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Quote Management – Quote Simple. Quote Smart

Quote Simple. Quote Smart

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.

Quote Management

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


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Oracle Sales Cloud Partner Relationship Management (PRM) – Configuration considerations

Oracle Sales Cloud Partner Relationship Management (PRM)The Partner Relationship Management (PRM) component of Oracle Sales Cloud focuses on process automation between companies (brand owners) and channel partners. It allows companies to coordinate business planning activities, share information, conduct commerce across the channel. Processes, Objects and Roles are various setup considerations for Sales Cloud PRM. This article shall provide required inputs for a quick out of the box PRM implementation.

Processes:

Following are the processes supported by Sales Cloud PRM
1. Channel Type identification
2. Lead distribution to partners
3. Lead registration by partners
4. Lead > Opportunity > Quote
5. Account & Contact Management

Objects:

PRM uses the same business objects (e.g. Lead, Opportunity, Account, Contact) of CRM for channel sales along with Partner Accounts, Partner Contacts.

ObjectsTowards configuration of these objects, while ‘Application composure’ allows to configure additional fields, page layouts, business rules etc., the page composer tool under ‘Customize User Interface’ option allows configuring saved lists (criteria and columns).

OSC_Navigator Screen

OSC - HomeUnder Application Composer,
-> Partner configuration is handled under ‘Sales’ application area.
-> Partner Contact configuration is handled under ‘Common’ application area through the standard ‘Contact’ object.
-> Lead configuration is handled under ‘Marketing’ application area and called ‘Sales Lead’.
-> Opportunity configuration is handled under ‘Sales’ application area.
-> Account & Contact configuration is handled under ‘Common’ application area.

Roles:
From roles perspective, following are the roles provisioned out of the box

PRM RolesPRM’s role reporting hierarchy on both sides is

Brand Owner’s side:

Brand Owner's Side

Partner’s side:Partner's SideWhile setting up users it is better to define role provisioning rules. This would automatically assign all relevant Job roles based on the resource role selected for the user. OSC - Setup and Maintenance PageOSC - Manage Users

Data Security:

a) For Partner Account records,

1. On Brand Owner’s side:
Sales reps, Sales Managers could view all Partner Account records.
Channel Account Manager can View and Edit partner account records if
–they are on the partner account team
–they are a member/owner of a territory associated to partner account
Channel Sales Manager can View and Edit all partner account records.
Channel Operations Manager can View and Edit all partner account records.

2. On Partner’s side:
Partner Administrator can View and Edit the partner account records (s)he belongs to.
Other partner users would not be able to access partner account record.

b) For Lead records,

1. On Brand Owner’s side:
Channel Account Manager can View and Edit lead records if
–they are owner of lead, or they are on the lead team
–they are a member/owner of a territory associated to lead
Note: Channel Account Manager can update owner only if they own a lead
Channel Sales Manager can View lead records if a Channel Account Manager reporting to him/her owns a lead or in the lead team or lead is associated to a territory in his/her territory hierarchy.
Sales representatives and Sales managers’ access are controlled same as Channel Account Managers and Channel Sales Managers accesses respectively.

2. On Partner’s side:
Partner Sales Representative can View and Edit lead records if
–they are owner of a lead, or they are on the lead team
–they are a member/owner of a territory associated to lead
Partner Sales Manager can View Lead records if a Partner Sales Representative reporting to him/her owns a Lead or in the Lead team or Lead is associated to a territory in his/her territory hierarchy.
Partner Administrator can View and Edit all the leads under partner account records (s)he belongs to.

c) For Opportunity records,

1. On Brand Owner’s side:
Channel Account Manager can View and Edit opportunity records if
–they are a member of the account team of a partner organization on the opportunity
–they are owner of opportunity, or they are on the opportunity team
–they are a member/owner of a territory associated to opportunity
Channel Sales Manager can View opportunity records if a Channel Account Manager reporting to her owns opportunity or in the opportunity team or opportunity is associated to a territory in his/her territory hierarchy.
Sales representatives and Sales managers’ access are controlled same as Channel Account Managers and Channel Sales Managers accesses respectively.

2. On Partner’s side:
Partner Sales Representative can View and Edit opportunity records if
–they are owner of opportunity, or they are on the opportunity team
Partner Sales Manager can View opportunity records if a Partner Sales Representative reporting to her owns an opportunity or in the opportunity team or opportunity is associated to a territory in his/her territory hierarchy.
Partner Administrator can View and Edit all the opportunities under partner account records (s)he belongs to.

d) For Account records,

1. On Brand Owner’s side:
Channel Account Manager can View and Edit account records if
–they are on the account team
–they are a member/owner of a territory associated to account
Channel Sales Manager can View and Edit account records if Channel Account Manager reporting to him/her has access to account via team or via territory.

