Radio Interview Silvana Buljan: “The heart of the matter”

By Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners consulting

What is CCM (Customer Centric Management)? How does it differ from CRM (Customer Relationship Management)?

While CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is closely linked to data, systems, technology, software, etc., CCM (Customer Centric Management) revolves around the customer. Although technology is also important in CCM, it needs to go a step further, given that, besides using technology, CCM requires a customer-oriented definition of processes. CCM also requires trained staff who can provide a good customer experience, since good customer service is always the objective. It is precisely a customer-based model rather than a product-based model what differentiates CCM and CRM.

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The new rules of the game for Customer Intelligence

Written by Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners Consulting

When it comes to Customer-Centric Leadership supported by sophisticated technology I have learned something new about the current standard of customer analytics. All of us agree that we need to analyze all the data we have available for our customers to give them a better service: transactional data, profiling, behavioral data, etc. And most of us agree about the enormous efforts made in customer analytics: after a complex process of parameterization and qualification of data it sometimes takes weeks for marketing professionals to receive target group segments in order to conduct personalized campaigns. It seems that this will be redundant in the near future with recent developments at big database technology vendors, who are all going for the same concept: in-memory storage. My reduced knowledge of database technology did not keep me from understanding the new functionality of the new SAP 360 customer application based on HANA at the annual SAP Sapphire event in Madrid. If what I have seen is really how it works, it is an amazing step towards “democratization” of the availability and analysis of customer data across the organization. Even marketing and service professionals will be able to segment unstructured customer data – in real-time – without having to make internal requests for data queries to their IT departments.

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