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Microsoft Kills a Flock of Birds with One Stone
Microsoft announces it is buying nearly 25% of the common shares of archrival Corel. Aside from giving Corel a much-needed infusion of funds, what does it mean?

prefered one  Kills a Flock of Birds with One Stone Microsoft Kills a Flock of Birds with One Stone R. Krause - October 12, 2000 Event Summary [Source: Corel press release] October 2nd, 2000 - Corel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation announced that they have formed a strategic alliance that will see the two companies expand their relationship to encompass projects related to Microsoft's new .NET initiative. As part of this expanded relationship, Microsoft (MS) has purchased 24 million non-voting convertible

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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CRM for Financial and Insurance Markets

Customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on the retention of customers by collecting data from all customer interactions with a company from all access points (by phone, mail, or Web, or in the field). The company can then use this data for specific business purposes by taking a customer-centric rather than a product-centric approach. CRM applications are front-end tools designed to facilitate the capture, consolidation, analysis, and enterprise-wide dissemination of data from existing and potential customers. This process occurs throughout the marketing, sales, and service stages, with the objective of better understanding one’s customers and anticipating their interest in an enterprise’s products or services.  

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prefered one  ROI is it Anyway? Part One: Introduction Introduction After a few years of incredible hype and some very wishful thinking, enterprise software has finally returned to reality. Plans and promises that assumed the repeal of business fundamentals have disappeared along with the sky-high stock prices for some software vendors. But, we've been here before. In the early 1990s, we thought manufacturing automation would revolutionize business for all time. And in some ways it did. But it did not eliminate the Read More

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