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Convert Data Into Insight -Oracle BI Cloud Services

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Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service gives an easy, affordable analytics in the cloud—so you can convert data into insight as fast as you can click.

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Start Instantly—Start your analysis instantly—upload your own files, drag and drop to build the report/dashboard. Easy search, dynamic navigation, and contextual analytics will help guide you through your data, so you spend your time applying your expertise, not configuring charts.

Automatic Best Visualizations—Automatic visualizations help reveal new patterns, show what’s in the data. Oracle BI Cloud has a rich gallery of charts that helps to create dynamic, interactive dashboards & reports that are both highly informative and visually appealing, you can drag and drop from a rich charting library to create compelling dashboards and reports.

Dig Deeper—Sometimes you have an idea about what you’ll find in your data—and sometimes you don’t. Through Oracle BI Cloud easily combine data from multiple sources, discover new insights, and take analysis to the next level with advanced and predictive analytics.

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Go Mobile & Share—All the analytics are automatically available anytime, anywhere, on any device, so it’s quick and easy to share insights and drive collaboration.

Ease of Use—Fast, flexible analytics in the cloud empowers to get the greatest benefit from data when it matters most & whenever it is needed. You will be able to dive in and explore, drag & drop to see what combinations of attributes reveal new insights from data for you. It also offers the ability to use advanced analytics and predictive modeling, to understand the past trends & take that insight to the next level to prevent it from happening in the future.

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Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Field Service for Customer Experience Excellence

Field Service ManagementLeveraging Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Field Service to provide world class Customer Experience

You are an Organization that sells and services A/C units to various Consumers, what are the typical Complaints you face

  • I’ve purchased the A/C and waiting for over two days for it to be installed
  • Don’t buy this product, the service is pathetic, I would give a thumb down for this product (Social Media Post)
  • My warranty requires you to come and service me regularly, why is it not yet done?
  • Your engineer came to my home and told me that he would need to replace this part for which stock is not available and would need to wait for another 2 days, what the hell? It’s freaking hot here….

And More….More…..

Customers can raise an installation request/ complaint from multiple channels and there is a need for your back office staff to either respond to the request or assign it to a field service engineer to go to the Customer’s premises and cater to the installation request/ complaint

There are many products in the market that do this in silos, a Contact center solution to take complaints and a field service system to take care of the fulfillment process. While you can build connectors to these two systems, there is a need for a real-time data without any interruption to daily work.

There is a question that comes in mind, is there a single framework that can perform all these operations?

Well, the answer is Service Cloud portfolio of Oracle which has Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Field Service tightly integrated within a single unified framework to provide the right Customer Experience.

How does it works? Let me explain with an example

Tim (The Customer) goes to a retail store and picks up your companies A/C unit, the Order information and would then be notified as an installation request in Oracle Service Cloud along with Tim’s contact details, Amy (Back office agent) would then go and look at the installation request, contact Tim and check his availability for sending an engineer to install the A/C unit, Tim would provide the timing, based on which Amy would input the information in Oracle Service Cloud. Oracle Field Service would take this information and consider certain parameters such as nature of service, area, the location of the Customer and availability of the resources, display a schedule to Amy. Amy would check the availability based on the timing suggested by Tim and see that Mark (Service Engineer) is the person available and confirm to Tim that a Service Engineer named Mark would come and install the A/C unit. Once the call is disconnected, an email and SMS notification would go to Tim with the confirmation request and details of Mark. The installation request is then assigned to Mark.

Mark is on the field and would use the Oracle Field Service mobile application to view the details and checks the location details that come on map, Field Service tracker would also display him the shortest route to the location, he goes and installs the A/C unit for Tim and updates the installation request. Tim then gets a confirmation message based on which the request is closed and a feedback survey is sent to Tim from Oracle Service cloud, Tim provides the feedback and based on the feedback Oracle Service Cloud has got in-built intelligence to identify as to whether the Customer is happy or not.

