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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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Telephony Integration  – A smarter way to make and receive calls inside Oracle CRM

CTI for Oracle CRMEnhance your customer interaction, service and satisfaction with CRM++ Computer Telephony Integration for Oracle CRM

Are you still manually dialing telephone numbers, looking up contacts and capturing telephone call information by hand? Moreover which sounds better? “Who is this?” or “Thank you for calling us Mark!” Clearly, the latter.

In business, every call you make and receive counts. Too much information is lost because it is not extracted effectively from phone calls and thus the sales people miss huge opportunities to get strong insights about who they are calling. So it is indeed very important equipping your sales reps and agents with the right resources –  tools and information to interact with your customers.

Your CRM is where data lives and the more data in the CRM the more insight and power you have as a business. So it makes sense that when your telephone rings, your CRM knows about it, who it is, who they spoke to, and how long they spoke. A perfect sync between your CRM and the phone system is just what you need so you can stop juggling and start managing your calls smartly from CRM.

Integrating Call/Contact Center Telephony Infrastructure with your CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software gives you tools to manage customer connections in real time. The advantages of this integration is robust  communication management include accurate information logging, reduced data loss, increased employee efficiency and speed and more.

Why CRM++ Computer Telephony Integration?

So what do you get being a CRM++ Computer Telephony Integration enabled organization?  Or maybe a better question is, “Why would I integrate my telephony system with Oracle CRM, and what is the end objective?”

The #1 reason why an organization implements Computer Telephony Integration within their CRM system is to reduce  costs, improve productivity levels and seamlessly manage customer interactions.  The idea is to create efficiencies within the system that allow the organization to maximize the time of a user spent helping the customer and to minimize the amount of time spent searching or entering data into the system.  How does Computer Telephony Integration do that?  To answer that question, let’s talk about the various benefits associated with Computer Telephony Integration and explain how they help your users:

Computer Telephony Integration with Oracle CRM

CRM++ Computer Telephony Integration enables you to optimise your investment in your Oracle CRM and Telephone infrastructure, providing a seamless telephony integration with Oracle CRM delivered in a cost effective and user friendly manner.

CRM++ Computer Telephony Integration framework offers a direct access to extended telephony functions that enable a comprehensive call center or contact center solution. Based on a Telephony Application Programming Interface CRM++ CTI Framework directly integrates various telephony solutions with Oracle Cloud Platform.

CRM++ Computer Telephony Integration framework provides unifying access to contact center functionalities including both Inbound (screen pop-up) and Click-to-Dial (outbound integration) functions. Inbound integration enables display relevant information about the caller (360° customer view) to the agent as they answer the phone – name, address, outstanding orders or cases. The Click-to-Dial (outbound call) feature helps one-click phone calling functions, capture the call notes, resolution type and call reasons with built-in Call Wrap Up feature.

Features

  • Inbound and click-to-dial action call handling
  • Automatic call wrap-up
  • Caller ID & multiple call support
  • Customer interaction screen to record and track a series of ongoing customer activities
  • Support for multiple sites with different telephone systems
  • Support for both Voice Over IP (VOIP) and standard telephone systems
  • Customizable user preferences
  • Call history and missed call logging

Benefits 

  • Comprehensive CRM platform with unified screen-based telephony
  • Streamlined telephony activity within your business
  • Improved customer relationships, service levels and customer satisfaction
  • Increased telephone call efficiency
  • Manage Service Request life cycle, submission – follow-up – closure
  • Personalized telephone interaction – identifying callers automatically
  • Increased business productivity
  • Improved reporting & collaborative activity management

Thus CRM++ Computer Telephony Integration helps you increase first call resolution, decrease average handle time and reduces cost-per-call, thereby improving customer satisfaction.

Available on Oracle Marketplace

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CRM++ Computer Telephony Integration is also available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace helps which provides Oracle Cloud customers find the best applications to meet their needs through an easily searchable interface.

