Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

CRM systems leverage technology to organize and synchronize marketing, sales, customer service, and technical support processes, helping organizations reduce costs and improve efficiency. Forrester provides advice on how to plan, justify, evaluate, implement, and improve areas like sales force automation and sales effectiveness, customer service and support, customer self-service and assisted service, and multichannel management. Research coverage includes CRM architecture, strategy, deployment, and services.

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  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:CRM And Marketing Automation: Better Together

    Lead-To-Revenue Management Requires More Power Than Customer Relationship Management Offers

    Application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals who support marketing have traditionally leveraged CRM solutions to identify prospective customers and manage active deals. But buyers use an...

    • Downloads: 146
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Brief: Choose The Right Service Desk Sourcing Strategy

    Select From One Of Four Profiles To Make Your Decision

    The service desk is a key point of interaction between the technology management team and the business workforce that uses the technology and tech services. It is an important source of data about...

    • Downloads: 47
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Salesforce Services Partners

    Market Shakeout Changes The Provider Landscape

    Salesforce continues to grow at impressive rates, now boasting more than 140,000 customers and a wide solutions footprint spanning customer resource management (CRM), IT service management (ITSM),...

    • Downloads: 95
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Beyond Surveys: New Tools For More Effective CX Measurement

    Structured surveys are the mainstay of customer experience (CX) measurement programs. Despite their advantages, surveys fall short in ways that can leave gaps in the insight that CX professionals...

    • Downloads: 269
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Digital Insights Are The New Currency Of Business

    Build Systems Of Insight To Consistently Turn Big Data Into Business Action

    Businesses are drowning in data but starving for insights. Worse, they have no systematic way to consistently turn data into action. This can't continue. Demanding customers and competitive pressures...

    • Downloads: 372
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:How To Measure And Improve The Contact Center Agent Experience

    Contact center agents can have a huge impact on customer experience. Unhappy contact center agents equal unhappy customers. It's that simple. What is less straightforward is how application...

    • Downloads: 88
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Salesforce Is Bidding To Be Your Strategic Customer Platform; Should You Accept?

    Salesforce's Reach Toward $20 Billion Will Force CIOs To Decide How Much Salesforce Is Too Much

    As Salesforce seeks to achieve its goal of being the first cloud vendor with $10 billion in revenues and its aspiration to reach $20 billion, understanding its strategy for achieving those targets...

    • Downloads: 208
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Contact Centers Must Go Digital Or Die

    Rework Your Contact Center Technology And Staffing Models To Align With Customer Channel Preferences

    Consumer preference for customer service channels is changing across all ages and demographics. Adoption of digital customer service channels, with an emphasis on self-service channels such as web...

    • Downloads: 372
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Implement Effective Customer Service Metrics

    Benchmarks: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    Customer service managers can easily become distracted by the sheer volume of metrics available for tracking operational activities and fail to deliver on key business goals. To keep customer service...

    • Downloads: 1282
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Brief: How Customer Data Elevates Experiences

    Companies now have access to an abundance of customer data. At the same time, customer attitudes regarding the use of customer data are shifting. Today's customers expect companies to make use of...

    • Downloads: 309
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: CRM Suites For Large Organizations, Q1 2015

    Salesforce, SAP, Oracle, And Microsoft Lead A Mature Field Of Vendors

    In this Forrester Wave evaluation of customer relationship management (CRM) suites for enterprise organizations, we identified the nine most significant CRM suites solutions — Infor CRM...

    • Downloads: 357
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: CRM Suites For Midsize Organizations, Q1 2015

    Salesforce And Microsoft Lead A Mature Field Of Vendors

    In this Forrester Wave evaluation of customer relationship management (CRM) suites for midsize organizations, we identified the 10 most significant CRM suites solutions — Aptean Pivotal CRM,...

    • Downloads: 258
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:What's New With Customer Feedback Management Vendors

    A CX Pro's Guide To The Evolved CFM Vendor Landscape

    In the past year, the already-dynamic customer feedback management (CFM) market has further evolved, requiring customer experience (CX) professionals to navigate a changed vendor landscape. This...

    • Downloads: 207
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Fast-Forward CRM Capabilities Best Practices Self-Assessment

    Forrester’s best practices framework for CRM defines the critical capabilities necessary for building high-quality customer relationships. The framework distills findings from our interviews...

    • Downloads: 222
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:You Can't Personalize Digital Experiences Without Predictive

    Predictive Analytics Solutions Are The Personalization Engine That Digital Experience Platforms Lack

    Digital experience delivery vendors have generally fallen short in their use of predictive analytics to contextualize digital customer experiences. Many of these vendors offer simple, rules-based...

    • Downloads: 255
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: Ten Trends Will Reshape Customer Communications Management

    Enterprise architects face unprecedented pressure from the business to secure technology to help reduce print costs, prepare for mobile payment growth, and revise language used in customer...

    • Downloads: 162
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Customer-Activated Communication And Collaboration Will Support The BT Agenda

    A New Class Of Applications Emerges That Will Transform Core Processes

    Listening and responding to the voice of the customer (VoC) is rapidly becoming an imperative. Marketing often gets the listening ball rolling, but real transformation integrates systems to capture...

    • Downloads: 111
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Trends 2015: The Future Of Customer Service

    Vision: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    In the age of the customer, executives don't decide how customer-centric their companies are — customers do. Changes such as the explosion of digital communications, mobility, and insights...

    • Downloads: 3628
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Are You Using Data To Win? Discover Your Data Management Maturity

    Benchmarks: The Data Management Playbook

    Enterprise architects need to marshal resources to meet the business requirement for fast, accurate data delivery and, at the same time, modernize the platform from the outside in. Forrester...

    • Downloads: 339
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Top Security And Risk Priorities For The Business Technology Agenda

    Fail To Preserve Customer Trust And Watch Your Firm's Competitive Strengths And Revenue Disappear

    Digital businesses cannot succeed in today's competitive environment if they don't protect their customers from cybercriminals and fraudsters, safeguard their firm's intellectual property from...

    • Downloads: 236
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Behavioral Analytics Can Optimize Matching Contact Center Agents With Consumers

    Predictive Analytics Can Help Enterprises Better Match Customers To Agents To Grow Revenue, Reduce Costs, And Improve Satisfaction

    Part of the promise of online dating services like eHarmony and Match.com is their ability to use software analytics of personality profiles to increase the successful outcome of connecting two...

    • Downloads: 146
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™ For AD&D Pros: Contact Center Solutions For Customer Service, Q1 2015

    Landscape: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    Across all industries, organizations have made cementing customer relationships through improved customer engagement, loyalty, and experience a top priority. To achieve this goal, however, these...

    • Downloads: 184
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Take Social Customer Service Beyond Your Own Walled Garden

    The modern consumer uses social media to communicate with family, friends, as well as companies. In response, companies have increased their investment in social media as a customer support channel....

    • Downloads: 87
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Fix The Data Problems That Destroy Your Customer Effectiveness

    Marketing, sales, and customer service professionals consider customer relationship management (CRM) applications the single source of truth about a customer. However, poor quality customer...

    • Downloads: 178
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Moment-Of-Truth Best Practices In Retail And CPG

    Application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals have heard how mobile moments transform customer experience and how micro moments — critical windows of opportunity — are the...

    • Downloads: 162