Where can i find a list of criterias to evaluate a CRM solution, i.e. what
are the main categories (business functions, technical features, financial
aspects, user friendliness/support, etc.) and the main criterias to list
under these categories ?
Start with a prioritized list of your firm's business requirements. A
requirements analysis involving sales, marketing, service, and finance will
typically generate a long wish list that will then need to be categorized
and prioritized by function and category. You can turn each requirement
into a question. For example, if you have a requirement to capture customer
interactions, your checklist question becomes "does the application capture
customer interactions?" Develop an approach for rating each response
against your needs and priorities.
To get started, think about the likely function set you are looking to
automate and then drill down from there. Potential functions might include:
Sales Force Automation, Telesales, Help Desk, Order Entry, Web Self Service,
Marketing Automation, and Customer Analytics.
Finally, there are many good books that can provide more detailed guidance.
For example, you might want to purchase "The CRM Handbook" by Jill Dyche.
This and other related books can be purchased from Pearson Technology Group
). Their online store is located at www.informit.com/sales/ar
This was first published in March 2002