Is it all, no, A/C is more about continuous servicing, Tim has a warranty with your Company and creating and maintaining the preventive maintenance schedule in your system is very critical. Oracle Field Service allows you to maintain the preventive maintenance for the products; the schedules would automatically create work orders in Oracle Service Cloud. This would help the back office agent to view the details and arrange a service visit for the field engineers using Oracle field Service.

If there are any spare parts to be replaced at any given time frame, those details also can be recorded using Oracle Field Service and tagged along with your preventive maintenance schedule.

In a nutshell, Oracle Service Cloud provides cross-channel customer experience where the communication can happen from multiple channels and Oracle field service would help in the field service engineers coming and fulfilling your Customer’s needs based on a defined set of SLAs. Together, a world class Customer Experience is delivered.

About CRMIT Solutions:

CRMIT Solutions is a leader in transforming businesses with cloud based Customer Experience (CX) solutions on sales, service, marketing & social cloud.

Specialized Partner for Oracle Service CloudCRMIT Solutions has achieved Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialization for Oracle Service Cloud – Oracle Recognizes CRMIT for Expertise in Implementing Innovative and Value-Added Solutions to Oracle Service Cloud for a unified cross-channel (web, social and contact center) service solution that matter most in the customer’s journey.

CRMIT Solutions is committed to provide customers with the best service in the industry. Everything we do – every order, every delivery, every service, every offering – centers on the satisfaction of our customers, and making them more efficient at what they do.

Testimony to Customer Excellence

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CRMIT Solutions

 

 


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Customer Service using Customer Journey Mapping

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Customer Service and Beyond

Customer Service goes well beyond just after sales.  It’s about directly, as well as indirectly, servicing the customer as they progress through the various stages.

One of the frameworks available for us to map these various direct and indirect touch points and then plan for delivering an effective Customer Service is Customer Journey Maps. A Customer Journey Map (CJM) looks at mapping out the total customer experience across all touchpoints between the customer and your organization, right from initial contact, through purchasing, after sales support, and hopefully onto renewal / repurchase.

Unlike traditional marketing funnels which are linear in nature, CJM’s are not. A customer can jump from one phase to another, based on a number of factors. They will interact with some touch-points and miss others entirely.  It is important to understand the different moments of impact a customer could have when engaging with your brand and products, and then set those customers up to succeed through education, communication, and discovery

Benefits  using Customer Journey Map 

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Steer your product roadmaps through the insights you receive when you understand how your customers explore your products and where they get hung up

Prioritize your business goals to align with what where your Customers are facing maximum friction. Decide whether its Marketing or Customer Service you need to focus on.

Once you know the main points of Customer friction have prioritized the projects that will have the greatest impact, you can hire and expand teams accordingly

Help bring different teams together for a common goal: the customer experience. Everyone team should be well-versed on what your customer is asking, what they need, how they feel at different points of the journey

 


Step by Step Approach: Customer Journey Mapping

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For further details on Customer Journey Mapping feel free to reach out to us at sales@crmit.com

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Sales Performance Management & FieldSalesPro: Maximizing Sales Team Performance

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Companies around the world are focused on maximizing sales team performance and execution, yet most struggle to achieve the outcomes necessary to face today’s business challenges.

Oracle Sales Performance Management (SPM) helps to create more performant sales organizations with balanced territory planning, informed quota allocations and better incentive management.

With SPM, Sales organizations also need right tools and strategies that help optimize the selling process and allow sales reps spend more time selling.

According to CSO Insights, most of the times sales reps miss their targets because they spend less time selling (only 41%) and more time on customer research, creating collateral and entering data into their CRMs manually.

FieldSalesPro is a sales productivity tool which allows sales reps spend more time doing what they really want to do: close deals.
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Role Play: Account Manager

Kevin is an Account Manager at Interface which is the world’s largest designer and maker of carpet tile.

He is on a planned sales visit to meet ‘Jeff’ who is a purchasing consultant (better role?) at Starwood Group of hotels.

Before the meeting, Kevin uses FieldSalesPro to plan customer journey.

Product Portfolio:

Kevin initiates FieldSalesPro and navigates to products section to review the products portfolio built by marketing for hospitality sector. He reviews featured products for this sector, their design, sizes, colours and Gallery with installation photos and hospitality customer references.

