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Are Sales Incentives Even In Tune With the Corporate Strategy?
With sales being the lifeblood of virtually any company, selling should be an accurately accountable process forming the basis of overall strategic objectives

sales quotas and incentives  sales commissions to their sales force (who have, to be fair, all reached their quotas, even if the quotas were inadvertently set wrongly by their superiors), even as the companies in question suffer terrible losses, and possibly go out of business. For more on pertinent issues, see The Case for Pricing Management . One of the things that is often missing is a good system of metrics for gauging whether the incentive plan is optimally driving revenue. With the wrong metrics or incentive plans, every compan

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Sales Force Automation (SFA)

Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems help sales and marketing teams with functions related to taking orders, generating proposals or quotes, managing territories, managing partners, and maintaining contact data. Systems often include various levels of analytic and reporting capabilities. 

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