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How and Why to Hire a CRM Consultant

How and Why to Hire a CRM Consultant

customer relationship management (CRM) system requires many considerations. Not the least of which is how it is going to be implemented, by whom, and when. The answers to such nuts-and-bolts questions are vital to the success of the implementation and an eventual return on investment for the company’s purchase.

If the company has never had a CRM system, then the decision is much simpler. The tricky issues of data migration and transition plans do not have to be considered. Such installations are rare and, even with a clean slate, there are many potential reasons to hire an outside consultant to implement a new CRM system.

 When a company has an existing CRM system, the reasons to hire an outside consultant are more apparent.

 Even after an implementation and transition to a new system are completed, there are reasons why a company would want to bring in an outside CRM consultant to evaluate the existing system and its use.

 Installation 

Transitioning from an old system to a new system requires some data to be migrated to the new CRM database. Field use and data volume of transfer are major considerations at this stage.

 Outside consultants have the advantage of training and experience with other business’s migration projects. Companies are wise to listen to a consultant who has implemented the same CRM software at several other companies. That person’s system-focused background not only helps in migration but also facilitates marketing and sales management taking advantage of deep features in the software.

 These deeper or less advertised functions affect the day-to-day operations of CRM as well as the management and oversight activities. Many CRM systems have multiple ways of doing some tasks or sales methodologies. The outside person is more likely to be familiar with tweaks and changes that can be done to minimize the effort. Likewise, for management and oversight, the outside consultant can direct executives to the right screens or reports to monitor activity.

 Time Resource 

It is worth briefly mentioning that internal resources will probably take more time to implement a CRM package than outside consultants. A company may pay more per hour for outside people, but the benefit of having trained people come in for a faster implementation is that the company gets an earlier return on its investment in the new CRM system.

 Third-party Software Knowledge

Outside CRM consultants know more about available third-party add-ons. Not every CRM system has an app ecosystem, but those that do have hundreds of different apps that a company can use to operate more efficiently. Tapping the multicompany experience of the outside consultant is a great way to find apps that companies can use to make their CRM systems better.

 Political 

One of the not-so-often mentioned reasons to hire outside consultants for CRM systems is outside consultants should push back against management when needed.

 Internal resources are much less likely to tell executives something cannot or should not be done. Outside consultants are more likely to express an opinion, and their opinion is more likely to be valued.

 How to Hire

 Companies need to decide how much outside work they need. It is easy to find smaller consulting companies that will supplement staff or even manage a primary internal implementation. Larger companies want to do it all themselves.

 Outside consultants tend to specialize in one or two CRM systems, whether they are sole practitioners in a single metro area or large, multinational consulting firms. Searching on product knowledge is the first step. Second is to look for consultants with experience in the same industry. These consultants will bring the most value.

 Even after implementation is done and training is completed, there is value in hiring an outside consultant to look at how the CRM system is being used.  This should be a small engagement but may yield some big improvements.

 About the Author

David Gillman has worked in software and technology-related services for more than 20 years. He has been a user and administrator of CRM systems as well as a pioneer in analytical CRM. David currently works on hands-on analytical CRM projects in several industries, publishes on the subject, and is a speaker at industry conferences. David is an analyst with Studio B.

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customer relationship management (CRM) system requires many considerations. Not the least of which is how it is going to be implemented, by whom, and when. The answers to such nuts-and-bolts questions are vital to the success of the implementation and an eventual return on investment for the company’s purchase.

If the company has never had a CRM system, then the decision is much simpler. The tricky issues of data migration and transition plans do not have to be considered. Such installations are rare and, even with a clean slate, there are many potential reasons to hire an outside consultant to implement a new CRM system.

 When a company has an existing CRM system, the reasons to hire an outside consultant are more apparent.

 Even after an implementation and transition to a new system are completed, there are reasons why a company would want to bring in an outside CRM consultant to evaluate the existing system and its use.

 Installation 

Transitioning from an old system to a new system requires some data to be migrated to the new CRM database. Field use and data volume of transfer are major considerations at this stage.

 Outside consultants have the advantage of training and experience with other business’s migration projects. Companies are wise to listen to a consultant who has implemented the same CRM software at several other companies. That person’s system-focused background not only helps in migration but also facilitates marketing and sales management taking advantage of deep features in the software.

 These deeper or less advertised functions affect the day-to-day operations of CRM as well as the management and oversight activities. Many CRM systems have multiple ways of doing some tasks or sales methodologies. The outside person is more likely to be familiar with tweaks and changes that can be done to minimize the effort. Likewise, for management and oversight, the outside consultant can direct executives to the right screens or reports to monitor activity.

