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How to pass PMP within Three months, A three step guide! and in Less than $1100

Passing PMP , a laborious, boring, tedious, time consuming and sometimes confusing as lot of people , lot of resources, several views , Ultimately I passed PMP in March 2012 exam and I would like to publish an ebook to help PMP aspirants in passing the exam in their first attempt and within specified budget which is less than $1062 ( Imagine $5000 charged for classes by trainers) . The guide helps you what books/material need to purchase, what classes to attend to get PDUs, what are the fees how to apply for PMP,

The ebook covers

Step1: Where to Start

First things first! The books explains you clearly where to start and next steps!

Step2: Books and other material to buy

Its unfortunate that there is a bundle of information available in the market and you may buy several books from many publishers adding to your preparation time and cost and some times never ending journey.

Step 3: Preparation plan

A good , simple and easy plan for 2 months preparation plan in excel spread sheet to help you study and plan for the exam

On line Help/ forums

I will give list of on-line forums which help you clarify your doubts and for further help

all will cost you $10 and you can readsamplehere


My Post - Avoid Several Restarts of Siebel (SWSE) Web Server After Each Build

When changes made to the browser scripts, customized images, style sheets, help files these files are copied to the respective folders under Siebel root/ Siebel Server/ Webmaster. To synchronize the changes to the web server, The Siebel web server usually restarted.

Restarting the Siebel web servers after each build is tedious task when you have several builds from development to testing or other environments.

to continue reading.....


Constraining PIck List Based On Positions

Hi Friends

I have got the following requirement:

I have an LOV type Account_type and values Gold,Bronze and Silver. I have got two positions
Rep and Manager. Now the requirement is Rep cant see the Gold and Manager need to see all values.


One way is using scripting as in the following link

The other way is configuration.

Create profile attributes for the position and give values rep as 01 and manager as 02.
Please see some where on the web for this step

create calculated filed and put the value as GetProfileAttr("Yourprofileattributeinstep1")


Select the filed in BC which has the pick list for that particular LOV and add constraint
as below

Filed: Calculated filed created in step2 and
picklist field as your subtype field in picklist generic BC


Create LOVs as below

Type Value subtype

The Catch:

The calculated field should get the value as 2,1 for Manager and Rep.

Hope this could help you.


IRC Chat Siebel

Hello Siebel Guys... here is the IRC Chat for Siebel

Siebel IRC Chat


Siebel Support Transition Planning Template

I have prepared a knowledge transition plan in one of my projects for getting the project from onsite( vendor support ) to offshore and operationalise the support with the internal support team. I hope this will definitely will help and save the time to the fellow managers when they need to work on acquiring Siebel support projects/vendor transition.

Keywords: Siebel Support planning, Knowledge acquisition of Siebel support, operationalise Siebel Support

You can download the same from the below link from Google docs.Siebel Support Transition Plan - Template


How to manage application with vendors effectively

One of my friends was asking me how to manage the vendor so that we have smooth operations and IT support without having major or minor hiccups in the vendor-buyer relationshipand support process.

The approach and management of the vendor depends and changes based on whether is it existing relationship or is it new contract and I am concentrating on the former in this blog. If it is existing relationship and vendor already supporting the systems, We need to plan very carefully as it involves understanding the existing systems, taboos, formal and informal communication systems, problems and solutions, team dynamics and need for improvements.

In order to manage the vendor relationship positively and effectively, I have divided this blog post in to five major areas to get the grip on the entire system and maintain the momentum.
  1. Stake holders
  2. Applications supported and sensitive application areas, previous issues, problems and solutions, organizational assets and processes (SLAs, Model templates and Communication channels),
  3. Support planning
  4. Execution
  5. Monitoring and Controlling

Vendor management cannot be done in isolation without understanding details of the above five major areas. Let us look into the details of the each area.
  1. Stakeholders:

What we need to know?

We need to identify the stakeholders and prepare the list of all the stake holders (both Internal and external). After finishing the identification of the stakeholders, classify these stake holders based on their power, legitimacy and influence based onsalience modeldescribed.

Understand the stakeholders’ needs in terms of their area of interest viz-a-viz application, reporting requirements, problem areas, previous escalations etc., Once we understand these details, we get sense of the overall user base, organizational structure, various stake holder, their needs and their priorities.

