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Zoho’s Surround Strategy

Surround strategy is the antithesis of rip and replace. Rather than replacement, a business can move parts of its workload from some workhorse system, say ERP, to Zoho -- where things like pre-built reports and Zia, an AI-based digital assistant, can help business users interrogate data stored on th...

Two-Thirds of CISOs Admit They’re Not Ready to Face a Cyberattack

The 2021 edition of Proofpoint's Voice of the CISO report -- based on a survey of more than 1,400 CISOs in 14 countries -- found 66 percent of the executives acknowledged their organizations were unprepared to handle a targeted cyberattack this year. In addition, more than half the CISOs admitted th...

Implementing Iterative ROI

In the old days you could identify weak spots in your business and purchase software systems designed to eliminate or at least to significantly reduce those liabilities. Performing an ROI analysis usually consisted of two parts: a before study to determine the business' steady state; and a post impl...

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Revving Up for CRM in 2021

This might be a big year for CRM. I say might because I am not clairvoyant, and humility is on the resolutions list. CRM has gone through five 5-year cycles during the past few decades. That trend feels as old as SaaS at this point, and I think we're going to embark on a new cycle that will take rou...

Meal Kit Services Package Convenience With Sustainability

With people balancing work and home life, and often trying to avoid in-person shopping, the convenience and safety of meal kit deliveries are an increasingly appealing option for many consumers. The E-Commerce Times caught up with experts in food sales, packaging, and e-commerce to get their viewpoi...

Automated CX Strategies to Revitalize Customer Relations

If the ongoing struggles amid the pandemic have taught retailers anything, it is the need to automate their customer service experience. Customer experience automation is making the difference between hanging on until closing down and ensuring more returning customers.

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The Trail to the Platform

Some years ago, Marc Benioff told me he was not interested in developing back office apps that would compete with SAP and Oracle in the ERP and finance market. Many people, myself included, looked askance at that idea and wondered out loud how the company would continue to grow because, hey, there's...

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Website Development Contracts, Part 3: Important Cloud and SLA Considerations

The cloud is an essential component of all e-commerce sites. Not all clouds, however, are created equal. The key thing here is reliability. Making sure that the cloud service and Service Level Agreement (SLA) are right for your business may not be clear before you enter into a website development co...

Report: Shortages Threaten Electronics Supply Chain

COVID-19's rampage is causing the electronics industry worldwide to suffer supply chain setbacks. Product innovation remains incredibly important in today's new normal, but more than half of electronics industry product launches have been delayed or canceled due to the pandemic, suggests a new study...

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The New App Dev CRM Model

CRM is an industry that's been full of turning points, and I think it is at another. There have been many smaller turns, like the additions of analytics, social media and process flows. However, to get a sense of this point in time, I think you have to go all the way back to the turn of the century ...

EXPERT ADVICE

How CPQ Can Drive Manufacturing Sales

In manufacturing, margins are everything. If you're like most manufacturers, your business operates on such tight margins that even a small change in the price list can have an enormous impact on your bottom line. So what happens if your sales team inadvertently uses an old price list and the cost o...

EXPERT ADVICE

Automation: Helping SMBs Cut the Gordian Knot of Transaction Tax

Finance and accounting technology became the No. 1 software budgeting priority for small and mid-sized businesses, according to a survey conducted last year. Almost 54 percent of respondents were budgeting to invest in accounting tools in the next 12 to 24 months, with those in the retail industry s...

The New Era of E-Commerce Personalization

A personalized shopping experience gives e-commerce sites an edge, and businesses have been seeking new ways to make their customers feel welcome. "Every business should make their customers feel like they are the most important customer in the world," said Rob Maille, head of strategy and customer ...

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Omnichannel Retail: Big Data Is Nice, Fast Data Is Necessary

Any retailer that wants to be competitive knows it must offer a seamless omnichannel experience to its customers. However, many retailers aren't aware that the key to powering that customer experience is IT system performance. Why? Omnichannel retailers must process, analyze and use huge amounts of ...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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