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  • Ignite Microsoft Dynamics CRM with a Game Showcase [WEBINAR]
    Ignite Microsoft Dynamics CRM with a Game Showcase [WEBINAR]

    Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance has invited Senior Business Strategist and CRM Gamification Specialist Karel Tamchyna with CRMGamified® to present during our next webinar for your inspiration: Ignite Microsoft Dynamics CRM with a Game Showcase. This presentation will include reasons and benefits for gamifying the business solutions, principles of business solutions gamification, case studies on how gamification is helping organizations to grow, a quick look at ROI of gamified CRM solutions and a Microsoft Dynamics CRM and CRMGamified® demo. This webinar will take place Thursday May 8, 2014 at 9-10 AM UCT (3-4 PM London time) – Please request an invitation at dynaa@microsoft.com .   Read more →

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  • A reflection on Convergence 2014
    A reflection on Convergence 2014

    It was a memorable experience being part of Microsoft (MS) Convergence 2014 held few weeks ago in Atlanta. Apart from the rich cultural experience that is being amongst 12000 people from over 100 different countries, one also can’t help but glean some nuggets of information that are worth sharing. The first is to dispel the myth that the conference is an event that exists solely to generate business.  While that is part and parcel of the experience, I actually believe that Convergence provides two main objectives for us. One: to understand a little better Microsoft’s initiatives from the Dynamics point Read more →

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  • Convergence 2014 – Thank you all!
    Convergence 2014 – Thank you all!

    Hi everybody! Such an exciting week! We had another awesome Convergence and this time we were so busy we barely had time to party… What?… We said “barely”! It’s not like we didn’t party at all! :P We’d like to thank you all for the great feedback we got from you for the new upcoming version of CRMGamified! Our colleagues, our partners, our friends, thank you all! It’s a great pleasure to meet with you every year and we are always sad when it ends. Here are a few highlights from our twitter feed: The Georgia World Conference Center is Read more →

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  • Game Change | CRMGamified at Convergence 14 – Day 1
    Game Change | CRMGamified at Convergence 14 – Day 1

    Hi everybody! Another Convergence is here! And with an attendance of 12,200 people on site it’s really going to be amazing! The keynote set the tone for this awesome 3-day Conference. Everything in the new MS Dynamics is going to be unified with focus on the customer: CRM, marketing automation, social media, and more. We got to see cool screenshots of these new gorgeous looking updates. Talk about igniting our passion. That’s how you start a Convergence event! As for our little Shop of Fun, we’ve been kept busy. Many people come to our Booth #2921 and ask about CRMGamified Read more →

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  • Sneak Peek of the new CRMGamified! – Only at Convergence 2014
    Sneak Peek of the new CRMGamified! – Only at Convergence 2014

    Hello everybody! We are getting closer by the minute! As you can probably imagine we are currently planning our trip to Atlanta to take part in Convergence 14 in just a few days. Now, there’s something about our trip we can tell you: we are not packing light! At this very moment CRMGamified® is getting revamped by our talented developers and designers. We are launching a new version with new features and a cool new user interface. And guess who’s going to be the first in the world to see the new CRMGamified®? That’s right! It’s going to be you! Just Read more →

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  • Convergence 2014: Atlanta, Georgia on our minds!
    Convergence 2014: Atlanta, Georgia on our minds!

    Hello Everybody! Can you feel the excitement in the air? Here at CRMGamifed’s Headquarters an old sweet song keeps Georgia on our minds… It’s that time of the year again! The Microsoft Dynamics Community is getting ready for another Convergence and you bet we’ll be there again! We had so much fun last year, remember? We played a “Kinect-ized” version of CRMGamified with you, we got to hang out with friends and partners and we officially introduced CRMGamifed to you and the rest of the world. Convergence is the opportunity to share our experiences, learn from each other and hear the latest Read more →

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  • CRMUG PARTNER SHOWCASE CRMGamified (January 2014)

    Hello everybody! Missed CRMUG Partner Showcase Webinar featuring CRMGamified® last week? Worry Not! We’ve got you covered! The recording was just made available. Head out to CRMUG’s web site or just watch it live right here:   Enjoy! And, as always, feel free to send us your comments. Read more →

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  • Gamification helping with change management … where the engagement crisis hurts most.

