CRM Vision: Essential For Digital Transformation

Many CRM initiatives suffer from a lack of vision. The challenges we’ve seen over the years follow a familiar pattern.

Organizations breaking from a common pattern can implement CRM in a way that transforms their business.

Let’s look at a progression that culminates in more successful outcomes.

Faulty Assumptions 

Those new to CRM and the CRM buying process often embark on their journey believing they can simply attend a few demonstrations, choose a solution, and then automatically reap the benefits for their business.

Resistance to Change

Introducing a CRM system into an organization brings powerful new capabilities, improves visibility and accountability, and enhances sales and service.

But fully harnessing this power requires a concerted effort to pioneer new ways of working, thinking, and operating.

Recognizing this reality can be unsettling to those who expected to “checkbook engineer” a digital transformation by subscribing to CRM software.

Incorporating Risk Mitigation

It’s not always easy to convince management of the need to invest in the necessary participation and mental energy to define goals, prioritize objectives, and assign responsibilities.

Leading in this way means taking ownership and accepting associated risks. It can be easy to take shortcuts and dismiss a visioning effort as “analysis paralysis.”

Adopting a Proven Process

To overcome these common obstacles, people within organizations have had to think outside the box and incorporate components of a CRM vision into regular Discovery, Planning, and Vendor Preparation stages.

A CRM Workshop, which is a culmination of the process, should include templates that cover the following items:

  • Business Objectives
  • CRM Objectives
  • Key Success Factors
  • Data Governance
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Application Ecosystem
  • CRM Roadmap

A structured approach benefits everyone involved. The process is simplified, and even before scheduling the first demonstration, there is a CRM vision in place — in fact, it’s often the vision that determines the vendor shortlist.

Having a clear vision from the start is crucial to the success of any CRM implementation. It sets the direction, aligns stakeholders, and ensures the chosen CRM solution is tailored to the organization’s needs and goals.

The importance of a CRM vision should never be underestimated — it’s the foundation for a transformative CRM journey.

Daryn Reif

Co-founder and Managing Partner at CRM Switch

CRM Switch Co-founder & Managing Partner

Daryn Reif has accumulated an unusually broad base of experience, having led sales, marketing, technology, and general management teams within both public and private companies. His current focus is helping companies harness CRM and Marketing Automation technologies to achieve revenue growth, increased profitability, and enhanced company value.

Over his extensive 25-year career as a management consultant, Daryn has served as a trusted advisor to numerous companies spanning a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, technology, and telecommunications. Daryn specializes in digital transformation strategy and change management.

His personal mission is straightforward: to delight clients, find enjoyment in his work, and continue to keep learning. Throughout his career, he has made a name for himself by doing what he loves most—repairing, building, and nurturing businesses.

His current focus is helping companies harness CRM and Marketing Automation technologies to achieve revenue growth, increased profitability, and enhanced company value.


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