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Front-to-back-office Integration: Improving Your Customer Life Cycle Management
Research shows that back-office connectivity is not addressed by many customer relationship management (CRM) solutions@meaning, customer data cannot be shared

cashflow diagram  as invoicing, accounts receivable, cashflow management, and financial reporting. While front-office applications have historically been developed around the idea of cross-organizational collaboration, back-office applications, by contrast, have been insular in nature, with the finance department slow to open up its data and applications to other parts of the organization. Additionally, many companies have continued to purchase their CRM and ERP applications from separate specialist vendors. This

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