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1 Call Center/Telesales Effectiveness Insights 2005 State of the Marketplace Review On-Demand Versus On- Premise CRM Are There Performance Differences? Jim Dickie Partner, CSO Insights Boulder, Colorado Barry Trailer Partner CSO Insights Corte Madera, California

2 Copyright 2006 CSO Insights All Rights Reserved. Terms & Conditions Printed in the United States of America. Except as permitted under the United States Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be produced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval systems, without the prior written permission of the publisher except in the cases of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. For additional information, contact CSO Insights, 4524 Northfield Court, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone: (303) , The reader understands that the information and data used in preparation of this report were as accurate as possible at the time of preparation by the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility to update the information or publication. The publisher assumes that the readers will use the information contained in this publication for the purpose of informing themselves on the matters which form the subject of this publication. It is sold with the understanding that neither the authors nor those individuals interviewed are engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service. If legal or other expert advice is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. The publisher assumes no responsibility for any use to which the purchaser puts this information. All views expressed in this report are those of the individuals interviewed and do not necessarily reflect those of the companies or organizations they may be affiliated with CSO Insights, Insight Technology Group, or Sales Mastery. All trademarks are trademarks of their respective companies. CSO Insights

3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In 1994, CSO Insights published its first report evaluating the impact that Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems had on sales performance. The results were dismal as nearly three-quarters of the projects were failing. Over the following seven years, the technology became more mature, stable, and robust. Project failures turned into project successes to the point where, in 2001, nearly 70% of CRM initiatives were achieving at least some degree of success. But in 2002, - the success curve hit a performance plateau, and in each of the following three years approximately 25% of the companies implementing CRM systems reported significant improvements in sales performance. In the 2005 and 2006 Sales Performance Optimization studies in which over 2,500 companies worldwide were surveyed, there was a noticeable jump to 29% and 33.5% respectively. This led to more detailed analysis of the data to determine the factors that led to this improvement in CRM project successes. In segmenting the data by factors including geography, size of firm, industry, etc. one dynamic stood out the type of system installed. It seemed to have a profound impact on the results achieved through leveraging CRM to improve sales performance. Specifically, there were significant differences in user experiences by firms implementing On-Demand versus On-Premise CRM applications. For the purposes of this analysis, the 2006 Sales Optimization survey responses received from study participants who implemented the leading On-Demand CRM solutions (Salesforce.com, Siebel OnDemand, and NetSuite) were compared with the most widely known enterprise On-Premise CRM systems (Siebel, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, and Microsoft). In the following white paper, these differences are explored indepth. Readers will note that, based on user experiences, On-Demand CRM holds the edge over On-Premise CRM in key areas including: Considerably more firms are achieving significant improvements in performance o 39.8% reported by On-Demand users, compared to 20.8% for On- Premise Dramatically shorter system implementation times o 59.3% of On-Demand Systems implemented in 3 months or less, compared to 15.6% for On-Premise Significantly fewer project budget overruns o 76.5% of On-Demand projects on budget, compared to 43.7% for On- Premise Noticeably higher customer satisfaction ratings o 66.7% of On-Demand users absolutely/very likely to recommend/buy again from their CRM vendor, compared to 34.4% of On-Premise users CSO Insights

4 In this white paper, for each of these areas, the differences in user ratings will be profiled as well as perspectives on the trends that are contributing to these differences in project results. Any questions or comments on these findings should be directed to Jim Dickie, (303) , or Barry Trailer, (415) , e- mail: THE EVOLUTION OF THE CRM PLATFORM The first incarnations of CRM systems appeared on the business scene in the early 1980 s in the form of applications that ran on a number of platforms; IBM mainframes, DOS-based standalone PCs, and UNIX servers. The scalability, stability, and usability of the early incarnations of CRM left much to be desired, and the failure rates of those early projects were 70-80%. In 1994, the CRM world started to embrace client server-based architecture which dealt with a number of the shortcomings of the previous generation of systems. With these improvements, sales grew rapidly as Fortune 500 enterprises signed agreements for thousands of product licenses. The late 90 s saw CRM become viable for the Small/Medium Business (SMB) marketplace as a new delivery method for CRM came onto the scene which treated software as a service (SaaS). Initially referred to as Application Service Provider (ASP)- based CRM, SMB firms were able to access CRM functionality without the need to deal with a myriad of technology issues associated with maintaining systems in-house. Over the past five years, CRM users have aligned themselves into one of two camps; those organizations that have implemented, administered, and maintained their CRM systems in-house (On-Premise) and those who have leveraged the services of a SaaS solution provider (On-Demand) to meet their CRM needs. In , as the success rates of CRM projects were tracked, a flat trend for the firms who implemented a CRM system was evidenced. The results showed that approximately 25% achieved significant improvements in performance of their front office teams, approximately 45% achieved minor improvements, and the remainder witnessed no improvement or did not know what impact CRM was having on their performance. It was questioned as to whether CRM would ever fully deliver on the promise of optimizing sales performance. In our 2005 study, an increase in the number of firms achieving significant improvements was reported by 29.0% of the companies. In the 2006 study, 33.5% of the companies reported significant improvements. These results led us to do a detailed analysis of the study data in the second quarter of 2006 to uncover trends that could be contributing to the increase in performance. When comparing CRM adoption by geography, vertical industry, selling approach, etc. no consistent significant trends emerged. Project success rates were then analyzed based on the type of CRM system that was installed. Initially, we were unsure what, if any, differences we would uncover, as we had found that the conventional wisdom of many CRM project teams today was that all CRM CSO Insights

