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Enterprise Resource Planning for Services: Has Software as a Service Become Service-oriented Architecture for Small to Medium Businesses?
In the past, enterprise resource planning (ERP) initiatives were far too costly for smaller organizations to consider. However, a trend has recently emerged

service businesses  market, software as a service (SaaS) is the technology of choice. These new approaches to selling ERP solutions are claimed to be more efficient, affordable, and simpler ways to reduce costs and address integration issues common in company-wide ERP implementations. By leveraging the Internet, the services model offered by SOA and SaaS has made ERP more attractive to all market segments. In the past, smaller organizations would not consider ERP initiatives due to ERPs exorbitant costs. ERP implementations

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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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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One Vendor’s Mission to Make Service Businesses Click - Part 1


My recent series of tutorial articles entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” and “The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains” have drawn solid interest and valuable feedback. Along similar lines was the series on general workforce management (WFM) systems (i.e., not necessarily only in field service) entitled “Integrated Workforce

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Part 1 of this blog series introduced ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ: CKSW), which until recently had focused solely on workforce and service optimization software solutions for large field service companies. Gradually, via both internal development and a few appetizing acquisitions in 2009, the vendor added a few important growth engines, such as mobile computing solutions

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This field service management (FSM) software review report examines the FSM software by IFS and its support for discrete manufacturing processes against known benchmarks. It assesses IFS Field Service Management for FSM functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Customer Engagement Management
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  • Work Order Management
  • Inventory, Logistics, and Parts Planning
  • Workforce Forecasting and Planning
  • Scheduling and Routing
  • Integration
  • Analytics and Reporting

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the FSM software based on a demonstration provided by IFS. The review identifies the features of IFS Field Service Management that distinguishes it from other business process management solutions, including its integrated knowledge management engine and its mobile compatibility for reports, work orders, employee scheduling, and tracking of inventory. In this review, the analyst outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

IFS Field Service Management achieved TEC certification status for its FSM software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the FSM software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of IFS Field Service Management, a TEC analyst has assessed the FSM software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that IFS Field Service Management is a strong FSM system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how IFS Field Service Management can help businesses achieve their FSM objectives.

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