CRM++Computer Telephony Integration is listed along with the relevant details to help customers determine their value for their organizations, including user ratings and reviews.

Gaining and maintaining a competitive advantage in your industry is never easy. Leverage  CTI technology to take a step in the right direction. Your agents, company and customers will benefit as a result.

About CRMIT Solutions

CRMIT Solutions is constantly focusing on two areas in product development – bringing unique , innovative CX/CRM cloud solutions to the market and continuing to expand out-of-box integration. As more and more businesses move towards an IP based telephony system, having tight integration between telephone systems and CRM is critical to improving productivity and a better end user experience.


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The Future of Oracle CRM On Demand: Roadmap and Strategy for Continuous Innovation

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The future of Oracle CRM On Demand:

Oracle CRM on Demand or simply OCOD, is presently 26 releases old. This and few of the releases in the recent past indicates the commitment Oracle has towards this product. Also, it has brought in sigh of relief among Oracle’s customers and partners who otherwise thought that the product has reached its end and Oracle would show apathy towards it.

Below paragraphs are attempts to summarize a list of reasons why one should look forward for using OCOD instead of looking for alternatives.

Mobile capabilities

It is out in open, Mobile and Cloud technologies are the 2 concept that would shape the way business are done in years to come.

System which can only present data to a sale reps on their computer screen seems naive these days. World is looking for systems which can find information while they are on the move.

Significant investment was seen from Oracle to make OCOD a mobile enable product. It looks the end result set as objective was a system that is not just informative and sensible but also responsive and pretty at the same time.

2 enhancements OCOD Disconnected Mobile Sales and OCOD Connected Mobile Sales are outcome of this very investment. Both being sales centric apps, provides access to data and ability to manage Contacts, Tasks, and Appointments with ease.

CRM On Demand Mobile Capabilities

RESTful APIs Support

Continuing the mobile enablement strategy, OCOD will soon be introduced to RESTful APIs to support mobile based solutions. This feature, once introduced, doubles up the possibilities and increases the range of solutions that can be provided on the system.

Late last year, OCOD witnessed similar ground breaking release in the form of Javascript APIs. Almost a year past and now it is evident to all how it has changed the way custom solutions are designed on this system.

It is not just the utilities these API brings in make them ground breaking but, the fact that they are low maintenance, cost effective and increases overall UX.

Social Integration

Less than half-a-decade ago there were times when businesses were looking for systems that could generate leads through their websites or enable customers to raise enquiries through them. The fact that it can be termed as a thing of the past shows the pace with which CRM as a concept has evolved. Today’s world is looking for systems which to generate leads from Social Networking Sites and Forums.

OCOD’s new integration abilities with Oracle Social Relation Management (SRM) are steps in the same direction. SRM in itself a matured product suite, has in-built features such as Social Engagement and Monitoring (SEM), Social Marketing (SM) and Oracle Social Network (OSN) is now couple with OCOD’s Marketing, Sales and Service capabilities. It already seems a potential winner in this space at the moment.

Report API

Today, it is hard to find any product that could challenge Oracle BI (Analytics and Reporting) tools for its potentials. Built on the same framework, OCOD Reporting tool will see another feather in its hat. Soon to released Report API allows reports to be executed offline and results can be scheduled and sent over an email.

This means sales manager would not have to log on to his OCOD to review the stats and track the progress of his team as it would be readily available to him every morning in his email client.

Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Ever since Oracle made Cloud Marketplace available, innovative products have been pouring down the alley. It is a great place to find business apps for Oracle cloud. This platform has opened up vast opportunities for stakeholder to showcase their ideas and solve complex business problem at the same time.

Recently, OCOD has found it ways into Marketplace and soon we will witness interested apps up there for our businesses to use.

One would agree that even without these enhancements, OCOD still is one of the most comprehensive CRM solutions available on Cloud today.  With further investments in pipeline, it doesn’t seem this decade old product is going to give up without a fight when put against heavy weights such as Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle Service Cloud both put together.