    In today’s complex and uncertain business environment, change (or transformation) is required more often, with higher complexity and overall scope as well. Such programs pose significant challenges on the entire organization: implementation work need to be done on top of the day-to-day job and worse, change often involves fear and resistance. Therefore change management might be the area in the enterprise today, where the engagement crisis is strongest. Another challenge in change programs is the fact that most companies are not “equipped” for it. Because they consider it too often as a “one-off” event, they either hire consultants or invent Read more →

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  • Zero2Ten Inc. and CRMGamified® has today confirmed their CRM user adoption obsession
    Zero2Ten Inc. and CRMGamified® has today confirmed their CRM user adoption obsession

    Alpheretta, GA Zero2Ten Inc has today announced its strategic partnership with CRMGamified®. Zero2Ten Inc has a long tradition of keeping Dynamics CRM simple and driving user adoption as a pre requisite to a successful deployment. Zero2Ten have over 750 CRM customers and add more customers than any other partner onto the Microsoft CRM Online platform, Zero2Ten are excited at the opportunity of bringing CRMGamified® to their new customers to drive user adoption and ownership. CRMGamified® is a specialist in applying gamification in CRM through its groundbreaking add-on solution to Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Gamification is mostly about fun and recognition; it Read more →

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  • Getting Ready to Gamify Tampa Florida – CRMUG Summit 2013
    Getting Ready to Gamify Tampa Florida – CRMUG Summit 2013

    Hi Everybody! Just wanted to write a quick post to let you all know that if you’re going to be in Tampa Florida next week you’ll get the chance to enjoy the company of the one and only Pablo Peralta! That’s right we are going to be present at the CRMUG Summit 2013 and we are sending our top man, our making-work-fun specialist (…ok, he’s also our MS Dynamics CRM MVP but he likes that other title better) . So, if you want to, you may attend his presentation at 11:15 on Tuesday, or you can just chat with him Read more →

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  • Invitation to CRMUG Summit 2013 in Tampa.

    Ignite Dynamics CRM with a Game. Are you participating in the CRMUG Summit 2013 in Tampa this year? CRM Gamification: The New Paradigm for Achieving End User Engagement Painlessly Join this session at the CRMUG Summit to learn how to leverage your Dynamics CRM investments, and how to  get users truly engaged – delivering better data quality, helping them to focus on their goals, and achieving   better business results while having fun. Join an industry expert and CRM MVP in this exciting session. Register now! Learn how to increase user adoption by applying gamification tactics in your Microsoft Dynamics CRM Read more →

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  • How fun and recognition changes everything in CRM…

    Hi, As some of you may know, in the last CRMUG Magazine issue I wrote about gamification in CRM and cited a personal anecdote on how I changed the negative corporate CRM sales training atmosphere and turned it into positive one, once I injected a bit of fun into it. I received many e-mails when the article got published and many of them were related to this anecdote. From those I could sense that I was not the only on e who run into difficult situations during CRM trainings. In this post, I want to briefly share with you another anecdote that Read more →

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  • CRM Gamification: Uplifting the Business spirit! [WEBINAR]
    CRM Gamification: Uplifting the Business spirit! [WEBINAR]

    If you are interested in learning more about the newest market trend in charging the business solutions with youthful energy, register for one of our upcoming webinars by following the link below. CRM Gamification – Uplifting the Business spirit! There are still few seats available! Hurry and register by following the link below. Click here to register now! Agenda: Learn how to increase user adoption by applying gamification tactics in your Microsoft Dynamics CRM implementation. Introduction to Gamification in Business Introduction to Gamification in CRM A lap around CRMGamified® and CRMGamified® Mobile Day in the life of Sales Professional | Read more →

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  • CRMGamified® 2013 is here!
    CRMGamified® 2013 is here!

    Hold on to your seat, this is an IMPORTANT announcement by CRMGamified®… Today, we are publicly announcing the release of the new version of our leading gamification add-on for Microsoft® Dynamics CRM, CRMGamified® 2013. It has been an exciting time for our company, also filled with many sleepless nights since our first CRMGamified® release at Convergence 2013 in New Orleans, where we introduced a new paradigm, a solution for assisting with CRM user adoption, leaving many customers, MVPs, Microsoft team members and partners  absolutely dazzled when stopping by our booth. Big THANKS goes to the 120+ companies in 25+ countries around Read more →

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  • TGIF Post: The Times Square Dunk Me Campaign [VIDEO]
    TGIF Post: The Times Square Dunk Me Campaign [VIDEO]

    Hi Everybody! Friday is here and you know what that means! It’s time for a TGIF post. You know how we usually share videos about cool Below-The-Line marketing ideas that apply gamification concepts to strengthen the engagement with the brands? Well, those ideas often need the services of Billboard companies like Clear Channel. They are the kind of business that definitely benefits from this trend of media interacting with pedestrians. They wanted to show advertisers how much engagement you can get with the right execution… so they just did it… a campaign for themselves. They actually based the whole thing Read more →