 Time Resource 

It is worth briefly mentioning that internal resources will probably take more time to implement a CRM package than outside consultants. A company may pay more per hour for outside people, but the benefit of having trained people come in for a faster implementation is that the company gets an earlier return on its investment in the new CRM system.

 Third-party Software Knowledge

Outside CRM consultants know more about available third-party add-ons. Not every CRM system has an app ecosystem, but those that do have hundreds of different apps that a company can use to operate more efficiently. Tapping the multicompany experience of the outside consultant is a great way to find apps that companies can use to make their CRM systems better.

 Political 

One of the not-so-often mentioned reasons to hire outside consultants for CRM systems is outside consultants should push back against management when needed.

 Internal resources are much less likely to tell executives something cannot or should not be done. Outside consultants are more likely to express an opinion, and their opinion is more likely to be valued.

 How to Hire

 Companies need to decide how much outside work they need. It is easy to find smaller consulting companies that will supplement staff or even manage a primary internal implementation. Larger companies want to do it all themselves.

 Outside consultants tend to specialize in one or two CRM systems, whether they are sole practitioners in a single metro area or large, multinational consulting firms. Searching on product knowledge is the first step. Second is to look for consultants with experience in the same industry. These consultants will bring the most value.

 Even after implementation is done and training is completed, there is value in hiring an outside consultant to look at how the CRM system is being used.  This should be a small engagement but may yield some big improvements.

 About the Author

David Gillman has worked in software and technology-related services for more than 20 years. He has been a user and administrator of CRM systems as well as a pioneer in analytical CRM. David currently works on hands-on analytical CRM projects in several industries, publishes on the subject, and is a speaker at industry conferences. David is an analyst with Studio B.

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Inside-CRM Jul 8

Purchasing a new customer relationship management (CRM) system requires many considerations. Not the least of which is how it is going to be implemented, by whom, and when. The answers to such nuts-and-bolts questions are vital to the success of the implementation and an eventual return on investment for the company’s purchase.

If the company has never had a CRM system, then the decision is much simpler. The tricky issues of data migration and transition plans do not have to be considered. Such installations are rare and, even with a clean slate, there are many potential reasons to hire an outside consultant to implement a new CRM system.

 When a company has an existing CRM system, the reasons to hire an outside consultant are more apparent.

 Even after an implementation and transition to a new system are completed, there are reasons why a company would want to bring in an outside CRM consultant to evaluate the existing system and its use.

 Installation 

Transitioning from an old system to a new system requires some data to be migrated to the new CRM database. Field use and data volume of transfer are major considerations at this stage.

 Outside consultants have the advantage of training and experience with other business’s migration projects. Companies are wise to listen to a consultant who has implemented the same CRM software at several other companies. That person’s system-focused background not only helps in migration but also facilitates marketing and sales management taking advantage of deep features in the software.

 These deeper or less advertised functions affect the day-to-day operations of CRM as well as the management and oversight activities. Many CRM systems have multiple ways of doing some tasks or sales methodologies. The outside person is more likely to be familiar with tweaks and changes that can be done to minimize the effort. Likewise, for management and oversight, the outside consultant can direct executives to the right screens or reports to monitor activity.

 Time Resource 

It is worth briefly mentioning that internal resources will probably take more time to implement a CRM package than outside consultants. A company may pay more per hour for outside people, but the benefit of having trained people come in for a faster implementation is that the company gets an earlier return on its investment in the new CRM system.

 Third-party Software Knowledge

Outside CRM consultants know more about available third-party add-ons. Not every CRM system has an app ecosystem, but those that do have hundreds of different apps that a company can use to operate more efficiently. Tapping the multicompany experience of the outside consultant is a great way to find apps that companies can use to make their CRM systems better.

 Political 

One of the not-so-often mentioned reasons to hire outside consultants for CRM systems is outside consultants should push back against management when needed.

 Internal resources are much less likely to tell executives something cannot or should not be done. Outside consultants are more likely to express an opinion, and their opinion is more likely to be valued.

 How to Hire

 Companies need to decide how much outside work they need. It is easy to find smaller consulting companies that will supplement staff or even manage a primary internal implementation. Larger companies want to do it all themselves.

 Outside consultants tend to specialize in one or two CRM systems, whether they are sole practitioners in a single metro area or large, multinational consulting firms. Searching on product knowledge is the first step. Second is to look for consultants with experience in the same industry. These consultants will bring the most value.

 Even after implementation is done and training is completed, there is value in hiring an outside consultant to look at how the CRM system is being used.  This should be a small engagement but may yield some big improvements.

 About the Author

David Gillman has worked in software and technology-related services for more than 20 years. He has been a user and administrator of CRM systems as well as a pioneer in analytical CRM. David currently works on hands-on analytical CRM projects in several industries, publishes on the subject, and is a speaker at industry conferences. David is an analyst with Studio B.

