Tame the Two-headed Monster: Cost Efficiency and Revenue in Customer Service

Customer service has long been an "island unto itself," where efficiency and volume—and not building customer relationships—have reigned supreme. But priorities are changing. The mission now is to serve better, faster, cheaper—and to make more money in the process. Best-in-class customer service organizations see cost efficiency and revenue as allies, not enemies. What are their secrets?

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Why Your Field Service Operation Needs to Implement a Dynamic Scheduling Engine

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What is a dynamic scheduling engine, and why does your field service management operation need one? Learn the ins and outs of this technology, which can help you adapt to rapidly changing priorities, schedule in real time, meet demanding service level agreements, and more, all while reducing cost. Read More

Databases and ERP Selection: Oracle vs. SQL Server

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The database is an essential component of enterprise applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and enterprise asset management (EAM). This white paper outlines the advantages and disadvantages of the Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server database platforms. How do the two compare when it comes to reliability, scalability, and total cost of ownership (TCO) when integrated with enterprise software? Read More

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