About CRMIT Solutions:

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

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CRMIT Solutions has achieved Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized status for Oracle CRM On Demand.

“This Specialization reinforces our capabilities, dedication and commitment to Oracle CRM On Demand. Having completed over 100 customer implementations across numerous verticals using our CRM++ applications for CRM On Demand, we have been able to help bring business value to our customers. Our expertise has helped us become a virtual extension to the Oracle sales and technical teams”says Vinod Reddy, CEO, CRMIT Solutions.

Testimony to Customer Excellence
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.

Inputs from
Deepak Andeli
Business Consultant – Industry CRM & CX Solutions
CRMIT Solutions


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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

Fixed Scope Offering for Oracle Sales Cloud

Your customer has changed, and how you sell needs to change accordingly. To increase sales and optimize efficiency, modern sales requires fast and easy tools, mobile productivity, insightful and collaborative selling, and aggressive pipeline creation. You need more and you need it now.

To increase sales and optimize efficiency, modern sales require fast and easy tools, mobile productivity, insightful and collaborative selling, and aggressive pipeline creation. Sales representatives spend almost 78% of their time searching for information; 40% of sales managers are concerned about missing their sales quota and just 3% of companies say their forecasts are “always accurate.

From sales force automation to sales performance management to partner relationship management, Oracle Sales Cloud includes many other features that deliver a rich experience, allowing reps to sell more, managers to know more, and your company to grow more. When combined with the other products in the Oracle Customer Experience portfolio, the value to individual users, teams, and the entire company is compounded. Oracle’s mobile application allows reps to visit their app store, download the app, and become productive almost immediately.

Go Live for Oracle Sales CloudCRMIT Solutions’ Fixed Scope Implementation is a fast track program for customers seeking to GO LIVE on Oracle Sales Cloud in as early as 4 weeks. The Fixed Scope implementation program is crafted to include must-have modules including Sales Planning; Lead, Opportunity; Mobility, Microsoft Outlook integrations and transactional business intelligence. Fixed Scope Offering leverages Oracle best practices,  and agile approach for fast track implementation of Oracle Sales Cloud.

Fixed Scope for Oracle Sales CloudKey Features

  • Proven fast track methodology
  • Fast setup, configuration, testing and deployment of multiple Oracle Sales Cloud modules
  • Clear defined application scope
  • Proven approach, deliverables, roles, responsibilities.

Key Benefits

  • Improved sales visibility & planning
  • Access to critical sales information anytime, anywhere, any device
  • Enhanced sales force collaboration
  • Complete customer view to the sales team
  • Lower cost & risks/faster ROI

Led purely by customer benefit, the offering focuses on enhanced cross departmental collaboration with superior sales analytics. Sales teams are benefited in a short period while performing, tracking progress against day-to-day sales activities, gaining a holistic customer view and generating higher quality leads.

Specialized Partner for Oracle Sales CloudCRMIT Solutions is Oracle’s Platinum level member and specialized partner for Oracle Sales Cloud. We offer a host of solutions for Oracle Sales Cloud, including consulting, sales planning, social sales, customer data enrichment, field sales automation, user adoption, training, CRM health check and independent testing services.

“Our commitment to enable customer experience continues, following the introduction of this Fast Track Implementation for Oracle Sales Cloud. This fixed scope approach based on best practices, domain specialization in itself testifies a faster GO LIVE with minimal risk.” said Vinod Reddy, Founder and CEO, CRMIT Solutions.

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Oracle Sales Cloud (Fusion CRM) release 7, winning back core SFA!

Sales Cloud (Fusion CRM) release 7 is quite refreshing for those using the application since earlier releases. When I drove through the latest release 7, I knew the wait and the hype built around this release are justified.

Apart from bringing much anticipated enhancements around improving user experience, this release tried to take Mobile, Social & Analytics features to a new level.

