At one point in time, the humble telephone was used by businesses simply to make calls – pick up the phone, dial a number and speak to the customer. But with advances in technology, they can now do so much more. Modern telephony helps to combine the best of both the worlds – the humble telephone meets technology. Computer-telephony integrations bridge the gap between your telephone system and your data helping businesses handle calls better, drive productivity and improve customer satisfaction.
Technology has heavily influenced sales and marketing strategy. We have come a long way from the days of using spreadsheets, Filofax and fax machines, and even phones, as part of the sales process. These days, it’s all about using one, single technology solution that covers all key business activities. There are a number of software tools or platforms available for boosting a business’s productivity.
CRM systems have taken a significant role in all companies – from start-ups to big corporations. Sales teams use it to manage their pipelines. Sourcing teams use it to manage their suppliers. Support teams use it as their knowledge base. Some companies even choose to integrate their accounting system into their CRM, in order to have a 360˚ view of their customer profiles.
Last week, we discussed the possibility that some roles are likely to be replaced by machines within the next decade. Today, we discuss the opinion that although some roles may be replaced, the ‘human’ element within a business is still an important and much-needed factor.