2. On Partner’s side:
Partner Sales Representative can View and Edit account records if
–they are on the account team
–they are a member/owner of a territory associated to account
Partner Sales Manager can View and Edit account records if Partner Sales Representative reporting to her has access to account via team or territory.

e) For Contact records,
Partner users can view and create contacts for accounts that they can view
Partner users with Edit or Full access on the account can edit or delete the account’s contacts
Partner users with Read, Edit or Full access on the account can view, edit or delete associated common component transactions which they participated. e.g. appointments and tasks partner users participated

Other PRM setup tasks could be performed through “Define Sales Partners” task under Setup and maintenance.

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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Consulting – CX/CRM Industry Solutions
CRMIT Solutions


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Getting started with Oracle Sales Cloud Security

Oracle Sales Cloud_Security
If you are coming from a very light weight Cloud CRM application (e.g. CRM On Demand) where users could only have a single role and functional privileges, data security authorizations specified in wizard based role console, Oracle Sales Cloud’s security framework could look daunting.

Oracle Sales Cloud security framework has Duty Roles, Abstract Roles, Job Roles, Resource Roles and the setup/administration is done across Authorization Policy Manager (APM), Oracle Identity Manager (OIM).

I would like to approach this in my own way.

a. Roles

For a Sales Cloud Application 3 roles are core

  • Sales Representative
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Support

b. Modules

The core modules are

  • Account
  • Contact
  • Lead
  • Opportunity
  • Activity

Now, what any of the above roles could do with these modules is defined in “policies”. These policies are of 2 types – Functional Policies and Data Security policies.

These policies are grouped under Duty Roles (also called application roles).

Duty roles could inherit other duty roles. This facilitates to assign multiple roles to a single user.

Sales Representative Duty

Functional Policies under Sales Representative Duty

Data Security Policies under Sales Representative Duty

You could add or remove policies under functional policies section.

You could add or remove policies and add explicit rules and actions for data security policies.

Duty Roles are grouped under Job Roles & Abstract Roles (also called external roles).

Job role typically represents the job a user is hired into e.g. Sales representative job.

Abstract roles typically contain common functionality irrespective of job role e.g. the ‘Employee’ abstract role allows a user to manage personal information etc.

During every implementation it is mandatory that we review functional and data security policies that are assigned to a user through Job roles & abstract roles and add or remove any as required by customer requirements.

For best practices on role customization during implementations, you can refer to a customer connect webinar here

Out of the box, following is the data security setup in Sales Cloud for above roles

Sales Representative:

The seeded Sales Party review duty allows a sales representative to view all accounts and contacts in Sales Cloud application.

Sales Representatives can View and Edit other records if
–they are owner of a record
–they are on the record’s team
–they are a member/owner of a territory associated to the record

Sales Manager:

The seeded Sales Party review duty allows a sales manager to view all accounts and contacts in Sales Cloud application.

Sales managers can View and Edit other records if
–they are owner of a record
–they are on the record’s team
–they are a member/owner of a territory associated to the record

A Sales Manager can also View and Edit records if a Sales Representative reporting to him/her owns a record or in the record’s team or record is associated to a territory in sales representatives’ territory hierarchy.

Sales Support:

Sales Support is a admin role and it allows the users to help sales with their daily activities, perform sales setup/admin tasks and provide access to all sales data in the designated sales region.

At this moment the job role and abstract role administration is handled in OIM (Setup and Maintenance > Manage Job Roles Task) and Duty role administration is handled in APM (Setup and Maintenance > Manage Duty Roles Task).

From release 10, this would become easier as Sales Cloud is coming with a security console to create and manage roles, copy roles and compare roles through a single admin interface. Refer to this customer connect webinar for more information.

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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Consulting – CX/CRM Industry Solutions
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Build email, blast and manage responses from Oracle Sales Cloud

ORACLE SALES CLOUD_1

Sales representatives and sales managers can create sales campaigns for reaching out to contacts within their territories. Using sales campaigns, they invite contacts to an event or inform them about a product launch. Using a guided process, they can select recipients, use email templates, launch campaigns, monitor responses and take actions.

A great stride forward for Sales campaigns is breaking them off from Leads.

Screenshot below: Currently, to access Sales Campaigns you would go to leads.

Oracle Sales Cloud - Existing Version

Screenshot below: Future release, Sales Campaigns are separated from Leads and moved to top level.

Oracle Sales Cloud - Upcoming VersionSimilar to any primary object Sales Campaigns would have its own overview page with predefined lists

Campaigns ListWhen creating a Sales Campaign the first step is to select contacts. The best part of this step is an ability to build your own contact search criteria. The “Add” allows users to add any (Standard & Custom) fields created for a contact to search query. “Apply” would add the selected contacts as recipients to the Sales Campaign.

Now you could add 500 recipients to a Sales Campaign.

Contacts Screen

One of the future enhancements is to allow cross object segmentation e.g. Show me the contacts in a country where opportunity deal size is greater than 100K.

