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  • In-depth: Selling BI in the context of other market trends

    Business intelligence vendors and their solutions need to be more agile and adaptive than ever, says Amro Gebreel. The need for business intelligence (BI) has never been greater. Data volumes continue to multiply and the requirement for real-time inf... 

  • In-depth: You don't have to be big to want to be smart

    Business intelligence isn't the preserve of the corporate, and the emergence of analytics software specifically designed for SMEs is helping the technology penetrate much smaller businesses too, as Billy MacInnes reports. There's no doubting the fact... 

  • In-depth: Pitch cuts in cost and complexity

    Resellers must be sensitive to budget-strapped businesses facing sophisticated threats, writes Amro Gebreel. It will come perhaps as little surprise that, when you ask security vendors how their reseller partners should be pitching to customers, the ... 

  • In-depth: Potential personal exposure of directors

    The recent case at the end of 2011 involving Langreen Limited (in Liquidation) revisits the question of the potential personal exposure of directors if their company fails financially. For once, directors have been offered some comfort,writes Paul Ta... 

  • In-depth: Technology to pitch in 2012

    by Billy MacInnes Last month, Gartner published its technology and trend predictions for the next few years and among the dominant trends were a greater move towards cloud computing and increasing consumerisation of IT. MicroScope asked a number of p... 

  • In-depth: Selling services for social success

    Nobody can now dispute that social networking is well-established in the workplace; at Salesforce.com's Cloudforce conference in September, a survey of 150 CEOs revealed 73% said social networks were important to build brands, while 68% believed they... 

  • In-depth: The benefits and pitfalls of social media

    Amro Gebreel outlines how you can make social media tools work for your business- as well as some cautionary tales on how not to do networking The channel is brilliant at networking with phrases like "people buy from people" and "once ... 

  • Compliance costs rising for SMEs

    Keeping on the right side of the law and ticking all the compliance boxes is costing small firms a fortune as they seek out legal advice to ensure they are doing the right things. One group representing small firms the Forum of Private Business (FPB... 

  • In-depth: Steps to effective business in the public sector

    What do government CIOs expect from their suppliers, and what does the channel need to do better when it comes to dealing with key technology buyers? These were some of the questions raised at a recent round-table hosted by networking vendor Netgear,... 

  • In-depth: The value of events

    Bringing customers to your door has to be a very efficient way of turning them into clients. The person who has seen how you operate and met the team is far likelier to give you work. If you've also shown them some new ideas, some business opportunit...