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Inside Look at the Success of Cloud Field Service Provider ServiceMax-Part 1
TEC’s recent article on IFS’ recent success in the field service management (FSM) market by no means implies that other FSM players are not prospering. Indeed

fsm 1 2 1  and TOA Technologies . FSM suite or ERP vendors offering broader capabilities, but that lack sufficient innovation for providing mobile, social, and cloud operability, e.g., SAP , Oracle , PTC , Astea , Ventyx , and IFS .   Figure 1 With its broad suite of cloud-based, collaborative, and mobile field service applications, ServiceMax enables its customers to optimize their operations. For example, with the ServiceMax iPad app, field service reps can quickly provide current status of their appointments

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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Will 2013 Be IBS’ Comeback Year? Part 1


Several years ago enterprise applications market observers might have talked about Sweden’s “Three I” enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors: Intentia, IFS, and IBS. While hardly anyone has ever questioned those publicly traded vendors’ industry savvy and product functionality, all three of them have struggled with stagnant growth and red ink for the major part of the late 1990s and early

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Although SAP’s recently announced tamed results for Q1 2002, which fit within the current market milieu, may add to some challenges moving forward, particularly seen from sharply reduced license revenue, and while some may question SAP’s justification of assimilating its two former subsidiaries, SAP has meanwhile become much more alert and diverse to spar with difficulties.

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