How do you get it? Tools and Techniques.
  1. Conducting meetings
  2. Reading available documents - organizational process assets.
  3. Meeting/interviewing people personally.
  4. Consult senior managers for help and feedback

  1. List of all stakeholders.
  2. Stakeholders' business needs.
  3. Stakeholders' priorities.
  4. Understanding of the reporting needs.
  5. Classified list of Stakeholders - power, influence, who can help and who need information etc,
  6. Application users,
  7. List of vendors and the teams
  8. Applications - vendors support matrix
  1. Support processes and the application

What we need to know?

Once you get the fair idea of the stake holders, their priorities and needs, the next step is to understand support process and the applications the organization is supporting. Find out the list of services, application areas, communication channels, escalation points, reporting formats and requirements, out of the office hours supporting mechanisms, terms and conditions in SLAs, on call support and costs, target requirements.

After understanding the support process, you would get an idea of the applications being supported, priority and sensitive areas of the services supported by the vendor, list of problems, implications and solutions.

How do you get it? Tools and Techniques.
  1. Study the SLAs
  2. Meet the users and browse through the applications
  3. Guided application/s navigation
  4. Organize user meetings
  5. Study previous reports/formats
  6. Stakeholder-Report matrix.
  7. Vendor team and capability matrix

  1. List of services and application supported by the vendor
  2. Priority of the services/applications
  3. Urgency/Importance of the services
  4. Reports by the vendor
  5. Reports by the business and to the business
  6. Communication channels - formal and informal communication
  7. Escalation process
  8. Understanding the support system– Help desk, remedy, same time etc.
  1. Support planning

It involves planning for all the activities that requires successful planning of all activities need to be done.

What we need to know?

Once we have the above list of supported applications, users and its matrix's, you plan for regular routine activities and new enhancements to support the system smoothly. We need to identify daily routines such as any incidents/requests opened, priority, issue logs, check lists of support activities, weekly routines such as meetings, status reports and monthly routines and so on and clear plan of action for the routines and change request which are result of bugs. For example, If we get new enhancement who will approve it, time taken for change implementation, go live etc.

How do you get it? Tools and Techniques.

We need to take all the outputs from the previous process and analyze, prepare lists of routine activities of daily, monthly nature and ad-hoc activities. Prepare list of reports and formats and users of these reports. If you get any doubt, go back to the previous steps and repeat it until clear idea of the planning. Discuss with the senior mangers of the planning process and get inputs from them and modify your plan.

Meet the vendor team and understand the work culture, abilities,team structure and reporting organization. This will help you in understanding the team dynamics and abilities of the vendor team and results in better estimation of the work load and planning.


You have the clear plan of what are all the things you need to do regularly
  1. List of daily , weekly activities and monthly activities
  2. Change control process and implementation
  3. Reports and reviews plans and formats
  4. Vender reports and meetings and its frequency
  5. Issue logs and regular updates to issue logs.
  1. Execution

This stage involves performing all activities we have planed in the previous step.

What we need to know?

We need to work with the Vendor/the team and business users to provide the good support regularly. We need to have constant look at the issue logs, all routine activities and report to the business users periodically and incorporate the changes into the plan/process. We also need to send and get reports from vendors regarding the status of the incidents and enhancement requests and verify the same..

How do you get it? Tools and Techniques.
  1. Always well inform the vendor on the priorities and issues.
  2. Inform the vendor on business implications
  3. Use effective communication channels such as phone calls / meetings/Personal visits
  4. Regularly report the issue status and have the live issue log
  5. Regular follow up
  6. Share metrics with the users and vendors.
  7. Root cause analysis

  1. Status of the support and enhancement
  2. Problems faced by business and vendors– related to technical/business
  3. Performance against the targets
  4. Issues which need to planning
  5. Feedback from the existing systems and processes.
  6. New changes and planning
  7. Incident patterns
  8. root cause
  1. Monitoring and Controlling

It involves looking into the processes which are planed and executed for smooth support process are running/ working properly and correcting activities which are not as per the plan/not able to achieve desired output so that we are back on track to have good customer satisfaction.

