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SuiteWorld 2014: NetSuite’s Cloud Ebullience Goes On
“NetSuite is the real deal in the enterprise applications space”—the main message of the recent SuiteWorld 2014 conference—was proven by CEO Zach Nelson during

fsm emoticon  as field service management (FSM) software partners ClickSoftware, VSI, Fieldaware, FieldOne , etc.   While NetSuite’s international business is currently growing faster than business in North America, there is still lots of room for improvement. I was surprised to learn that in spite of 19 UI language translations, NetSuite is mainly present in English-speaking countries and Japan, whereas in China, Brazil, India, and other regions partners sell and represent the vendor. Sales in the Asia-Pacific

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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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