5 systems are created equal. And in fact, at first pass, the product functionality differences between products today can appear blurry. However, it became apparent that the experiences of CRM system users were quite different based on a key factor. Users of On-Demand CRM systems reported significantly better results than On- Premise CRM users across a variety of different metrics results of which organizations implementing or expanding their CRM platforms should be aware. ON-DEMAND VERSUS ON-PREMISE CRM USER EXPERIENCE COMPARISON Before we share the data findings, let s first categorize what is meant by CRM as it pertains to the following comparison. In our CRM solution developers database, there are more than 140 companies that lay claim to the CRM label when describing their software offerings, some of which take significant liberties with the term. For this analysis, the leading vendors in the cross-enterprise CRM software space were selected those who provide a core suite of CRM capabilities to support sales teams using the On-Premise model (Oracle, Siebel, PeopleSoft, SAP, and Microsoft). In addition the leading firms offering similar solution suites via On-Demand platforms (Salesforce.com, Siebel OnDemand, and NetSuite) were selected. The first comparison was to determine the average length of time these systems had been in use by the companies that deployed them (Figure 1).. Length of Time CRM System Has Been In Production 45% 40% 41.7% 39.6% 35% 34.4% 30% 25% 20% 29.6% 26.0% 28.7% On-Demand On-Premise 15% 10% 5% 0% <12 months months >24 months Figure 1 CSO Insights

6 This chart offers an interesting insight into the evolution of the CRM marketplace. The majority of On-Demand CRM systems have been in use for less than two years. This correlates with the CRM vendor market share numbers we have been tracking since 1999, which show that On-Demand CRM accelerated in popularity beginning in The reason this point is noteworthy can be seen when the level of results companies are achieving as a result of their CRM investments are compared. As mentioned earlier, firms seeing significant improvements in success increased from 25.0% in 2004, to 29.0% in 2005, to 33.5% in As seen in Figure 2; however, this was not a result of a rising tide lifting all boats. Results Generated by CRM System Usage 40% 39.8% 39.6% 35% 30% 33.3% 30.2% 25% 20% 15% 20.8% 15.7% On-Demand On-Premise 10% 11.1% 9.4% 5% 0% Significant Improvements Minor Improvements No Measurable Improvements Do Not Know Figure 2 The conventional wisdom regarding the sameness of CRM begins to be called into question when analyzing the above findings. Sales organizations that implemented systems from the selected vendors that offer On-Demand CRM solutions are seeing a higher rate of significant performance improvement than those sales organizations relying on the On-Premise vendors included in the analysis. When these findings are combined with the data in Figure 1, outlining the length of time that CRM systems have been in production, the impression is that the newer entries into the marketplace (On-Demand CRM) may be responsible for the overall rise in project results over the past two years. These insights caused us to want to better understand the differences in user experiences between the two classes of CRM solutions. The analysis focused on four CSO Insights