From the perspective of an administrator, attempts made in the areas of Extensibility, Data Management and Environment Migration are appreciated.

Let me give you few specifics

User Experience: Navigation
Navigation was a major concern in previous releases. It was complicated and inconsistent or was just not there.

Now I see lot more availability and consistency in desktop UI.

Except Sales Calendar where the context of a calendar item isn’t completely built {this observation is addressed by FUSE (Simplified UI)}, navigation among core sales entities is fully enabled.

User Experience: Search
Enhancements in this area are focused around removing constraints, de-coupling search options and predefined lists and rectifying issues with filters etc.

Other notable improvements are role based saved searches (driven by admin), user level personalization of filters and introduction of record set attribute etc.

User Experience: Contextual Help
Contextual help is consistently available across all high use pages in the application. The help directory content is now fully aligned with the section form where it is invoked.

User Experience: FUSE
FUSE (Simplified UI) is for quick performance of regular tasks. A major enhancement to achieve buy-in from Sales folks.

You could perform all actions at par with desktop UI and can also quickly move to desktop UI to access more advanced features or more detailed information.

You could personalize the user experience by setting up required logo, theme etc. and setup a homepage announcement.

Though role based customization of simplified UI is possible, it is limited to overview/list pages only.

FUSE (Simplified UI) screenshot

FUSE (Simplified UI) screenshot

Core SFA: Sales Process Management
FUSE (Simplified UI) for quick action and Search, Navigation enhancements across core SFA modules brought this area back.

Other enhancements include
• Marketing insights for a Lead and Contact from Eloqua
• Customer Center Improvements –
> Competitive Presence – For Sales/Account Planning
> Graphical demonstration of Account Hierarchy (vs. Org. hierarchy)
> Tracking Contact ‘relationships’ by timeframe – An important detail sought by many customers/prospects alike.
• Lead Qualification/Management is now moved to Sales functional area

Core SFA: Sales Performance Management
Except few incremental improvements, enhancements in this area are minimal. From our experience simplification of Territory Management is very much required and it is a roadmap item.

Business Process Composer
Business Process composer is another big leap enhancement and kind of re-introduced in release 7.

As part of Oracle SOA Suite, the Oracle Business Process Management Suite contains a design-time tool for creating and adjusting BPMN 2.0 compliant BPEL processes, known as the Process Composer. Logically, as this tool can make significant changes to the way functionality runs, it is not therefore for use by normal end-users or administrators, and so is not found embedded inside Fusion Applications.

The Process Composer contains extensive options for creating new processes, as well as importing, adjusting, and redeploying the standard BPEL processes provided by Fusion Applications. Amongst other things, this includes support for manipulating Oracle Business Rules (OBR) to add complex conditional processing logic, as well as Human Workflow for interacting with users for hands-on activities, such as approvals.

Business process flows (e.g. approval flows) created using the process composer could be triggered using object workflows (e.g. of an Opportunity) that initiate based on some change in an object e.g. field update.

The seeded templates in Oracle Business Process Composer provide services, business rules, and tasks, which we can use for configuring customized processes.

Business Process Composer-Seeded flow screenshot

Business Process Composer-Seeded flow screenshot

 

Marketing: Eloqua Integration
Eloqua integration with Sales cloud is expected to augment customer interaction history in Sales Cloud, provide bi-directional lead nurturing between marketing and sales along with fully enabled Marketing automation and multi-channel campaign capabilities. Following table demonstrates what Eloqua Marketing cloud has to offer in comparison to Fusion Marketing (though it is purely driven by what is missing in Fusion Marketing)

Eloqua Marketing Cloud Vs. Fusion Marketing

Eloqua Marketing Cloud Vs. Fusion Marketing

 

Reports
Most anticipated feature in the area of reports is ability to drill/navigate from a report to a transactional record using Action Links and it is available in release 7. It is facilitated through calling web pages instead of using ADF contextual event.

