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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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The Third Paradigm


Supply chain systems to date have represented the back-end of that process of servicing markets and have taken us a long way in replacing assets with information. But the fact is, building products still takes a long time. Contrastingly, markets require short response times--days. For the last few years, we have begun the process of trying to understand the unplanned event. The first and second paradigm systems deal in knowns--this is what I think I need and therefore this is what I will buy. The Third Paradigm focuses on the uncertainty elements to understand risk. This is the key. Isolate, understand and organize the chaos—creating an operational and financial model.

service paradigm  to design products and service delivery models that isolate what will be customizable, and the rest is off the shelf. But even within the narrowing of choices, the risks are wide and large. Risk Management Supply Chain Application For the last few years, we have been beginning the process of trying to understand the unplanned event, the introduction of the so-called event management software. This begins to allow us to see out of plan activities. But this technology provides a system of alerting, based Read More

Six Sigma for IT Service Level Management


Industry analysts, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), recently conducted research to understand how widespread the acceptance of Six Sigma is for managing IT service quality. This research, which was targeted primarily at enterprises, showed that 65 percent of those surveyed acknowledge the relevance of Six Sigma for IT-based service management. While many IT organizations have yet to adopt Six Sigma for service management, 80 percent stated that they have plans to do so. This research suggests there is a growing interest in Six Sigma.

service paradigm  Management and Best Practices Service Level Management (SLM) is the process of managing services according to the goals and objectives of the organization. When applied to IT, SLM becomes the process of defining and managing IT-based services according to business goals. It moves away from the traditional IT management paradigm that is extremely technical in focus and works to map the technological infrastructure to business needs. IT service management is a big topic where much time can be spent looking Read More

RedPrairie - New Name For A Brave New Value Proposition Paradigm


Users with outdated warehouse management systems (WMS) who want the latest technology available and the next generation of transportation and logistics software should place RedPrairie on a shortlist of SCE vendors. Blossoming RedPrairie has offered its prospects a risk/gain-sharing arrangements. In other words, why, rather than pushing software licenses, the vendor opts for guaranteeing its results?

service paradigm  increasing license revenue and service margins, and a ???$5.0 million in cash generated from operations in the quarter, up $2.5 million from a year ago but, at the same time, it committed an additional 13% to research and development, compared to Q3 2001. This Part One of a four-part article on RedPrairie. Parts Two and Three will cover the Market Impact. Part Four will discuss Challenges and make User Recommendations. Other Recent Events Other Q3 2002 highlights would include: On September 13, Read More

Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis - Part 1


It is no longer breaking news to say that the US and the European Union (EU) are turning from product-based to service economies. The trend of the increasing importance of the service sector has only been accentuated by the recent (and perhaps still ongoing) subprime mortgage and financial system meltdowns, volatile stock markets, declining durable (hard) goods orders

service paradigm  not even decades). Another service paradigm is an offering in which a manufacturer may not even sell the product it services at all. A good example is a copier company (e.g., Xerox ) or an office supply company, which will lease out its copiers, fax machines, etc. Included in the monthly lease payment is the cost of maintaining the equipment. So, the customer is not paying for the product at all, but rather for the use of it. And, of course, there are the normal SLAs and guaranteed uptimes (for a Read More

Service-oriented Architecture-Savior or Nemesis?


Managed well, service-oriented architecture (SOA) offers a tremendous opportunity to make positive changes and lay a foundation that will allow IT to become responsive and cost-effective. But SOA is also a potential minefield: hype is raising expectations beyond reality in an environment that is already stressed. In fact, managed poorly, SOA can be an expensive and spectacular failure.

service paradigm  an initial investment in service platform and infrastructure. SOA will also require a paradigm shift within IT teams. A cultural change to create and use reusable services will have to be facilitated. IT professionals will have to be taught to trust other people’s code and to use other people’s services. More formal methodology and tighter management and governance will have to be adopted. Carrots and sticks will need to be created to encourage and enforce reuse. Rules and guidelines will need to be Read More

VSI Putting Its Service Management Feelers Out


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution providers are beginning to recognize that manufacturing companies now view aftermarket service as a strategic initiative. Along these lines, several ERP firms have announced partnerships with Vertical Solutions Inc. (VSI) to extend their solutions for companies to connect back-office and service operations.

service paradigm  Putting Its Service Management Feelers Out For many manufacturers, aftermarket sales and service is where they cement a valued customer experience. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution providers are beginning to recognize that manufacturing companies now view aftermarket service as a strategic initiative. Along these lines, several ERP firms have announced partnerships with Vertical Solutions Inc. (VSI) to extend their solutions for companies to connect back-office and service operations. VSI Read More

A Candid Conversation with a Field Service Workforce Management Leader


ClickSoftware, rooted in field service workforce scheduling and optimization, provides automated workforce management and optimization solutions, on-demand and on-premise, creating business value through higher productivity, customer satisfaction, and operational efficiency. Its patented concept of “continuous planning and scheduling” covers the entire service lifecycle management realm. TEC presents a candid Q&A session.

