Firms still not getting full benefits from CRM

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Firms still not getting full benefits from CRM

On-demand fails to excite.

Firms are continue to invest in customer relationship management (CRM) systems, according to a recent study, despite many failing to receive the anticipated benefits.

The study by the UK National Computing Centre (NCC) found 45 percent had achieved partial success with their CRM deployment, while five percent said they had seen no major benefit at all.

And while around half of firms reported seeing some benefit, not a single respondent said their CRM projects to date had been a complete success.

But the recession has heightened the desire to improve customer relations, and many firms will continue to invest in CRM, according the NCC study: it found that 18 per cent of firms will increase spending on CRM activities in the coming year,

NCC sees the budget for CRM activities holding up well, with 18 percent of organisations expecting to spend; 50 percent keeping expenditure at the same level; and only 12 percent expect to see a cut in CRM spending.

“It’s reassuring to see that organisations are maintaining their investment in CRM software to better understand their customers and improve their service levels,” said Steve Fox, NCC’s Evaluation Centre managing director.

Firms have invested heavily in customising their CRM system customisation, in 10 percent of cases "very significant" modifications have been made; and 35 per cent recording "significant" adaptations.

However, few of the firms surveyed show an appetite for the supposedly cost-effective on-demand CRM, with just 10 percent adopting this approach. A further said they 26 percent consider implementing on-demand CRM, but 43 percent ruled it out all together.

The survey polled a cross-section of over 100 organisations, from the public sector, financial services sector and others.

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