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Customer Focused Self-service: Building the Balanced Business Case
Countless customers are engaging in self-service, in the process helping companies save millions by deflecting service interactions to cheaper channels. At many

customer service perspective  taking control of their customer service interactions. By 2010, says Gartner, self-service will account for 58% of interactions.ii At the product level, commoditization is taking hold. Looking for new avenues of competitive advantage, companies are enhancing pre and post-sale services to improve the customer experience. More importantly, customers will reward the company able to provide a better service experience. A recent study shows that 99% of U.S. adults said that, if they had a positive customer

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Field Service Management (FSM)

Field service management (FSM) software is a set of functionalities for organizations or departments within organizations that have as main focus the intallation, maintanance, reparing, and meter reading for industries relying heaviling on equipment. FSM workers require functionality for customer engagement management, service and asset management as well as workforce management. Since most activities in FSM take place outside of the office, mobility is a big component of the a FSM software solutions. Typically, FSM software is not used as a stand-alone solution, as it needs to integrate with Financials, ERP, CRM and EAM to ensure accurate data exchange. Even if its main purpose is to maintain and repair equipment, it can also be used to gather customer satisfaction and equipment performance feedback. To allocate human resources efficiently, workforce management is an integral part of an FSM system. 

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customer service perspective  Financial, tax, procurement, and customer service management have also followed suit. Companies are choosing to promote SaaS-based strategic sourcing and procurement applications ahead of well-publicized CRM deployments for a number of reasons, including, globalization, Web-based collaboration, manufacturing outsourcing in far-flung regions, and distributed order management (DOM). Quiet SaaS Leaders Given this focus on information and collaboration, WebEx may very well be a leader in SaaS. Many of us Read More
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Insights to Accelerate Services Growth: Account Management, Service Metrics, and Customer Dashboards


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customer service perspective  These companies recognize that customer service innovation is a way to differentiate themselves from the pack. An emphasis is placed on introducing new offerings – both enhanced product-services and new value-added managed and professional services. Comprehensively understanding customer processes and total cost-of-ownership are fundamental. Front-office processes – services marketing, services sales and pricing – gain more internal mindshare. Executive leadership appreciates the ability of the Read More

Voice Self-Service Leverages the Knowledge Base to Improve Customer Interactions


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Optimizing ITIL with SRM Service Resolution Management for the Next-generation Service Desk


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