Making the Transition from Silo to Service Management

Monitoring the end-to-end performance of applications and services at all infrastructure tiers is the "holy grail" of IT organizations. But most companies use silo-based monitoring tools incapable of monitoring events and activities occurring elsewhere in the infrastructure. A "collaborative" approach for deploying such tools stands a greater chance of adoption than the typical top-down implementation method commonly used today.

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Understanding Reverse Logistics in Field Service Management

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This white paper defines reverse logistics as it relates to aftermarket service, describes how it differs from forward logistics, and then discusses the difficulties inherent in selecting and using enterprise software to facilitate reverse logistics and repair processes including warranty repair, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair and handling return material authorizations (RMAs) from distributors. Download the paper. Read More

3 Tips for Integrating Field Service Management Software with ERP

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Field service management software often needs to be integrated with other enterprise software. Learn the three essential tips for integrating your service management system with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and other operational systems, data warehouses, or data sources. Read More

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