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  • TGIF Post: Streetpong. Playful Urban Interactions. [VIDEO]
    TGIF Post: Streetpong. Playful Urban Interactions. [VIDEO]

    Hello Everybody! Welcome to another TGIF Post! Today we have more than just a funny video. This week we bumped into an amazing concept that exemplifies the benefits of gamification. You know how at CRMGamified® we are all about making work fun to encourage user adoption, but gamification is not just about that: it’s about being happier with your life, less annoyed with everyday tasks. Today we’d like to tip of our hat to Streetpong. What is Streetpong? Well, let their website explain the concept The starting point was the problem of waiting for a long time at pedestrian traffic Read more →

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  • TGIF Post: The Smart Eball Campaign [VIDEO]
    TGIF Post: The Smart Eball Campaign [VIDEO]

    Hi Everybody. Here comes Friday! And, of course, we have another TGIF post for you! Today we have anothe great example of the persuasive power of fun. This time, our TGIF clip comes from an ad campaign for the Electric Smart car. The advertisers wanted to show how the Smart is on the fun side of things, but they also wanted to let people experience the acceleration of the electric smart to counter some of the negative associations of these cars (ie: lack of horse power). Now, we really loved this one because it’s a perfect example of how people Read more →

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  • TGIF Post: Condom08, A Mobile App That Gamifies SEX! [VIDEO]
    TGIF Post: Condom08, A Mobile App That Gamifies SEX! [VIDEO]

    Hi Everybody! Another Friday, another TGIF post! Today we’d like to share a clip from a very interesting ad campaign designed to promote safe sex among young people in Stockholm. 50,000 free condoms were handed out. Each condom had a unique QR Code which was used to install a mobile app. What does the app do? Well, emm.. Well.. I guess there’s no other way to say it: it gamifies sex! Don’t believe us? Well, check it out for yourself here and, as always, feel free to send us your comments: Read more →

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  • TGIF Post: The Contrexpérience Campaign [VIDEO]
    TGIF Post: The Contrexpérience Campaign [VIDEO]

    Hi Everybody! Well, here’s what we’d like to think of as a typical Friday post. A “TGIF post”, if you will. A space for the funny gamification-related videos we casually find every now and then. This week we’d like to share a couple of funny clips that are part of an advertising campaign for the French mineral water Contrex that targets women. It is not really about Gamification in the traditional sense, but it’s about making an activity (workout) fun and rewarding the participants. Check it out here and, as always, feel free to send us your comments:   Hope Read more →

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  • We hope they don’t think we are the bad guys! – Lessons from GSummit
    We hope they don’t think we are the bad guys! – Lessons from GSummit

    Hey everybody! It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve posted our adventures at Convergence 13. Well, now we are attending another awesome Convention! GSummit is a big gamification event and we have a foot soldier in San Francisco gathering tons of intelligence from the field: the one and only Pablo Peralta. Now, as always, when Pablo is abroad he reports his every move and constantly sends us all the information from the events. One of the gems he sent yesterday was a very cool short film that was part of Mario Herger’s Enterprise Gamification Workshop. The short sci-fi clip Read more →

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  • And the Winner is…
    And the Winner is…

    Just a quick post to announce the winner of our booth prize at Convergence 2013! Now, of course the REAL prize was having the opportunity of hanging out with Pablo Peralta and Iang Yim as you learned everything you always wanted to know about CRMGamified but were afraid to ask! But there’s also a more tangible prize… You may remember that we had a little giveaway going on in our booth. We told you we were going to give a Microsoft XBOX 360 to one of the players of our Kinectized CRMGamified that tweeted his or her score. Well, we Read more →

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  • Back From Convergence 13 – A Big Thank You To All

    …and we’re back! Hi everybody! Our first post since Convergence 2013! We’d like to give you all a big thank you for all your support! The best way to thank you all is by using Pablo Peralta’s words: On behalf of our whole team, I would like to THANK YOU for stopping by our booth to see a demo of the final version of CRMGamified®. We are glad to know you found something unique in our product that deserved your attention among lots of attractions in the event. We hope you enjoyed Convergence 2013 and we hope you got excited Read more →

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  • CRMGamified at Convergence 13. It’s getting better and better! – Day 3