What we need to know?

we need to measure the performance against the the plan and take corrective actions. To do this we need to do the below activities.
  1. Progress against the plan
  2. List of activities and its percentage completion
  3. Process and plan revisions
  4. Status of the tickets

How do you get it? Tools and Techniques.
  1. Have the reports and verify it. Ensure things are as per the plan. Information is correct and accurate.
  2. Issue logs and status
  3. Metrics analysis and plan for the resolutions for it
  4. Have regular formal and informal meetings, feedback.
  5. Surveys with internal and external stakeholders and action plans
  6. Earned value metrics for enhancements/major changes
  7. Status meetings

  1. Changes to the plans and activities
  2. Changes to the support system
  3. Plan for the new changes
  4. Improved reporting systems
  5. Enhanced customer satisfaction.
  6. feedback to the vendor


    Rename a File in Batch File

    The Following helps in renaming a file using datatime stamp

    // you are creating date stamp variable

    FOR /F "tokens=1-4 delims=/ " %%i in ('date/t') do set d=%%k%%j%%l

    // you are creating Time stamp variable

    FOR /F "tokens=1-9 delims=:. " %%i in ('time/t') do set t=%%i%%j
    // Here Renaming

    ren abcd.doc new_%d%%t%.doc


    ?The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections?

    “The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections” error can be solved and conencted to the computer by entering the following script at run

    mstsc /v: /console

    Replace with your server’s IP Address or server name.


    DAC Error Address already in use: JVM_Bind

    The Poroblem:

    DAC fails with the following error and wont restart!
    ANOMALY INFO::: There is already a QSERVER running at the port 3141
    Shutting down server...
    MESSAGE:::Address already in use: JVM_Bind
    EXCEPTION CLASS::: java.net.BindException

    java.net.PlainSocketImpl.socketBind(Native Method)
    com.siebel.etl.net.QServer.bind(Unknown Source)
    com.siebel.etl.net.QServer.(Unknown Source)
    com.siebel.etl.net.QServer.main(Unknown Source)
    6 SEVERE Mon Aug 20 00:11:25 EDT 2007
    ANOMALY INFO::: There is already a QSERVER running at the port 3141
    Shutting down server...
    MESSAGE:::Address already in use: JVM_Bind
    EXCEPTION CLASS::: java.net.BindException


    netstat -a -n -o 3141

    Then identify the process Id and kill that process using task manager and restart your DAC servre.


    On demand CRM why or why not

    on demand crm is get popularity as it is simple to impliment and maintain. The other side of the coin are the data security, customozation,integartion as per the client requirements are some of the issues need to be considered.

    Richard Smith Vice President of CRM strategy, put together an article arguing why on-premise CRM is better than on-demand CRM. He brings up several good points such as security, cost, integration, and speed as to why on premise CRM is better.

    you can visit his complete article at



    Put to the Test: Oracle BI Enterprise Edition

    Very good article from Cindi Howson http://www.intelligententerprise.com/channels/infomanagement/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199200745

    The tool is good at

    Meta data layer as three layers number one physical layer, business modeling and mapping layer and presentation layer. Using physical layer, you can connect to any database and BMM layer provides source independence and business logical view of the report requirement. Its very simple tool and creating simple joins is a click away. Simple joiner joins with primary keys.

    View blog authority


    Implementing Siebel Analytics? CRM

    I would like to explain the implementation methodology for Siebel CRM analytics provided by oracle. I prefer the following methodology for implementing Siebel analytics– Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

    Understanding stage:
    Identify and understand the following.

    How facts are calculated
    Who uses them
    Key facts or measures
    what are the dimensions
    What are the problems areas for the business to monitor
    Identify measures and dimensions
    Organize dimensions and measures into subject areas.
    Data sources

    To know the above we need to understand

    Business of the customer,
    Business objectives
    How the performance is measured and drilldown this measure into subject areas
    Users and levels
    Types of the reports


    Subject areas identified
    Facts and measures are identified
    User types are identified
    Data sources available

    Design stage:

    Compare the reports available in vanilla Siebel analytics
    Start development on 75% and above matching answers and dash boards
    Later add new dashboards and answers
    Compare Subject areas and identify the subject areas matching with the subject areas identified
    Add the subjects new subject areas only when the existing subject areas not meeting the requirements
    Align the repository design according to the subject area requirements.
    Start either from the presentation layer or business model layer

    Validate and testing:

    1. Validate and test whether the user requirements are met and then follow from the understanding stage.


    Practice Linux online

    Today I found an excellent web for newbies to Linux. The site offers both tutorials and also online terminals such telnet, ssh or java telnet client. Using one of these clients you can login to remote virtual machine by root user and start practicing your sessions from the tutorials.

