technology that automates the assignment of territories, the collection and approval of quotas, and the administration and calculation of incentive compensation plans. It also examines sales performance and evaluates the effectiveness of incentive programs.  

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Data Center Automation


With the increasing complexity of the data center and its dependent systems, data center automation (DCA) is becoming a necessity. To replace the costly and inefficient human aspect of managing the data center, IT departments must adopt DCA solutions. Combined with utility-based computing architectures, these solutions can provide greater dynamics in the environment and facilitate speed of response to market demands.

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The Impact of CRM and Sales Process: Monetizing the Value of Sales Effectiveness


To work through all the issues necessary to improve sales performance, executives have a number of options for leveraging people and knowledge. However, an area that shows significant potential for helping sales teams meet or exceed their goals is the effective alignment of sales process and technology. Executives looking to optimize performance should consider this approach to achieve their goals.

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Got CRM? Why You Need Marketing Automation, Too


When you create a campaign in your marketing automation system, it should map back to your customer relationship management (CRM) so that you can tie closed deals back to the campaigns that created them. This closed-loop reporting capability allows you to measure your ROI and make data-driven marketing decisions. Learn how the systems complement each other, and why you need both.

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Sharpen Your Sales Axe: 10 Ways to Hone Your Prospecting Chops


While luck might occasionally play a part in sales success, prep and research are much more likely to help you meet sales quotas. The silver bullet for sales success is, as it turns out, plain old hard work.

Another factor is kaizen, the Japanese philosophy around continuous improvement of working practices. It’s a good concept to keep in mind for sales: the more you refine your approach, the more successful you’ll be.

Luckily for sales professionals, prep and research have become faster and easier, thanks to tools like professional social networks and sales engagement platforms. These tools, combined with a methodical approach to raising your profile among prospects and gathering information that helps make a sale, can streamline the process of selling.

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Evolution to Revolution: The Test Automation Maturity Curve


The evolution of test automation towards data-driven and key/action word frameworks reflects the realization that the process becomes more efficient if there is less code to develop and maintain. Instead of taking twenty years to evolve towards efficiency, you can take a revolutionary leap with a code-free approach that makes it easier to implement, manage, and maintain automated tests.

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10 Steps to Better Software Test Automation


Maybe you’re considering software test tools for the first time. Or maybe you have experience but think your existing software test automation process needs retooling. Whatever your perspective, there are tips and tricks you may not know about test design and development. These 10 steps to building software test automation can help you shorten your time to market, improve the quality of your products, and save you money.

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Marketing Automation: Coming of Age Slowly


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Sales Tax and the Supply Chain: Avoiding Audit in High-Risk Areas


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