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Field Service Management (FSM) Software Evaluation Report

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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Open Platform Provider Answers Questions about the State of the Market


Rather than offering the customary opinions and analysis of major market trends beforehand and then giving the involved vendors a chance for a factual review and feedback, this time Technology Evaluation Centers has attempted to solicit vendors’ proactive views.

service provider oss  and optional value or service packs. Anything on that matter on your side—that is, what will be the quantum leap versions of your products? PS: This question illustrates the depth of the “upgrade” problem for both customers and vendors. As vendors reach farther for larger market shares, it becomes almost impossible for them to create monolithic product upgrades that are applicable to their increasingly wide range of customers. From the customer’s perspective, the desire to take on large Read More

ASP Infrastructure: The Party Has Started


On June 14th, Nortel Networks unveiled their Comprehensive Service Management Solution for the ASP Market. They've assembled an interesting portfolio of applications designed to support Application Service Providers.

service provider oss  are predicting an Application Service Provider market anywhere from 4 to 20 billion. E-commerce estimates are the same, if not higher. With industry pundits forecasting green fields and sunshine for the Application Service Providers, it is not surprising companies are creating support solutions designed specifically for ASP''s. Nortel joins a party in full swing. AT&T, MCI, and Lucent have all launched similar efforts. (For more information, see the links to our related articles at the conclusion of this d Read More

Two Stalwart Vendors Discuss Platform Approaches (Wars)


Infor and IFS, two upper mid-market, stalwart vendors, were the first to respond to our questions-and-answers series directed at software application vendors. Based on our questions, these two vendors share their views on market trends, platform approaches, and mid-market issues.

service provider oss  and optional value and service packs? Do you have any plans for a similar change in this area? That is, what will be the quantum leap versions of your products? IFS : IFS made a commitment to a flexible, service-oriented architecture long ago (long before it was called SOA) with the express purpose of avoiding quantum leap versions. IFS believes quantum leaps are for vendors struggling to get past a legacy architecture. Once in a modern SOA architecture, major upgrades are largely passé , since incre Read More

Pure-Play CRM Vendors: Choose an Integrated or Best-of-Breed Solution?


When selecting a CRM vendor should you go with a one-source solution, reducing the need for integration with other corporate data sources, or go with a best-of-breed approach, getting the best in each category but being left with standalone applications that must be integrated? This article compares the two approaches and offers some advice.

service provider oss  a new class of service provider that focuses solely on providing business infrastructure. They claim to combine best-of-breed software with custom technology and integration services. Let a BSP host your suite of applications, and they can have you up and running in 60 to 90 days and can incorporate new technologies or update existing applications more quickly than can a typical in-house IT staff. According to Rene L. White, the senior vice president of marketing for eConvergent Inc. , they can blend 12 o Read More

Progress Software Revs Up to Higher RPM via Savvion - Part 2


Part 1 of this series began to analyze the recent merger of Progress Software Corp. [NASDAQ: PRGS] and Savvion Inc. With this acquisition, Progress has made a large leap into the business process management (BPM) space, from which has been notably absent. The article asserted that Savvion BusinessManager 7.5 [evaluate this product] is one of the most mature BPM suites in the

service provider oss  The Progress Sonic enterprise service bus (ESB)  messaging and  Progress Actional ’s transactional visibility into underlying applications should certainly go hand-in-hand  with Savvion in these usage cases. Savvion: A BPM Connoisseur Whichever way you look at Savvion’s BPM offering and knowledge, depth and comprehensiveness always surface. Savvion could be, to my mind, a textbook example of how well and thoroughly to design a BPM suite. My first direct touch with the company was in early 2009 at Read More

4 Steps to Choosing the Right Device for Field Service Mobility


Choosing the right device for field service management needs is not easy. This white paper will guide you through the different factors, including your organization’s technology outlook, how a customer’s perceptions of you might be affected by the device, and how the hardware features make your employees more efficient. Know the four steps to consider for choosing the right device for your field service mobility needs.

service provider oss  Right Device for Field Service Mobility Choosing the right device for field service management needs is not easy. This white paper will guide you through the different factors, including your organization’s technology outlook, how a customer’s perceptions of you might be affected by the device, and how the hardware features make your employees more efficient. Know the four steps to consider for choosing the right device for your field service mobility needs. Read More