7 more metrics collected as part of the study. The first of these was to determine how quickly the CRM system was deployed. Having sat in on numerous vendor presentations, the standard claim heard repeatedly is that the application can be in full production in less than three months. We attempted to qualify these claims in the survey and compare it against On-Premise solutions (Figure 3). CRM System Implementation Time Comparison 60% 59.2% 56.3% 50% 40% 30% 31.5% 28.1% On-Demand On-Premise 20% 15.6% 10% 9.3% 0% <3 Months 3-7 Months > 7 Months Figure 3 The claim that leveraging On-Demand CRM solutions reduces the Information Technology (IT) complexity of the initiative has been one of the cornerstone benefits touted by the proponents of the SaaS model. The data suggest that this is far from an idle assertion. Nearly six in ten firms that implemented On-Demand CRM solutions met the 90-day project completion goal. Conversely, over half of the survey respondents who implemented the On-Premise CRM applications reported implementation times in excess of seven months, something experienced by less than 10% of the study participants who opted to install On-Demand CRM systems. Lengthy system implementation times can have two impacts on a CRM initiative. First, it can delay the realization of performance improvements resulting from the use of CRM technology. Second, it can result in the project exceeding the original budget amount. The extent to which this can be an issue is seen in Figure 4 which summarizes the responses of the survey respondents using On-Demand vs. On-Premise solutions regarding their project costs as related to initial expense projections. CSO Insights

8 CRM Project Actual to Budget Comparison 80% 70% 70.8% 60% 50% 40% 30% 39.4% 30.9% On-Demand On-Premise 20% 21.7% 25.5% 10% 0% 5.7% 4.3% Below Budget On Budget Slightly Over Budget Figure 4 1.9% Significantly Over Budget This chart can easily cause CRM project leaders to shutter if they are considering the use of On-Premise CRM solutions. A total of 56% of the firms surveyed who implemented enterprise On-Premise CRM systems report that they exceeded budget and a significant number reported exceeding their budget significantly. On the other side of the curve, the experience of over three-quarters of the study participants who implemented one of the market-leading On-Demand CRM offerings was that they were on target in terms of project expenditures. This raises a number of questions as to where the budget exceptions come from for On- Premise CRM. Are the costs related to system integration, system customization, end user training, unplanned software expenditures, help desk support, etc.? Also, what makes On-Demand solutions costs more predictable? We will be doing some more detailed surveying into this topic in a research project scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2006 and will send those results to our research clients as soon as we have them. In the meantime, we encourage all organizations who are evaluating CRM solutions to do the proper level of due diligence and talk to other project teams who are six to twelve months ahead of them in the implementation process to fully understand the costs that can be associated with implementing any CRM solution. CSO Insights

9 Further analysis into assessing user views on CRM systems led us to segment the responses received regarding user s attitudes toward their existing vendor. Specifically, we asked the study participants to express their views on Recommending/Buying Again From their solution provider. The summary of the responses is seen in Figure 5. Would Recommend/Buy Again From CRM Vendor Comparison 45% 40% 39.8% 42.7% 35% 30% 25% 20% 26.9% 22.9% 25.9% 21.9% On-Demand On-Premise 15% 10% 5% 12.5% 7.4% 0% Absolutely Very Likely Somewhat Likely Unlikely Figure 5 Previous experience has shown that a response of somewhat likely is often not a positive answer. If this is coming from an existing user regarding recommending their vendor to another peer, it tends to be less than a ringing endorsement. And when considering buying again, it tends to mean that the firm is likely to consider other options. Based on this, the fact that nearly two-thirds of the On-Premise users surveyed chose the somewhat likely or unlikely options shows that differences exist between these two classes of CRM platforms. As seen, the On-Demand users experiences were more positive. Conclusion Over the past two years, more CRM projects are generating positive returns in terms of helping sales teams improve their performance. We are more comfortable than ever in recommending that companies include CRM as part of their plans to improve the effectiveness of their sales teams. CSO Insights

10 As always, when starting any CRM initiative, whether you are looking to implement your first system or reevaluate/enhance what you already have in place, we encourage you to fully define the problems you are going trying to solve. Doing so on the front end of the project will be valuable in helping determine which types of CRM systems best fit your needs. However, once the class of CRM tools is determined, the assumption should not automatically be made that all the vendors in that class offer equivalent solutions. The data clearly suggest that when comparing On-Demand and On-Premise offerings, significant differences between vendor solutions exist and need to be fully explored during your vendor evaluations. Research clients who want to discuss this analysis in more detail or would like examples of ways firms are effectively leveraging CRM technology to optimize sales performance should call to discuss specifics. Contact Jim Dickie at (303) , or Barry Trailer at (415) , About CSO Insights CSO Insights is a research firm that specializes in benchmarking how companies are leveraging people, process, technology, and knowledge to optimize the way they market and sell to customers. Over the past 12 years, CSO Insight s sales effectiveness survey of over 7,500 sales effectiveness initiatives has become the benchmark for tracking the evolution of how the role of sales is changing, the challenges that are impacting sales performance, and most importantly, what companies are doing to address these issues. For more information on this research go to CSO Insights

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