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Purchasing a new customer relationship management (CRM) system requires many considerations. Not the least of which is how it is going to be implemented, by whom, and when. The answers to such nuts-and-bolts questions are vital to the success of the implementation and an eventual return on investment for the company’s purchase.

If the company has never had a CRM system, then the decision is much simpler. The tricky issues of data migration and transition plans do not have to be considered. Such installations are rare and, even with a clean slate, there are many potential reasons to hire an outside consultant to implement a new CRM system.

 When a company has an existing CRM system, the reasons to hire an outside consultant are more apparent.

 Even after an implementation and transition to a new system are completed, there are reasons why a company would want to bring in an outside CRM consultant to evaluate the existing system and its use.

 Installation 

Transitioning from an old system to a new system requires some data to be migrated to the new CRM database. Field use and data volume of transfer are major considerations at this stage.

 Outside consultants have the advantage of training and experience with other business’s migration projects. Companies are wise to listen to a consultant who has implemented the same CRM software at several other companies. That person’s system-focused background not only helps in migration but also facilitates marketing and sales management taking advantage of deep features in the software.

 These deeper or less advertised functions affect the day-to-day operations of CRM as well as the management and oversight activities. Many CRM systems have multiple ways of doing some tasks or sales methodologies. The outside person is more likely to be familiar with tweaks and changes that can be done to minimize the effort. Likewise, for management and oversight, the outside consultant can direct executives to the right screens or reports to monitor activity.

 Time Resource 

It is worth briefly mentioning that internal resources will probably take more time to implement a CRM package than outside consultants. A company may pay more per hour for outside people, but the benefit of having trained people come in for a faster implementation is that the company gets an earlier return on its investment in the new CRM system.

 Third-party Software Knowledge

Outside CRM consultants know more about available third-party add-ons. Not every CRM system has an app ecosystem, but those that do have hundreds of different apps that a company can use to operate more efficiently. Tapping the multicompany experience of the outside consultant is a great way to find apps that companies can use to make their CRM systems better.

 Political 

One of the not-so-often mentioned reasons to hire outside consultants for CRM systems is outside consultants should push back against management when needed.

 Internal resources are much less likely to tell executives something cannot or should not be done. Outside consultants are more likely to express an opinion, and their opinion is more likely to be valued.

 How to Hire

 Companies need to decide how much outside work they need. It is easy to find smaller consulting companies that will supplement staff or even manage a primary internal implementation. Larger companies want to do it all themselves.

 Outside consultants tend to specialize in one or two CRM systems, whether they are sole practitioners in a single metro area or large, multinational consulting firms. Searching on product knowledge is the first step. Second is to look for consultants with experience in the same industry. These consultants will bring the most value.

 Even after implementation is done and training is completed, there is value in hiring an outside consultant to look at how the CRM system is being used.  This should be a small engagement but may yield some big improvements.

 About the Author

David Gillman has worked in software and technology-related services for more than 20 years. He has been a user and administrator of CRM systems as well as a pioneer in analytical CRM. David currently works on hands-on analytical CRM projects in several industries, publishes on the subject, and is a speaker at industry conferences. David is an analyst with Studio B.

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customer relationship management (CRM) system requires many considerations. Not the least of which is how it is going to be implemented, by whom, and when. The answers to such nuts-and-bolts questions are vital to the success of the implementation and an eventual return on investment for the company’s purchase.

If the company has never had a CRM system, then the decision is much simpler. The tricky issues of data migration and transition plans do not have to be considered. Such installations are rare and, even with a clean slate, there are many potential reasons to hire an outside consultant to implement a new CRM system.

 When a company has an existing CRM system, the reasons to hire an outside consultant are more apparent.

 Even after an implementation and transition to a new system are completed, there are reasons why a company would want to bring in an outside CRM consultant to evaluate the existing system and its use.

 Installation 

Transitioning from an old system to a new system requires some data to be migrated to the new CRM database. Field use and data volume of transfer are major considerations at this stage.

 Outside consultants have the advantage of training and experience with other business’s migration projects. Companies are wise to listen to a consultant who has implemented the same CRM software at several other companies. That person’s system-focused background not only helps in migration but also facilitates marketing and sales management taking advantage of deep features in the software.

 These deeper or less advertised functions affect the day-to-day operations of CRM as well as the management and oversight activities. Many CRM systems have multiple ways of doing some tasks or sales methodologies. The outside person is more likely to be familiar with tweaks and changes that can be done to minimize the effort. Likewise, for management and oversight, the outside consultant can direct executives to the right screens or reports to monitor activity.

 Time Resource 

It is worth briefly mentioning that internal resources will probably take more time to implement a CRM package than outside consultants. A company may pay more per hour for outside people, but the benefit of having trained people come in for a faster implementation is that the company gets an earlier return on its investment in the new CRM system.