Kevin favourites few products for his meeting.

Customer Intelligence:

Kevin navigates to Customers section on FieldSalesPro and verifies if Starwood Group is already available. Finding that the Account is not yet added to FieldSalesPro, he searches and synchronizes Account and contacts information from CRM.

Kevin uses the “CRM Intelligence” and “Social Hub” features on FieldSalesPro to understand

CRM Intelligence – Latest Customer and Contact profile updates (fed by DaaS into CRM), Previous Opportunities, Current Opportunities, Active Contacts, Last Interaction, Planned Activities etc.

Social Hub – latest social media activity of customer organization and contacts.

Documents:

Kevin navigates to “Documents” section on FieldSalesPro for a sample sales script for the hospitality sector and reviews other collateral useful for his meeting.

Meetings:

Kevin navigates to Meetings section on FieldSalesPro and starts putting together meeting details like the subject, date, time, Customer, Attendees, products to promote, script to use and other useful collateral for the meeting.

<<Ahmed: does this sound too manual?>>

Role Play: Sales Manager & Account Manager

Jay is a sales manager at Interface and Kevin reports to him.

Kevin and Jay are having a Sales performance review meeting for their region. They use Oracle Sales Cloud SPM to review their Territory, Sales Quota, Closed revenue, Current Forecast and Pipeline.

Kevin and Jay believe winning a deal with Starwood Group of hotels is critical for achieving their remaining Quota.

On Oracle Sales Cloud, Jay reviews the featured hospitality products and their lead time to sell.

Jay reviews the meeting details with Starwood Group of hotels and proposes couple of changes to the list of products to promote and changes to the sales script. Jay adds himself to the list of attendees for this meeting.

Role Play: Account Manager

Kevin makes the changes proposed by Jay and uses FieldSalesPro to send the meeting invite to meeting attendees.

On the day of the meeting, before seeing Jeff, both Kevin and Jay review the planned customer journey. They are confident that they have all ingredients to close this deal.

Kevin & Jay meet Jeff, Jeff requests one of his team members ‘Catie’ to join the meeting.

Kevin adds Catie to the meeting, quickly reviews her social hub activity.

Kevin starts the meeting on FieldSalesPro.

Kevin shows the featured products for this sector, their design, sizes, colors and Gallery with installation photos and hospitality customer references.

Jeff and Catie favorite few styles for each installation and ask for a quick price.

Kevin uses the Quick price lookup feature on FieldSalesPro and shares the price points for selected styles.

Jeff and Catie request for samples and a Quote.

Kevin initiates following CRM processes from FieldSalesPro

  1. He creates an opportunity towards this deal
  2. He initiates sample requests for selected styles
  3. He initiates a quote request

Kevin and Jay thank Jeff and Catie for the opportunity and conclude the meeting.

FSP generates a meeting summary with key meeting information, attendees, products reviewed, products selected and actions taken and sends an email to all attendees with meeting summary attached. FSP creates an activity in CRM and store the meeting summary.

Confident about winning this deal, Kevin adds Starwood Group of Hotels opportunity to his forecast.

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About CRMIT Solutions:

CRMIT Solutions is a leader in transforming businesses with cloud based Customer Experience (CX) solutions on sales, service, marketing & social cloud.

oracle_specialized_sales_cloudCRMIT Solutions has achieved OPN Specialized status for Oracle Sales Cloud –Oracle Recognizes CRMIT Solutions for Expertise in Implementing Oracle Sales Cloud. CRMIT Solutions Offers A Host of Solutions on Oracle Sales Cloud, Including Consulting, Sales Planning, Social Sales, Customer Data Enrichment, Field Sales Automation, User Adoption, Training, Health Checks and Testing.

CRMIT Solutions deliver a Fixed Scope Implementation offering for Oracle Sales Cloud to fast track sales productivity. Fixed Scope Offering leverages Oracle best practices and agile approach for fast track implementation of Oracle Sales Cloud – Go Live in less than 4 weeks. It drives sales productivity through higher win rates, forecast accuracy, and lead conversion.

