CRM Stands for Customer Relationship Management. It is a software which stores Customer information such as Contact persons and Addresses, Product details such as Products and related Price books and Transactional data such as Opportunities, Quotes, Orders, Invoices and so on and so forth. We can also store information related to Services such as Assets, Cases, … It helps to make a report using the above data and increase the sales revenue. Salespersons can easily get the information related to the organization and make decisions accordingly. It helps to maintain data at a centralized place so that, every person can access the same data. Now, we understood the importance of CRM. You may have a confusion in choosing the best CRM for your Business.
Here, we are comparing SAP’s C4C CRM and Salesforce CRM to find out the advantages and disadvantages of both and choose the best.
C4C stands for ‘Cloud for Customer’. It runs on SAP HANA Cloud Platform and offers Sales and Services. It’s suitable for a large scale enterprise.
- When coming to User Interface, Salesforce User interface is very easy and SAP User Interface is not user-friendly. Considering a Salesforce Chatter UI, it’s very easy to use as it is taken from Facebook’s UI.
- Salesforce is also working on ‘Lightning’ which is being built on users feedback and enables salespersons to work faster and smarter.
- When you are highly interested in Industry-related components and solutions, SAP is very good at it. Salesforce is still limited to B2C. Maintaining third-party components is difficult due to frequent releases in Salesforce.
- The SAP provides 24/7 worldwide toll-free support for all non-technical queries. It takes time and energy to resolve the issues. Salesforce not only provides the support it also helps Customers to make decisions and grow their business. It has different levels of support based on which the response time can be reduced. There is phone support for which the customer has to pay 12-15% of their subscription charges.
- Salesforce acquired Krux, a data management platform, and it’s artificial intelligence software, Einstein to enhance the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. SAP BW provides Budget planning, tracking marketing spending, funds management & tracking ROI to organizations.
- Salesforce also has a mobile app. Custom apps can be built for Android and IOS and they can directly list in the App Stores. SAP Hybris helps to enhance the existing solution with microservices and software-as-a-service applications.
- Quip is acquired by Salesforce to centralize the team’s work and communication. Salesforce also enabled its users to use Single Sign-On (SSO) to access Quip with their Salesforce username and password. Salesforce provides Live Apps to centralize work into one place. In this, teams and users can embed anything from a Salesforce record to a poll, calendar, or full-blown native app into a Quip document.
- SAP has a cloud-based enterprise social networking suite called SAP Jam. It’s an app which helps organizations to connect their customers, partners, and employees in the cloud. It also offers project collaboration tools, task management, discussions and polls, instant messaging, discussions and chat rooms, document and content sharing, microblogging, and personal profiles.
Offers Strategic advisory service
Offers industry-specific capabilities for 15 industries
|Has an upper hand in terms of cloud integration, app customization and third-party extensibility
|Available globally both on-premises and in the cloud, which is a big advantage for companies worried about latency.
|Provides an easier user interface and more engaging social selling capabilities
|Performs seamlessly within an SAP ecosystem
Creating an industry-specific version of the product is costly and time-consuming
Provides less Customer support and problem resolution assistance
|Available just in the cloud
|Its UI is not intuitive as Salesforce
|Provides weaker integration with on-premise applications and services
|May not be lucrative for Small and Medium Business Customers
From the above, both CRM systems can address a wide range of business requirements including small and complex. CRM system should be chosen based on the business requirement and which can handle your future enhancements in the business. You should also consider the current system you are using and its compatibility with the new CRM. If you are using SAP ERP Applications, SAP CRM can seamlessly integrate with it. Considering a cloud-based ecosystem, Salesforce performs better with respect to cloud integration, software customization, and third-party extensibility.
Now, you can easily integrate your SAP ERP and Salesforce CRM to automate the business process!