Gartner Research

The Eight Building Blocks of CRM: Technology

Published: 29 August 2018

ID: G00349351

Analyst(s): Olive Huang


Application leaders supporting CRM and customer experience strain to keep up with rapid change in CRM application portfolios, architecture and processes. Learning the technological building blocks of CRM will let them determine the best approach to deploying CRM solutions across their organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Bring in Different Governance and Technology Frameworks for CRM Systems of Innovation, Differentiation and Record
  • Determine Which CRM Applications Will Be Moved Onto SaaS and Which Will Stay On-Premises
  • Use a Weighted Evaluation Model for Vendor and Software Selection
  • Architect CRM Applications to Enable Continuous Customer Intelligence and Cross-Departmental Collaboration in the Customer Life Cycle
  • Approach Privacy in Customer Interactions as a Business Enabler Instead of Only as a Compliance Requirement

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