“What solution does our business need to be successful with customer relationship management?”
Several years ago, I started thinking about how to forge strong customer relationships to support our company’s business processes. Given so many CRM solutions in effective Customer Engagement and Commerce (CEC) programs, it’s imperative that everyone involved knows to identify the best solution that meets the specific needs of their business.
I originally started working with SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer (C4C) a few years ago in the quest for one of the best-suited solutions to solve our business needs. Though progress has been made by most CRM solution providers, many organizations still continue to use this trusted CRM solution to create and sustain business opportunities. Let’s explore the reasons for this.
Choose the right CRM variant combo for your business
SAP Hybris C4C is a secure cloud-based CRM software tailored to complement various business processes. In its broad portfolio, C4C includes sales, customer service, and social CRM. Conjointly, these CRM variants assist teams to shape strong personal associations that accelerate customer engagement across channels. Analyze the benefits these solutions provide, and you’ll see that SAP Hybris C4C provides abundant anticipative vision, spotless execution, and significant customer experience appropriate for contemporary business requirements.
You may wish to have C4C for your business for the abovementioned benefits or for the smooth customer experience it provides across all communication platforms — in-person, telephone, online, social media, and mobile devices. At any rate, you’ll have the Hybris C4C cloud-based CRM application allowing you to:
- Gather sales, service, and social engagement in a unified SaaS CRM system
- Gain a 360°-outline of clients to appreciate their needs
- Benefit from real-time client analytics and vision to refine engagement across channels
- Utilize the omni-channel service features
- Operate business anyplace, at any moment, on any device with a mobile-first approach
- Profit from economical and subscription-based cloud CRM solutions
- Avail out-of-the-box pre-packaged integration features for SAP ECC using HANA Cloud Integration (HCI)
Help your teams improve your business
What do you think about the fact that SAP Hybris C4C Sales, Service, and Social are packed with numerous features to grow the business? I think it’s quite attractive for businesses as it helps these teams to focus on improving the business, while providing CRM connectivity anywhere, anytime, and on any device. The features I am talking about include:
- Account, Contact, Activities, leads, Opportunity, Forecasting, Visits, Quotations, and Order functionalities
- Modern UI interface for the 21st century including powerful search capabilities
- Real-Time analytics with dashboard, forecasting, and reporting
- Integration with ECC, CRM, BI, and BW
- Out-of-the-Box mobile apps with no additional cost, easy to download and use with smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, iPads, iPhones, and iWatches
- Fully featured sync capability for groupware using Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, and Lotus Notes
- Extended features such as collaboration tools (Jam, Social) and personalization (Flags, Tags, and Self)
- Powered by mobility for anytime, anywhere CRM access using mobile devices such as phones, tablets, and smartwatches
Leverage Sales, Service, and Marketing functions
In today’s competitive landscape, organizations use multiple software to increase their sales and productivity and provide rich services to customers. And the employees? They always seek mechanisms that can provide a single point of access to all relevant data. This kind of analysis for the right mechanisms is also time-consuming. SAP Hybris C4C provides the rich capability to bring all solutions together at one place to facilitate data analysis and help improve sales and service.
Through the rich reserve of adapters and integrations made available for SAP C4C users, organizations are assured of a 360°-view of customers. By integrating SAP C4C with third-party applications such as Marketo, Jam, InMind, Ivy Mobility, Revegy, and many more, customers don’t need to spend time on manually gathering information from different applications. All information is made available in a single view. Some of the adapters mentioned in the above picture and their integration with C4C is available to organizations using API as well as mash-ups.
Streamline customer engagement activities by utilizing available functionalities
The approach followed by SAP Social and Service to optimize customer satisfaction utilizes the following features:
- Fully packed with various functionalities such as Email Response Management, Service Request, Field Service, Deal Desk Execution, Employee Help Desk, Routing and Escalation, Workflows, and so on
- Omni-Channel service platform to provide customer service with various channels such as phone (CTI), email, chat, SMS, web self-service portal, branded communities, and social media (Facebook and Twitter)
- Solution Finder and customization to enable integration with knowledge-based applications such as MindTouch
SAP stores data securely in cloud-based applications running on their own data centers located in Australia, Germany, and United States. Customers can choose the data center in which their solution runs. This enables data integrity security, communication security, network security, and so on.
My team has experienced the efficiency with which SAP Cloud solutions manage business information from clients’ key business processes, while conforming to superlative security and quality criteria. How do these solutions do that?
- The business data is stored securely in SAP data centers
- Customers share physical hardware but their data is separated into tenants
- Users who require access to the business data must authenticate themselves, and their identity must be verified by user and access management
Secured data, assured mobility
Customer data always belongs to the customer. They can access the SAP Cloud solution through the following channels:
- Desktop computers
- Portable computers
- Mobile devices
The data centers that support SAP Cloud solutions incorporate multiple safeguards for physical data security and integrity. They also provide high availability of your business data, using redundant networks and power systems. In a nutshell, this can benefit your business by ensuring:
- Asset protection and data integrity
- Power backup and redundancy
- Restricted physical access
- Communication Security
- Network Security
The security of customer data and the assured mobility, powered by various functionalities of SAP Hybris C4C, gives confidence to businesses to use the application to grow their business.
How do you utilize your CRM solution to form healthy customer relationships to strengthen your business processes? Drop me a line below and let me know!
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Author: Anil Poply
Anil is a Managing Consultant – SAP Hybris C4C at Knack Systems with over 10 years of experience across SAP CRM, ECC, and SAP Cloud for Customer solutions. He is a certified professional in SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer. Anil has extensive experience in consulting for CRM solutions such as Cloud for Customer, SAP CRM – Marketing, Sales, Service, Interaction Center, Middle-ware, and non-SAP application integration such as Marketo, ExactTarget, Strongview, Silverpop etc. He has expertise in customer facing business processes for industries such as Manufacturing, Healthcare/Pharmaceutical, Distribution Retail, and Hi-Tech.