In previous blogs, we presented the limitless possibilities that come with To further our advocation for, we are going to take a look at one of the most essential business tools, a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

We laid out important factors that you need to consider, while vetting CRM solutions, but we want to take this discussion a step further, and discuss the importance of flexibility in your choice. Traditional Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems have been widely adopted across industries due to their convenience and versatility. However, these preconfigured CRMs often employ a ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy, which can pose significant challenges for businesses.

The Subtractive Principle

The main challenge with these prebuilt CRMs is that they operate on a subtractive principle. The subtractive principle refers to the process of removing or disabling unnecessary features from a prebuilt CRM system. The subtractive principle, employed by many prebuilt CRM systems, highlights a fundamental challenge faced by businesses aiming to streamline their operations. While these prebuilt CRMs are designed to cater to a broad range of needs, the one-size-fits-all approach often falls short in addressing the unique requirements of individual organizations.

Imagine a scenario where a business invests in a prebuilt CRM solution, hoping to enhance its efficiency and customer interactions. However, upon implementation, the overwhelming array of features proves to be more of a hindrancethan a help. This abundance of functionalities, while comprehensive, includes numerous aspects that may not be relevant to the specific operations of the organization. Consequently, employees are faced with a daunting task: sifting through the myriad features to identify and disable the unnecessary ones. This process, intended to customize the CRM, can quickly turn into a complex and time-consuming ordeal.

In the attempt to tailor the CRM system to the company’s needs, employees often find themselves disabling or ignoring features that might be crucial in the future. In the rush to simplify the interface and streamline processes, essential functionalities may inadvertently be sidelined or even disabled. This inadvertent exclusion can have severe consequences, affecting day-to-day operations and potentially leading to missed opportunities in customer engagement, sales, and data analysis.

Moreover, poor employee training and adoption further exacerbates the challenges associated with the subtractive principle. In the face of complexity, employees might struggle to grasp the intricacies of the CRM system, leading to underutilization and decreased overall productivity. Businesses invest significant resources in implementing CRM systems with the expectation that they will boost efficiency and help achieve organizational goals. However, the subtractive principle often hinders these expectations from being met, leading to frustration and dissatisfaction among employees.

As your business evolves, you might find that your CRM no longer aligns with your processes. Adapting a rigid CRM to changing needs can be challenging and costly, often requiring custom development or third-party integrations. Which could result in pipeline corruption, which can effect your bottomline.

The alternative to the subtractive approach is the tailored approach or additive approach. This is were takes a refreshingly different approach to the CRM. It offers a highly flexible platform where you start with a blank canvas and build your CRM workflows from the ground up, just as you need them. This additive approach allows you to create a CRM system that mirror your unique business processes seamlessly.

An Additive, Tailored Approach

An additive, tailored approach in CRMs represents a paradigm shift from the subtractive principle, offering businesses a more flexible and efficient way to optimize their CRM systems. Unlike the subtractive approach, where unnecessary features are removed or disabled to customize the CRM, an additive, tailored approach focuses on building a CRM system that grows with the organization, adapting seamlessly to evolving requirements and preferences.

In this approach, businesses start with a basic CRM framework that contains essential features required for most organizations. Instead of overwhelming users with a plethora of features right from the beginning, the CRM system is designed to be modular and scalable. New features and functionalities can be added incrementally, based on specific needs and feedback from users. This incremental addition of features ensures that employees are not inundated with unnecessary complexities, allowing them to familiarize themselves gradually with the CRM system.

One of the key advantages of this additive approach is its flexibility. Businesses can start small and expand the CRM functionalities as they grow or as new requirements emerge. For instance, a company might begin with basic contact management, lead tracking, and communication features. As the business expands, it can seamlessly integrate modules for sales forecasting, marketing automation, customer analytics, or even AI-driven chatbots. This adaptability allows businesses to tailor their CRM systems to match their unique processes and industry demands, ensuring that the CRM remains relevant and effective over time.

Additionally, an additive, tailored approach enhances user engagement and adoption. By involving employees in the process of identifying the features they need, businesses empower their workforce to actively participate in shaping the CRM system according to their requirements. This involvement fosters a sense of ownership and familiarity, leading to higher user satisfaction and productivity. When employees feel that the CRM system

aligns closely with their tasks and objectives, they are more likely to use it effectively, leading to improved data accuracy and better decision-making.

Furthermore, this approach promotes innovation and experimentation within the organization. Businesses can experiment with new tools and technologies, integrating them into the CRM system to enhance efficiency and gain a competitive edge. For example, integrating accounting tools, social media monitoring tools, sentiment analysis, or machine learning algorithms can provide valuable insights into customer behavior, allowing businesses to tailor their marketing strategies accordingly.

An additive, tailored approach also offers agility in the face of changing market dynamics. As customer preferences and industry trends evolve, businesses can swiftly adapt their CRM systems to accommodate these changes. This agility enables companies to stay ahead of the competition by quickly responding to market demands and customer expectations.

Here are some key benefits of using as your flexible CRM:

  1. Tailored Workflows: With, you’re in control. You can design workflows that precisely match your business processes, from lead generation to customer support. This tailor-made approach ensures that your CRM system aligns perfectly with your operations.
  2. Simplicity: The simplicity of‘s interface empowers users to create and manage CRM workflows without the need for extensive technical knowledge. It’s user-friendly and highly intuitive.
  3. Scalability: As your business grows or evolves, you can effortlessly adapt your CRM within to accommodate new processes or requirements. No need for expensive custom development or complicated integrations.
  4. Integration-Friendly: While starts with a clean slate, it’s also open to integration with other tools and platforms. You can connect it with third-party apps when necessary, ensuring a seamless flow of information.
  5. Real-Time Collaboration: excels in facilitating collaboration. Team members can work together on CRM-related tasks, share insights, and track progress in re
  6. al-time, fostering efficiency and transparency.
  7. Custom Reporting: Build custom dashboards and reports to gain actionable insights into your CRM data. allows you to visualize and analyze your data precisely as you need it.

In the ever-evolving landscape of Customer Relationship Management (CRM), flexibility has become the name of the game. Traditional CRM systems often present a challenge as they come with prebuilt structures that may not perfectly align with your business processes. In contrast, platforms like offer a revolutionary approach, allowing you to build only the workflows you need in a highly flexible and additive manner. By empowering employees to actively participate in shaping the CRM system and adapting it incrementally to evolving requirements, businesses can create a powerful tool that supports their growth, enhances customer relationships, fosters a culture of continuous improvement and innovation while driving overall success in the ever-changing business landscape.

Next Up: In our upcoming installment, we’ll explore the concept of a CRM as the uniting force in your organization that will streamline your business.

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About the authors:

John Hu, is the founder of AXANEXA, as former customer he learned early on how adapting a flexible platform to solve daily business solutions, can be a transformative experience, and help eliminate wasted back office operations, and help focus on your bottomline.

Carrie Fifield from the AXANEXA Business Development team, is a passionate enthusiast eager to explore new use cases and take on challenges. Connect with Carrie at to unlock the full potential of for your business!