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Xchange Adds To The List Of CRM Point Solutions' Casualties
Xchange's protracted troubles and its recent inglorious demise and subsequent auctioned sellout may prove the fact that the CRM point providers without a clear

list of materials  Adds To The List Of CRM Point Solutions' Casualties Event Summary According to many recent reports in the press, it appears that Xchange, Inc . , once one of the leading marketing automation and analytics providers, has very recently closed down its operations. Xchange was founded by Andy Frawley in 1994 as Exchange Applications Inc. The news possibly comes as not a big surprise to informed market observers and/or to many of the company's customers, as it had at least for over a year been in a very

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