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C.A.Mohammed
Consulting – CX/CRM Industry Solutions
CRMIT Solutions


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Incentive Compensation in Retail Industry

incentive_compensationThe retail landscape is increasingly dominated by stores. But the headlong rise of e-commerce has put extreme pressure on retailers to become more efficient, and to justify their bricks and mortar existence to customers. Retailers are recognizing that traditional retail needs to be retooled and their key differentiator could be that employee standing in the store.

Employee motivation is probably the most important single manageable factor for success and profitability of all the facets of store retailing. There are almost as many effective ways of motivating employees as there are ways of enticing customers into a store but money is generally the greatest motivator of all.

Retailers offer incentive compensation plans to promote employee motivation. These plans are tailored to the unique situation of each store.

Some of the factors used by retailers while building a compensation plan for a store are

  • Y-O-Y growth ($$$)
  • Y-O-Y growth percentage (%)
  • Achievement against target ($$$ – A grid of growth $ against various bonus %)
  • Achievement against target (% – A grid of growth % against various bonus %)
  • Inflation
  • Seasonality
  • Store factors (Age of the Store, Store Hierarchy, Geography)
  • Non comparability against last year performance (New Store, Store Expansion, Store Relocation, Cannibalization against new store)
  • Employee role, grade/band, salary etc.

While measuring achievement, Targets are usually the store turnover or the profitability or a combination of both. It is better if the plans are simple. However, simplicity itself cannot be given excessive consideration since it is necessary to cover every major measurable factor.

The master data required to build and roll up compensation plans is either defined at the Incentive compensation platform or flows to the platform from upstream systems along with achievement (turnover, profitability) details.

Master data is typically validated by financial controllers and relevant entities before getting fed for compensation consideration.

Incentive compensation platforms help in performing calculations using set of complex rules and the final rates and amounts are dispatched to payroll department for validation before they are broadcasted to the stores.

Store employees access these details through employee portals or other methods setup for them.

Compensation platform facilitates regular reviews of performance against compensation plans to stimulate store level efforts. Data is archived to facilitate audit.

The installation of an effective incentive plan is the foundation of a successful motivational compensation program. To optimize results retailers should regularly nourish and promote the program and a regular review would make sure it is still working to expectations.

About CRMIT Solutions:

CRMIT Solutions is a leader in transforming businesses with cloud based Customer Experience (CX) solutions on sales, service, marketing & social cloud.

oracle_specialized_sales_cloudCRMIT Solutions has achieved OPN Specialized status for Oracle Sales Cloud –Oracle Recognizes CRMIT Solutions for Expertise in Implementing Oracle Sales Cloud. CRMIT Solutions Offers A Host of Solutions on Oracle Sales Cloud, Including Consulting, Sales Planning, Social Sales, Customer Data Enrichment, Field Sales Automation, User Adoption, Training, Health Checks and Testing.

CRMIT Solutions deliver a Fixed Scope Implementation offering for Oracle Sales Cloud to fast track sales productivity. Fixed Scope Offering leverages Oracle best practices and agile approach for fast track implementation of Oracle Sales Cloud – Go Live in less than 4 weeks. It drives sales productivity through higher win rates, forecast accuracy, and lead conversion.

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C.A.Mohammed
Consulting – CX/CRM Industry Solutions
CRMIT Solutions

 


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Quote Management – Quote Simple. Quote Smart

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Shouldn’t Quote management be a part of the CRM solution itself? This is a classic question we hear from our customers very often. They are really puzzled when we tell them that an opportunity, to some extent, is the CRM’s final touch point. Once an opportunity is won, it is assumed that it gets converted to an order in another back-end system and then it is processed. But there’s something between these two, which is the quote process.

Agreed! Not all businesses use quotes, but at the same time a considerable number of businesses do use quote management and they wonder – between an opportunity and an order, shouldn’t there be a quote step? This is very important for them because this is one of the key sales tools that is being used very often.