The second step is to select/design the email template. During this step Sales reps/Sales managers could select a email template, personalize the message and insert links for response actions (e.g. Request Call Back) by recipients. Users could also add a Subject and From address for the message.

Template

The third and final step is wrap Up or Launch Campaign. During this step Sales rep/Sales manager could give a name and description to Sales Campaign, define actions (e.g. Receive email notification, Create a call back task) customer responses and define the campaign launch (e.g. Immediate, Later).

Wrap Up

While tracking the results of a Sales Campaign, user could use the summary page to monitor message delivery status, recipient responses (including list of contacts who chose that response and current response status) and take actions e.g. Convert to New Lead. A separate section is also provided to track the leads created from the campaign and their current status.

SummaryResponsesThese features are commonly available from Oracle Sales Cloud release 10.

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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Consulting – CX/CRM Industry Solutions
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Smart Phones for Smarter CRM

blog M-PESA, a phone based money transfer and micro-financing service is said to have had pro-found impact on Kenyan households to manage their money. In a country where only 1 percent Kenyans has a landline, this smart cell phone based service has changed the life of 70 percent population. As per Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation newsletter, a survey showed that 90 percent said that their money was safe with M-PESA and they were “extremely happy” or “very happy” with this service. M-PESA service is just one of the many examples of how smart phones have improved all our lives.  Continue reading


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Oracle Sales Cloud – Best Practice Data Model for Accounts, Contacts & Activities

blog copyThrough releases 8 and 9, Oracle Sales Cloud started to standardize its data model around Accounts, Contacts and Activities.

Accounts
Previously “Customers” object included both organizations and individuals to whom we sold. Organizations were called Customers and Individuals were called Consumers. But from R8, Organizations and Individuals are separated and are now called Accounts and Contacts respectively.

Previously Customers had to be designated as Sales Accounts for association with opportunities. Now this condition is removed and Accounts could be either ‘Customers’ or ‘Prospects’.

In Application Composer, the account related object “Trading Community Organization Profile” is now called “Account”.

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Contacts
Contacts now include people related to accounts and people to whom we sell directly.

This change allows to create, search, and manage contacts to whom you sell directly and business contacts in one place.

In Application Composer, the Contact related object “Trading Community Person Profile” is now called “Contact” and “Trading Community Customer Contact Profile” is now called “Customer Contact Profile”.

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With these changes the confusion around selecting the correct object for setting up fields, pages and rules for Accounts and Contacts is removed.

Activities
From release 9, Appointments, Tasks, and Interactions are now stored in one activities object. The single activities object offers full support for configuration and customization, reporting and security.

This enhancement allows to see all activities in one place and quickly add appointments, create tasks and log calls related to accounts, contacts, and opportunities.

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_cloud
CRMIT 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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Consulting – CX/CRM Industry Solutions
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How to Best Utilize Oracle Sales Cloud Analytics ?

Sales Analytics

Oracle Sales Cloud has prebuilt dashboards tailored for all sales roles. Sales Analytics allows users to track Pipeline Strength, Actuals against Quota and Sales Team Performance in a single view.

Dashboard Reports

Dashboard reports allow users to navigate from a summary view to more detailed report and users could even further drill down to record level information.

Pipeline Analytics:

Pipeline analytics shows sales team’s opportunities by sales stage and revenue contribution. Prebuilt metrics show the Total Revenue, Open Pipeline and Revenue won by sales team in a quarter and facilitate future planning.

Pipeline Analytics

Actual vs Quota:

Team Performance

Actual vs Quota report allows tracking quarterly Revenue Forecast, Won Revenue and Open Pipeline for each product line. This report helps sales managers to identify areas for improvement and ensure sufficient pipeline revenue in the final sales stages to meet quarterly revenue goals.

Team Performance Analytics:

Team performance analytics allows identifying how individual team members are progressing towards their revenue goals. A sales manager can identify top performers and also team members who might need support and coaching as they are lagging behind.

The Achievement % and Won Revenue views shows performance in percentage and in absolute numbers facilitating course correction as required.

Team Performance

Team Performance

Activities Report:

Activities report allows users to easily track upcoming/planned activities that they need to prepare for in next few days.

Activities Report

Mobilytics:

Oracle Mobilytics app provides unprecedented mobile business intelligence into sales performance with interactive visualizations created specifically for iPad.

Forecast Shaper:

Forecast Shaper enables to perform ‘what-if’ analyses and shape sales team’s forecast more intelligently.Results could be filtered by Region, Product, Industry etc.

Forecast Shaper

Pipeline Analyzer:

Pipeline Analyzer allows to view all deals with deal size for each sales stage.

Pipeline Analyzer

Deal Radar:

Discover which deals are being actively managed by using Deal Radar. Apply filters like Region, Product and Industry to view deals by quarter instead of activity.

Deal Radar

Team Tracker:

Team Tracker allows you monitor team performance and proactively address performance issues.

Team Tracker

 

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_cloud
CRMIT 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.

Testimony to Customer Excellence

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