 Third-party Software Knowledge

Outside CRM consultants know more about available third-party add-ons. Not every CRM system has an app ecosystem, but those that do have hundreds of different apps that a company can use to operate more efficiently. Tapping the multicompany experience of the outside consultant is a great way to find apps that companies can use to make their CRM systems better.

 Political 

One of the not-so-often mentioned reasons to hire outside consultants for CRM systems is outside consultants should push back against management when needed.

 Internal resources are much less likely to tell executives something cannot or should not be done. Outside consultants are more likely to express an opinion, and their opinion is more likely to be valued.

 How to Hire

 Companies need to decide how much outside work they need. It is easy to find smaller consulting companies that will supplement staff or even manage a primary internal implementation. Larger companies want to do it all themselves.

 Outside consultants tend to specialize in one or two CRM systems, whether they are sole practitioners in a single metro area or large, multinational consulting firms. Searching on product knowledge is the first step. Second is to look for consultants with experience in the same industry. These consultants will bring the most value.

 Even after implementation is done and training is completed, there is value in hiring an outside consultant to look at how the CRM system is being used.  This should be a small engagement but may yield some big improvements.

 About the Author

David Gillman has worked in software and technology-related services for more than 20 years. He has been a user and administrator of CRM systems as well as a pioneer in analytical CRM. David currently works on hands-on analytical CRM projects in several industries, publishes on the subject, and is a speaker at industry conferences. David is an analyst with Studio B.

" cols = "90" rows="10">

Inside-CRM Jul 8

Purchasing a new customer relationship management (CRM) system requires many considerations. Not the least of which is how it is going to be implemented, by whom, and when. The answers to such nuts-and-bolts questions are vital to the success of the implementation and an eventual return on investment for the company’s purchase.

If the company has never had a CRM system, then the decision is much simpler. The tricky issues of data migration and transition plans do not have to be considered. Such installations are rare and, even with a clean slate, there are many potential reasons to hire an outside consultant to implement a new CRM system.

 When a company has an existing CRM system, the reasons to hire an outside consultant are more apparent.

 Even after an implementation and transition to a new system are completed, there are reasons why a company would want to bring in an outside CRM consultant to evaluate the existing system and its use.

 Installation 

Transitioning from an old system to a new system requires some data to be migrated to the new CRM database. Field use and data volume of transfer are major considerations at this stage.

 Outside consultants have the advantage of training and experience with other business’s migration projects. Companies are wise to listen to a consultant who has implemented the same CRM software at several other companies. That person’s system-focused background not only helps in migration but also facilitates marketing and sales management taking advantage of deep features in the software.

 These deeper or less advertised functions affect the day-to-day operations of CRM as well as the management and oversight activities. Many CRM systems have multiple ways of doing some tasks or sales methodologies. The outside person is more likely to be familiar with tweaks and changes that can be done to minimize the effort. Likewise, for management and oversight, the outside consultant can direct executives to the right screens or reports to monitor activity.

 Time Resource 

It is worth briefly mentioning that internal resources will probably take more time to implement a CRM package than outside consultants. A company may pay more per hour for outside people, but the benefit of having trained people come in for a faster implementation is that the company gets an earlier return on its investment in the new CRM system.

 Third-party Software Knowledge

Outside CRM consultants know more about available third-party add-ons. Not every CRM system has an app ecosystem, but those that do have hundreds of different apps that a company can use to operate more efficiently. Tapping the multicompany experience of the outside consultant is a great way to find apps that companies can use to make their CRM systems better.

 Political 

One of the not-so-often mentioned reasons to hire outside consultants for CRM systems is outside consultants should push back against management when needed.

 Internal resources are much less likely to tell executives something cannot or should not be done. Outside consultants are more likely to express an opinion, and their opinion is more likely to be valued.

 How to Hire

 Companies need to decide how much outside work they need. It is easy to find smaller consulting companies that will supplement staff or even manage a primary internal implementation. Larger companies want to do it all themselves.

 Outside consultants tend to specialize in one or two CRM systems, whether they are sole practitioners in a single metro area or large, multinational consulting firms. Searching on product knowledge is the first step. Second is to look for consultants with experience in the same industry. These consultants will bring the most value.

 Even after implementation is done and training is completed, there is value in hiring an outside consultant to look at how the CRM system is being used.  This should be a small engagement but may yield some big improvements.

 About the Author

David Gillman has worked in software and technology-related services for more than 20 years. He has been a user and administrator of CRM systems as well as a pioneer in analytical CRM. David currently works on hands-on analytical CRM projects in several industries, publishes on the subject, and is a speaker at industry conferences. David is an analyst with Studio B.




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