Action Links are available for the following objects:
• Customer
• Contact
• Lead
• Opportunity

Other enhancements include
> Use alerts to proactively detect issues and business potential (condition based report scheduling)
> Add enhanced visualizations, like a waterfall chart to your reports
> Embedding OSN conversations in custom report/dashboard (i.e. see all conversations for a record in one place using report view)

Environment Migration
This allows export and import of setup data and customizations across Oracle Sales Cloud environments on the same release and patch.

Life Cycle Management

Life Cycle Management

Functional Setup Manager (FSM) is used to migrate setup data.
Customizations Migration used to migrate:
• All Sales Cloud customizations, including
> Customizations created with Application Composer, and Page Composer
> Sales Cloud security changes (role hierarchy changes)
• Customizations for other Fusion Applications (not just Sales and Marketing)

Currently available ‘Extensions Manager’ used to migrate customizations created with Application Composer (Sales and Marketing only) would be phased out.

Refer to My Oracle Support Doc ID 1534289.1 (for Setup Data) and Oracle Fusion Applications Extensibility Guide(for Customizations) migration possibilities.

Modularity Consolidation
Now we can
> Call attributes from one object to the other. This is limited to ‘Common’ application area and limited to Sales Account.
> Build relationships among objects from across application areas e.g. now we can connect a custom object created under Sales application area with a custom object created under ‘common’ application area.
> Build cross application validations e.g. When a sales account (Customer Center application area) status is turned ‘Inactive’ prevent sales user from creating an opportunity (sales application area)

Brief detail of other enhancements

Groovy Web Services Invocation
This is great. Now we could invoke a web service using the groovy in object workflows.

E.g. when an opportunity has reached ‘Closed/Won’ stage, invoke a service to create a quotation through Big Machine and update finally approved quote value back to sales cloud.

Mobile: Fusion Mobile Sales (SMARTPHONE)
Oracle Fusion Mobile Sales includes several enhancements in Release 7, including:

• Child Objects for Leads
• Forecasts
• Contact Photo
• Android Support

Mobile: Fusion TAP
Oracle Sales Cloud on iPad using Fusion Tap has become ‘general availability’ from release 7 which is a specialized application for tablet devices.
With Release 7, Oracle Fusion Tap is available in 21 languages.

Mobile Analytics: Fusion Mobile Sales
Apart from 6 standard reports, release 7 allows users to access custom reports as part of Mobile Sales application. Users can change report views and apply report filters.

Mobile Analytics: Fusion TAP
From release 7, users can access custom reports.

Social Network (OSN)
Social objects available to be enabled in Release 7 are Customer, Opportunity, Lead, Partner Account, Reference, Competitor, Organization, Person and Group. Sales Cloud administration can decide which objects to enable as social, and which fields to expose on the objects’ Wall.

Desktop UI Configuration
In Release 7, we can edit subtabs using Page Composer.

In summary, Oracle Sales Cloud release 7 is simple to use, considerably improved and strengthened its core SFA solution and ahead of competition in providing Sales Performance Management and Customer Data Management functionalists.

I would like to thank my colleagues at CRMIT Solutions for their support in writing this article.

C.A.Mohammed
Senior Principle Business Consultant, CRMIT

Originally Published on Ahmed’s Blog


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Stop Typing and Start Speaking to your CRM

Does it sound interesting? Yes, it is  fact that Oracle is working on a new app “Oracle Voice” that works with Oracle Sales Cloud facilitating data entry / update in CRM by Sales team over voice than typing it out …

 

As you see over there some of the most common tasks like contact creation, task creation, opportunity update, meeting notes etc can all be entered by speaking over to your phone than typing it.  The added advantage over here as you see in the right side of the image is an interactive step by step Wizard where the system speaks to you to gather info in a logical manner to update it in CRM ….

The application is expected to be available soon, stay tuned …

Venkatesan Sundaram
Senior Director, CRMIT

Originally Published on Venky’s Blog