You are in front of the customer, sitting across the table, discussing something and expressing interest in certain aspects and then the expression is converted into a soft interest by creating a quote. It then becomes a hard interest when you convert it into an order at a later point of time. But the soft interest phase is something which is very interesting. From the first point in which you create a quote with some indistinct details – with some numbers and dates and other parameters, it becomes a conversation starting point and later becomes a running document. As a result, multiple versions of it get created, prices change, the quantities change, the delivery dates change, the delivery locations change, the overall pricing changes, discounts, packs, shipping all these elements showing a variable characteristic will have a tendency to change. It’s as good as a real order but it’s basically a soft commitment. So, this is something which is quite common and most of the organizations solve this problem by implementing their own quote management solutions which are outside the CRM framework.

Typically, CRM talks to the quote management system, once the opportunity is ready to become a quote, a trigger is sent from the CRM to the quote management system with all the relevant details and the quote is generated. The quote process actually happens outside CRM.

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But the trend is that people want to see what happened to a quote after it is created. It can’t be another system. People don’t want to jump windows and also, they want to have complete visibility about what is happening in a particular opportunity. Till a quote is accepted by the customer representative, the opportunity is not considered as closed. So they want to know what’s happening on the quote side, how many versions have been created, which ones are sent to the customer, when was it sent, was it sent as an email attachment or was it sent as a printed copy, what was the customer reaction, when did they see it, when they plan to complete it or close it. These are some details sales rep wants to see in their opportunity view itself and they end up achieving it in one of the two ways:

First one is, if the quote management solution the customer using is strong, then we integrate CRM with it. We bring quote into the CRM, we allow CRM to send data to the quote management system and so on. Else if the customer is not having a quote management system and having a system which is very outdated or sometimes the quote management system can even be heavy – heavy in the sense that they may be looking for a simple quote management solutions but they might have gone for a implementation whereby a really heavy weight quote management system is implemented and the sales people are really puzzled on how to use it and they end up not raising quotes in the required numbers.In such cases, they build small quote management functionality inside CRM. It is very simple and straight forward but at the same time, you have to understand the process very well.

How CRMIT can support you?
Accelerate Revenue through Quote ManagementWe have worked with a number of customers and have understood that the quoting process in general is having a fine thread which is common across companies and variations are added on top of it. So that’s where we thought we will create our own quote management solution which sits inside the CRM. It is not a heavy weight system that you need to host elsewhere and then integrate with CRM, switch to it whenever necessary. It is ‘within’ the CRM. So it uses CRM’s architecture, it uses CRM’s own objects, hence it is well connected, easy to access, quick to use as the information need not be pulled out from a third party system. So that’s one of the very key features which add value to the CRM flow by just adding a quote piece to it.

Mobile Quote – Anywhere, Anytime, Any Device

Another common trend that we are observing now is the mobile quote. When reps travel a lot, they carry their mobile devices, tablets and other portable devices and they want to create quotes when they are in front of the customer. Of course they may be connected or disconnected, but all the details that are required for creating a quote should be available to them so that they can create a quote, across the table and can show it to the customer. Once everything is done, the customer says ‘”yes, you send me the quote”, the rep just presses a button and the quote goes to the customer in the format they prefer. This can be improved further by integrating it to a digital signature system so that the customers can readily sign the document in the mobile device itself, or using their Email/ an online digital signature system. This means, system drives the call for action and makes sure that the sale is won.

In short, this is something which is really transforming. Basically, you are moving from your simple cataloging system to a system whereby you can showcase your products and quickly create a quote and then send it across to the customer. This basically completes the loop as far as the purpose of that meeting is concerned. Many of our customers are moving towards this important milestone. Mobile quoting is something that will really transform this industry and CRMIT is working towards bringing the best mobile quoting experience to CRM sales persons using a system which resides inside their CRM so that no learning and unlearning is required. They use the system exactly as they normally use the quote management system and get this important piece of work done within the system itself. We believe this will really provide huge value add to our customers and we are excited to work with variations of the same application and help our customers raise better, customized quotes and close the business quickly.

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Naga Chokkanathan
Sr. Director – Innovations
CRMIT Solutions