Salesforce.com Unveils Service Cloud SOS Button for Mobile In-app Support


Salesforce.com recently launched the Salesforce1 Service Cloud SOS feature that aims to revolutionize customer service and support by putting an SOS button directly inside any mobile app. With new live interactive video support and on-screen guided assistance, companies will be able to deliver instant and personalized customer service within any mobile app.

service provider oss  com Unveils Service Cloud SOS Button for Mobile In-app Support Salesforce.com recently launched the Salesforce1 Service Cloud SOS feature that aims to revolutionize customer service and support by putting an SOS button (similar to the Amazon Kindle Mayday button) directly inside any mobile app. With new live interactive video support and on-screen guided assistance, companies will be able to deliver instant and personalized customer service within any mobile app.   Last year, salesforce.com Read More

ViryaNet G4 Is Now a TEC Certified Field Service Management Solution


Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is pleased to announce that ViryaNet G4 is now a field service management (FSM) certified solution. ViryaNet G4 is a field service management role-based solution which covers the full spectrum of service management, from creating work to planning, scheduling, and dispatch, and execution in the field. To achieve TEC Certification, ViryaNet completed TEC’s detailed questionnaire and delivered a comprehensive product demonstration.

service provider oss  a TEC Certified Field Service Management Solution Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) is pleased to announce that ViryaNet G4 is now a field service management (FSM) certified solution, available for evaluation online in TEC’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Evaluation Centers.   ViryaNet G4 is a field service management role-based solution which covers the full spectrum of service management, from creating work to planning, scheduling, and dispatch, and ex Read More

VSI Putting Its Service Management Feelers Out


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service provider oss  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

We Are All IT Users Now: Managed Service Providers, Software as a Service, and the Management of Remote Devices


The network of devices used for information, security, and daily transactions is now ubiquitous, and everyone now relies on it even if they don’t acknowledge it. But network failure can cause widespread disruption, unhappy customers, unproductive employees, and lost business. Ensuring network availability, security, and efficiency is a job for experts who need powerful tools to carry out these tasks. Learn more.

service provider oss  IT Users Now: Managed Service Providers, Software as a Service, and the Management of Remote Devices The network of devices used for information, security, and daily transactions is now ubiquitous, and everyone now relies on it even if they don’t acknowledge it. But network failure can cause widespread disruption, unhappy customers, unproductive employees, and lost business. Ensuring network availability, security, and efficiency is a job for experts who need powerful tools to carry out these tasks. Read More

Optimal Service-parts Management


Today’s service-parts organizations, such as those in the aerospace and defense, automotive, agricultural, heavy equipment, and industrial machinery industries, are pursuing the service- and spare-parts market for revenue and profit growth. Increasing customer demands and a dynamic marketplace are forcing these organizations to operate at new levels of flexibility and responsiveness, to address customer requirements and attain targeted profit margins.

service provider oss  Service-parts Management Today’s service-parts organizations, such as those in the aerospace and defense, automotive, agricultural, heavy equipment, and industrial machinery industries, are pursuing the service- and spare-parts market for revenue and profit growth. Increasing customer demands and a dynamic marketplace are forcing these organizations to operate at new levels of flexibility and responsiveness, to address customer requirements and attain targeted profit margins. Read More

Transform Your Service Organization into a Performance-driven Leader


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service provider oss  Your Service Organization into a Performance-driven Leader Performance management is key in service optimization. Without the ability to measure the business value of your actions, you are essentially driving blind, not knowing whether your decisions are taking you in the right direction. Measurement, however, is only as useful as your ability to translate it into action. See how to enact change throughout your organization via the agility of your solution and the processes to tie everything Read More

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service provider oss  through Service Excellence Differentiation through Service Excellence If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader.   Founded in 1972, SAP has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. SAP currently has sales and development locations in more than 50 countries worldwide and is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and NYSE under the symbol SAP. Source : SAP Read More

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This document describes the current state of the service enterprise, and reveals the goals and investments prioritized by service leaders (over 200 polled in a recent survey) for 2012. It also reveals the performance benchmarks of leading service organizations, and divulges the strategic elements that contribute to best-in-class performance.

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