    The site ishttp://linuxzoo.net, first you need to
    Register and login to account links.

    After that join queue
    Then switch on the system.

    Once you get the run or completed prompt, go to connect and copy the url/ip to your telnet client.
    That’s all it so nice.


    Good CRM Blog

    i found one good crm blog which deals all about the CRM..such as resources, books softares and trends..just go through this you can get to know.



    Employee Relationship management

    I feel many of the organizations try to follow the procedures and not interested in processes


    CRM Scope - INDIA

    In india , the CRM market still underdeveloped or not aware of in the SME zone. The sme zone cane be
    mini and large (chain)super markets
    government agencies
    transportation agencies
    IT companies..(employee relationship management)
    out of the few above, the government could be the best fit for CRM. Many open source products are available in the market and can be easily implemented.
    Some of them are ..
    i will write next on employee relationship management in my next post


    Siebel Analytics installation flow.

    1. Install Prerequisites
      set environment variables
    2. Install the Analytics Platform
      Create scheduler tables
    3. Install analytics applications
      Customer centric applications such as supply chain management
    4. Install Informatica
      Patch it if required
    5. Configure DAC
    6. Create DAC Mata data repository
    7. Create data warehouse tables
    8. Upgrade transactional database schema
    9. Create delete triggers
    10. Create informatica repository
    11. Configure informatica repository
    12. Set up Informatica server
    13. Set up informatica repository server
    14. Set server in workflow manager
    15. load seed data for customer centric applications
      Merge ANALYTIC repositories IF ANY


    Few Important Basics Analytics

    Foreign key in FACT table has reference to the primary key in dimension table.
    Business model has two or more logical tables and each table has two or more logical columns. Logical table is on top of Physical table. It can combine the contents of two or more physical tables or from other logical tables.
    Facts are analyzed by dimensions.
    In hierarchical dimension, one attributes rolls up to ANOTHER, FORMING ONE TO MANY RELATIONSHIP.
    Star and Snowflake:
    Stars have one to many relationships between the logical dimension tables and logical Fact tables.
    Snow flake has relationships between dimensions too
    Create bridge table, to create many to many relationships between dimension tables and fact tables.


    Basics of Siebel analytics solutions

    Siebel provides the following three types of analytics.

    Stand alone analytics
    Siebel analytics (CRM)
    Siebel analytics ( enterprise)

    Stand alone analytics Basics:

    Siebel provides platform components to access the data warehouse (custom) and analytics administration tool to create and edit Meta data content, used to create reports and analytics server to process client requests and analytics web server to provide answers and dash boards over web.

    Siebel Analytics (CRM)

    Siebel Analytics (CRM) provides a customized data ware house (SRMW)and pre built Meta data (repository data) content that is useful to analyze the users business which has already deployed any customer application. This is provided in addition to the components provided as part of Siebel analytics. The limitation is users cant access other database other than CRM application data and customized data ware house

    Siebel analytics (enterprise)

    In addition to all of the above, customers can access any data base if they got enterprise license.


    Open source CRM and analytics

    Open source an interesting area where I am interested in starting business. Does any one of you interested please ping me


    Siebel Analytics Open Intelligence Interface nqserrormsg.cat

    When installing open intelligence interface we get an error“cant copy ***.cat file as it is already existing” . to avoid this we need to stop all Siebel analytics services and also take back up of that particular file and reinstall again. You can successful install


    Localdb/Mobile Client login errors

    Today I got a peculiar issue where one of my developer usually able to log in and work properly, suddenly he is facing errors“the authentication subsystem failed, user name and password entered is incorrect”.

    Diagnosis: The user is directly working on the server and he established two connections and in one of the session, dbgen.exe using the database so no new connections are established.

    As local database is already used by the dbgen process and another process cant be initiated and the developer is receiving an the above error

    Solution: Kill the dbgen process and login.


    How to shutdown the remote system

    To day i got a problem in rebooting the system and i serched the web and found the process. to shoutdown any system remotely, you should be in the same network and should have access. if you have access to the system, then issue the follwoing command

    Shutdown /r /f /m//machinenameor IP/t 20 /d p:5:12 /c "shutting down as it is not reboted properly"

    r : restart
    f :forcbly
    m: followed by machine name
    t :wait time in seconds
    d p : planned/unplanned follwoed by integer number
    c : reason for restart.

    Note:This command is used only in windows servers.


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