    Hi Everybody! Well, I wanted to write a quick post to show you the pictures from day 3. Since I posted quick updates on day 1 and day 2 it kind of feels like a tradition now. :P This time I’ll try something new. One of the things that’s special about this year’s Convergence is how important social media is in today’s networking environment (it’s hard to miss the message behind that huge social wall, am I right?) so, instead of just uploading the pictures we took today, I’m embedding the actual tweets in which they were originally published so Read more →

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  • Gamification is the flavor of the season! – Convergence 2013 – Day 2

    Hi everybody! It’s day 2 of Convergence13 and we have more pictures for you! We are enjoying Convergence so much! It’s not only that we are getting the chance to share a lot of information with members of this amazing community but we also get to meet a lot of new colleagues while we hang out with our old friends! The good thing of having a CRMGamified® booth is that we get the sense of how big gamification is becoming. People come to our booth and they are already sold on gamification! It feels like it’s the flavor of the Read more →

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  • CRMGamified at Convergence 2013 – Day 1

    Hi everybody!  We are all having so much fun here at Convergence 2013 that I can barely write a quick post just to share the joy of seeing so many friends visiting our booth #457. As you can see in these pictures people are having a blast playing our “Kinect-ized” version of CRMGamified®. SO, COME ON! DON’T BE SHY AND VISIT US! YOU MIGHT EVEN WIN ONE OF OUR PRIZES!   Remember that, as always, you can follow our tweets here, or you can follow our Convergence 2013 twitter list if you want to hear from some of our friends Read more →

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  • 13 Tips for Convergence 13
    13 Tips for Convergence 13

    Hey everybody! Wow. The past few weeks were really exciting for us. Just a few days ago we’ve launched our release candidate version. That means our final release is just around the corner; and you’ll probably be able to get it in the next couple of days.  Soon after that, as we’ve already told you, we are going to New Orleans! We just can’t wait to meet with all of you at Convergence 2013. By then CRMGamified®  will be out of beta so Convergence 2013 we’ll be an opportunity for having all kinds of meetings with our friends and colleagues. Read more →

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  • CRMGamified Release Candidate is here!
    CRMGamified Release Candidate is here!

    Hi all, It has been months of getting a lot of feedback from this wonderful community, months of exciting and challenging goals, months of having the honor to lead an extraordinary professional team. This week, we reached a very important milestone, announcing the availability of CRMGamified® Release Candidate version☺ . You have no idea of how hard and how passionately we all worked for this, to deliver a product that makes you love it, not only because of the problems it addresses but also because of how it addresses them, how it looks, how it performs. Go ahead! Download it now!. It’s Read more →

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  • Gamification Vs Procrastination: The Game of Life
    Gamification Vs Procrastination: The Game of Life

    Hi Everybody! Today we’d like to share an awesome little article we’ve just found on Lifehacker. As you probably now, Lifehacker is a website from which you can get all sort of tips to improve your productivity at work or your life in general. It’s a very useful resource that is usually lots of fun to read. Well the article we want you to read is about overcoming procrastination in everyday chores by using….  you guessed it already? That’s right! GAMIFICATION! :D The piece (Gamify Your Life: A Guide to Incentivizing Everything) by Alexander Kalamaroff explains the young author’s “plan Read more →

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  • Down the Mississipi, down to New Orleans! Convergence 2013, here we go!
    Down the Mississipi, down to New Orleans! Convergence 2013, here we go!

    Hi everybody! How is that 2013 treating you? This is just a quick post to tell you that we are going to be exhibitors at Convergence 2013! Oh yeah! We are going to New Orleans! We are soooo hyped. In case you don’t know, this is the awesomest event for everything Microsoft Dynamics. We go there to learn, we go there to share, and we go there to party. Well, come on ev’rybody Take a trip with me Well, down the Mississippi Down to New Orleans From March 18th to the 21st we’ll be hanging out with the best of Read more →

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  • A CRM ROI Calculator for the ROI you don’t have yet!
    A CRM ROI Calculator for the ROI you don’t have yet!

