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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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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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