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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,

fsm book  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

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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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