    Hello Everybody! Do you remember that little post we shared about the 10 deadly sins in CRM Adoption? It was really just a quick translation to English of the key points in Pablo Peralta’s original in Spanish. Well, that article was our top content for November. It brought us tons of visitors, many of whom downloaded CRMGamified’s free beta. So, when we saw that Pablo (you know he’s the MVP behind CRMGamified® so it’s safe to say we are on first name terms, right?) shared another bit of his wisdom on his MS Dynamics blog we thought it would be Read more →

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  • CRM Forecasts and Market Estimates, 2012
    CRM Forecasts and Market Estimates, 2012

    Hello Everybody! Today we’d like to share Louis Columbus’ Roundup of CRM Forecasts and Market Estimates, 2012 with you. We bumped into his blog post on Forbes but the original article can be found in his own “A Passion for Research” site. It’s a very clear and concise list of key predictions based on Gartner data for the CRM industry. For us, it’s nice to see how the trend towards a more social, better user experience keeps growing. The key challenge is still to encourage crm adoption by end users and that’s kind of our job at CRMGamified®, isn’t it? Read more →

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  • 4 out of 5 Current Gamified Applications Will Fail To Meet Business Objectives By 2014, Due To Poor Design
    4 out of 5 Current Gamified Applications Will Fail To Meet Business Objectives By 2014, Due To Poor Design

    That’s what Gartner analysts expressed in the context of the webinar “Gamification Trends and Strategies to Help Prepare for the Future” held on November 28. In an effort to evaluate the importance of the current gamification trend, Brian Burke, research vice president at Gartner, indicated that “Poor game design is one of the key failings of many gamified applications today.” The article posted by Gartner reminds us that the three broad business objectives that gamification can help achieve are: 1) to change behavior, 2) to develop skills, or 3) to enable innovation. The most common of them is the first Read more →

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  • Nucleus Research: 80% of the potential ROI from CRM is yet to be achieved.
    Nucleus Research: 80% of the potential ROI from CRM is yet to be achieved.

    You know this CRM / Gamification connection we keep telling you about? The one that’s in the core of our business and justifies our very existence? ;-) We are still seeing it everywhere, and we are sure you are too! We’ve already told you about that Gartner prediction of how gamification is expected to transform operations for 40% of top organizations by 2015. And then, of course, came the unmistakably clear sentence about user adoption in Microsoft Dynamics CRM December 2012 Release Preview Guide: “Our key focus is user adoption: building applications and experiences where users recognize value, opportunity and insight Read more →

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  • 10 deadly sins in CRM User Adoption
    10 deadly sins in CRM User Adoption

    Hello Everybody! Today we have a very interesting blog post published by the MVP behind CRMGamified® Pablo Peralta in which he explains the importance of User Adoption for CRM. The original piece is in Spanish, but we’d like to share an outline of the key concepts with you. Pablo’s article is entitled 10 deadly sins in CRM User Adoption. Frightening, isn’t it? Well, let’s take a look at the sin list: 1. Believing that a “blessing” from upper management is enough to get users engaged in CRM. Sure we need managers to be on board with our CRM program but Read more →

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  • Gamification will be the primary mechanism to transform business operations by 2015 for 40% of Global 1000 companies
    Gamification will be the primary mechanism to transform business operations by 2015 for 40% of Global 1000 companies

    This remarkable piece of information was part of the latest Gartner predictions for IT organizations and IT users for 2013 and beyond. The document was presented by expert analysts during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo held on October 25. “Seventy percent of business transformation efforts fail due to lack of engagement. Gamification addresses engagement, transparency of work, and connecting employees’ actions to business outcomes.” On the subject of gamification, Gartner experts stated that many industry segments are already applying gamification techniques to encourage engagement and that enterprise gamification will eclipse consumer gamification in 2013. Gartner predicts that the worldwide market will grow Read more →

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  • Big announcement today! Microsoft Dynamics CRM December 2012 Service Update is here!
    Big announcement today! Microsoft Dynamics CRM December 2012 Service Update is here!

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s director of Product Marketing, David Pennington just announced the December 2012 Service Update which “will add new user experiences that simply and visually guide users through their business processes.” These are some of the features commented on Pennington’s post (December 2012 Service Update is Here for Microsoft Dynamics CRM!): More supported browsers for Microsoft Dynamics CRM to give more flexibility in the devices and platforms you use. Embedded Bing maps (adding location context for Lead, Contact and Account addresses) Support for Microsoft Office 2013 across Outlook, Word and Excel integration. New application capabilities (including predefined best practice sales and Read more →

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  • Is Customer Relationship Management your area? We’ve got some news for you!
    Is Customer Relationship Management your area? We’ve got some news for you!

    You have no idea how long we’ve been waiting for this moment. For the past few months we’ve been very busy working on a new exciting project and now it’s finally time to let the cat out of the bag and tell you everything about it! Well, first of all… you’ve probably noticed the new website, right? We used to post this kind of news in our corporate website at UruIT but we really wanted to do something different this time. We think it’s worth it. So, here it is. Pay attention. We call it CRM Gamified®. Pretty self explanatory, isn’t it? Indeed, Read more →

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