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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Sword Ciboodle-One More BPM-Centric CRM Provider
What does BPM have to do with CRM? Sword Ciboodle can tell you. The vendor delivers process-based customer interaction solutions to contact centers to improve

bpm magazine  Dynamics CRM. On the BPM or CRM side, its larger competitors are Pegasystems, KANA Software, and Consona CRM, with broader suites and better name recognitions. The vendor would benefit from pursuing deeper strategic CRM application partnerships to round out product offerings in terms of sales force automation (SFA), marketing automation, mobile CRM, and social CRM. Some partnering alleys could be Infor Epiphany CRM , SugarCRM , and Sage CRM . While Sword Ciboodle provides multi-channel support, the soluti

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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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Business Process Management (BPM)

Business process management (BPM) defines, enables, and manages the exchange of enterprise information through the semantics of a business process view, which involves employees, customers, partners, applications, and databases.  

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