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Market Landscape Report: Field Service Management
If you have a mobile, customer-facing workforce, you need field service management (FSM) software. An FSM solution provides essential functionality—from

fsm bonds  management (FSM) software. An FSM solution provides essential functionality—from planning and scheduling to work order management, to customer engagement—that’s missing from most ERP and CRM systems. Get a comprehensive overview of the FSM space, and learn about key functionality, major vendors, and the latest market trends in this market landscape report.

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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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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.

fsm bonds  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, Read More

Vertical Solutions Inc.-All About Field Service: Part Two


In a blog post last week, I talked about Vertical Solutions’ (VSI) offerings for field service management (FSM), including the company’s customer profile, partners for extending the solution, and VSI’s big data capabilities. To expand on the company’s value prop and positioning, we recently had an in-depth candid discussion with VSI’s executive vice president (EVP) Kris Brannock. Ms. Brannock

fsm bonds  organizations using the native FSM module of their ERP solution simply because the boxes next to FSM functionality are ticked off; many of these deployments simply are not working. There’s a disjoint between the executives who sign off on an ERP solution and the directors and managers who actually have to run post-sales service divisions or organizations. These directors know that strategic service initiatives take more than capturing data fields on the screen with simple email messages that shoot out Read More

Remapping the Supply Chain Universe, by Ann Grackin and Sree Hameed


Supply chain management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of the chains has changed to the point where many of the working assumptions have to be reevaluated. ChainLink Research’s new 3D approach provides a useful framework for evaluating supply chain solutions.

fsm bonds  the Supply Chain Universe, by Ann Grackin and Sree Hameed Introduction Supply chain management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of the chains has changed to the point where many of the working assumptions have to be reevaluated. One of the changes that has become obvious is that technology misfits have emerged. It's like going to the gym and getting lean and finding your clothes no longer fit! Also, if you haven't gotten to the gym lately, you will be Read More

Industry Analysts on Field Service Mobility Trends


P.J. Jakovljevic and other analysts discuss the impact of mobility on field service management.

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Decisions, Decisions: Key Issues to Consider in Selecting a Field Service Management Solution


Every company offering field service management and automation solutions will impress you with a long checklist of features: schedule boards, dispatching and routing, work order management, automatic billing, and more. How do you compare products and find the differences that should determine your choice? Download this white paper and read up on some of the key issues to explore as you compare products and providers.

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xTupleCon 2014—Why Open Source ERP?


Award winning open source ERP vendor xTuple recently held its user conference—xTupleCon 2014—in its home town of Norfolk, VA. Educational sessions covered not just the xTuple products but also GitHub, common EDI challenges, tools to increase sales, and more. TEC's Ted Rohm takes a look at xTuple's development, open source philosophy, products, and plans for 2015, plus what feature Norfolk Forum speaker Steve Wozniak had to say on the future of computing.

fsm bonds  2014—Why Open Source ERP? xTuple, an award winning open source ERP vendor, recently held its user conference—xTupleCon 2014—in its home town of Norfolk, VA. xTuple’s mission is stated simply: “To help companies of all sizes successfully implement powerful and easy-to-use open source ERP software, to grow their business profitably.” The conference brought together a global community of open source technologists and ERP users to learn, collaborate, and innovate. There were a number of Read More

Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 2: Financial Metrics


If the key financial metrics for creating corporate value relate to costs, capital charges and consumption, and profitability, then the corporate capabilities or competencies required to drive those metrics must include controlling supply chain costs, managing supply chain cycle time, and optimizing responsiveness to the marketplace.

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Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis - Part 2


Part 1 of this series analyzed the phenomenon of the rise of the service economy: the increasing importance of the service sector in industrialized economies. Especially in a sluggish market, service delivered after the initial sale of a product is what can truly differentiate competitors. In fact, after-sale service is quite difficult to replicate. Thus, while durable (hard

fsm bonds  ClickSoftware’s  field service management (FSM)  product is used by 5,200 agents/technicians visiting 1.9 million homes per year to perform deliveries, installations, and repairs to computers and appliances. The mind-boggling task of scheduling that many field resources hints at the complexity of service provision. The final part of this blog series will go beyond the service economy opportunity to analyze why achieving consistently high  customer service  is not an easy feat, (and thus the Scylla Read More

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

fsm bonds  the field service management (FSM) space, IFS has lately had an array of impressive customer wins . Enter IBS AB The third vendor, IBS (International Business Solutions), has also had its fair share of challenges and changes over the past several years. Since the mid-2000s the vendor has had a few chief executive officer (CEO) changes, but it seems to be on a recovery path under Symphony Technology Group (which acquired IBS and took it private in mid-2011) and a new CEO, Douglas Braun, formerly second in Read More

TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of June 4, 2012


*************************************************** SOFTWARE SELECTIONS ***************************************************UNC Charlotte selects BRG and Syclo Industry tags: public sector, education, facilities management "SAP’s recent acquisition of Syclo reportedly did not play a role in the selection of Syclo or BRG for this project. UNCC was an ARCHIBUS IWMS customer that already knew BRG as

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Business Benefits to FSM-CRM-ERP Systems Integration


These days everything starts with the customer and his or her experience. From this perspective—of the customer experience—the service sector must ensure fluency in its operations so that the customer is satisfied and does not go to social media to publicly vent or complain. Certain industries such as manufacturing and services industries, such as utilities and insurance, are some of the most

fsm bonds  customer data, integration among FSM and CRM and ERP software needs to ensure that the data stored in FSM systems—for example, customer location data, best route, etc.—is complemented by the financial details residing in ERP system and the entire customer profile that exists in the CRM system. One challenge to overcome when integrating FSM software with both ERP and CRM systems from a customer data perspective is making sure that the data is clean (no duplications, no incompletes, etc.), coherent, Read More

FinancialForce.com Assuring the CFO’s Trust


Last week, FinancialForce.com, the cloud applications company formed as a joint venture between UNIT4 and salesforce.com, announced the availability of trust.financialforce.com, a resource for customers that describes the control processes, security, application quality, and platform monitoring environment that underpin all FinancialForce.com cloud business applications. Built on the Salesforce

fsm bonds  cloud financial management system (FSM) solutions, as compared with other apps that are more regularly deployed in the cloud, such as for human capital management (HCM) and customer relationship management (CRM). Will this higher trust change the long-ingrained “data hoarding” culture and attitudes of financial executives? TEC   Article (May 2012):  Assessing FinancialForce.com’s Early Years TEC Report (January 2013):  UNIT4 Gearing Up for “Game-Changers” in 2013 Read More

ClickSoftware Gets Wearable with ShiftExpert


ClickSoftware is now helping businesses create wearable experiences with its new ShiftExpert app. The app gives workers easy access to job information, location, and biometric data via devices such as the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch.

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