service paradigm  Conversation with a Field Service Workforce Management Leader TEC’s recent series of tutorial articles—“ Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis ” and “ The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains ”—have drawn solid interest and valuable feedback, both publicly and privately. The series on general workforce management (WFM) systems (i.e., not necessarily only in field service), entitled “ Integrated Workforce Management (WFM) Platforms: Fact or Read More

The Evolution of IT as a Service


Most IT service providers have always and continue to operate in a break/fix service environment. When a customer calls with an issue, the service provider drops everything to fix it. Under these circumstances, service providers have a difficult time forecasting monthly revenues and staffing needs, which has a huge impact on profitability. Add to this the intense competition, excessive customer turnover, low technician utilization rates, and shrinking margins that characterize today‟s market, and the result is IT service providers anxious to find a new way of delivering their services. Learn about innovative IT-as-a-Service initiatives that are defining the new IT value chain of the future.

service paradigm  of IT as a Service Most IT service providers have always and continue to operate in a break/fix service environment. When a customer calls with an issue, the service provider drops everything to fix it. Under these circumstances, service providers have a difficult time forecasting monthly revenues and staffing needs, which has a huge impact on profitability. Add to this the intense competition, excessive customer turnover, low technician utilization rates, and shrinking margins that characterize Read More

IFS Field Service Management Certification Report


IFS Field Service Management is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of field service management (FSM) solutions in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Research Planning (ERP) Evaluation Centers. The IFS Field Service Management solution intertwines service management, dynamic scheduling, and mobile capabilities. It is an ideal fit for organizations that require a combination of service jobs such as installation, quick break-fix jobs, some preventive maintenance, and other similarly fast-paced jobs. Download the IFS Field Service Management certification report now for product analysis and in-depth analyst commentary.

service paradigm  Field Service Management Certification Report IFS Field Service Management is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of field service management (FSM) solutions in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Research Planning (ERP) Evaluation Centers. The IFS Field Service Management solution intertwines service management, dynamic scheduling, and mobile capabilities. It is an ideal fit for organizations that require a combination of service jobs such as installation, quick break-fix Read More

Understanding Reverse Logistics in Field Service Management


This white paper defines reverse logistics as it relates to aftermarket service, describes how it differs from forward logistics, and then discusses the difficulties inherent in selecting and using enterprise software to facilitate reverse logistics and repair processes including warranty repair, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair and handling return material authorizations (RMAs) from distributors. Download the paper.

service paradigm  Reverse Logistics in Field Service Management This white paper defines reverse logistics as it relates to aftermarket service, describes how it differs from forward logistics, and then discusses the difficulties inherent in selecting and using enterprise software to facilitate reverse logistics and repair processes including warranty repair, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair and handling return material authorizations (RMAs) from distributors. Download the paper. Read More

A Green Guide to Streamlining Field Service Operations: Saving Money . . . and the Planet


With three primary “green” benefits to implementing cutting-edge field service technology solutions, every company—across any industry—can justify the effort based on the specific priorities that speak to it. In this analysis, we will review each of these benefits, outlining the range of advantages and concrete ROI. Regardless of a company’s priorities, this multi-layer list of benefits makes the decision a clear one.

service paradigm  Guide to Streamlining Field Service Operations: Saving Money . . . and the Planet With three primary “green” benefits to implementing cutting-edge field service technology solutions, every company—across any industry—can justify the effort based on the specific priorities that speak to it. In this analysis, we will review each of these benefits, outlining the range of advantages and concrete ROI. Regardless of a company’s priorities, this multi-layer list of benefits makes the decision a clear Read More

The Executive Buying Guide to Employee Self-service


Employee self-service (ESS) is an online technology that automates workflow, and allows both employees and managers to view and update human resources (HR) and payroll information. It often includes time-off management, and can serve as a central portal for communicating company documents and announcements. ESS disperses routine tasks back to the level of origination--employees and their managers.

service paradigm  Buying Guide to Employee Self-service Employee self-service (ESS) is an online technology that automates workflow, and allows both employees and managers to view and update human resources (HR) and payroll information. It often includes time-off management, and can serve as a central portal for communicating company documents and announcements. ESS disperses routine tasks back to the level of origination--employees and their managers. Read More

E-Business Customer Service Success at H.B. Fuller Company


Chemical company H.B. Fuller has leveraged the Internet to improve their level of customer service.

service paradigm  Business Customer Service Success at H.B. Fuller Company Company Issue    H.B. Fuller Company is a global specialty chemicals manufacturer with annual sales in excess of $1.3 Billion. The company markets and manufactures thousands of products-including adhesives, sealants, and coatings-used in products ranging from automobiles to envelopes, and cereal boxes to satellites. H.B. Fuller sells to customers directly and through distributors in more than 100 countries. H.B. Fuller North America (HBF NA) is Read More