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It's the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part I)
Regardless of the economic environment (and sentiments), I always think of the opportunity within the aftermarket service and support as a profitable, high

aftermarket service companies  the opportunity within the aftermarket service and support as a profitable, high-margin and customer-captive business, and yet, still underserved. General Electric (GE) would be the proverbial example of a company that has focused on aftermarket opportunities, going so far as to call itself a services company as opposed to a products company. GE indeed, starting with Jack Welch’s long chief executive officer (CEO) tenure, has been widely reported to have significantly increased both its total

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Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems

Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming quoting and ordering processes, decrease unit costs, and lower sales costs. Q2O suites can further help enterprises increase sales effectiveness across all channels. These solutions help companies that sell complex products and services shift their focus to customer-facing sales and service issues. 

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Avoid the Perils of Service Parts Planning in Supply Chain Management


Significant differences exist between the new parts production supply chain and the service and replacement parts supply chain. Companies using conventional, new product inventory methods are missing opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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VSI Putting Its Service Management Feelers Out


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution providers are beginning to recognize that manufacturing companies now view aftermarket service as a strategic initiative. Along these lines, several ERP firms have announced partnerships with Vertical Solutions Inc. (VSI) to extend their solutions for companies to connect back-office and service operations.

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IFS To Be At Customers' (Web) Service


IFS invested heavily in both product development and worldwide growth infrastructure for a few years, now with that infrastructure in place, the company’s financial position has improved. This balancing of expenditures to promote global growth and improved cash flow has long been IFS’ mixed blessing conundrum. As the bigger vendors will intensify their mid-market aspirations, IFS continues to increase its marketshare worldwide, particularly in mid-market.

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It's the Aftermarket Service, Stupid! (Part II)


Part I of this blog topic introduced MCA Solutions and its flagship Service Planning Optimization (SPO) solution for planning and optimizing spare parts [evaluate this product]. That blog post also tackled MCA's notably good times during 2007. In the meantime, an informative post on MCA was also published by the Sourcing Innovation blog. A related 2007 milestone at MCA included a significant

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Service Performance Insight


Service Performance Insight (SPI Research) provides research, consulting, training, and business planning to professional service organizations (PSOs).

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Transform Your Service Organization into a Performance-driven Leader


Performance management is key in service optimization. Without the ability to measure the business value of your actions, you are essentially driving blind, not knowing whether your decisions are taking you in the right direction. Measurement, however, is only as useful as your ability to translate it into action. See how to enact change throughout your organization via the agility of your solution and the processes to tie everything together.

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Procurement Outsourcing: 10 Things Companies Really Want to Know


Procurement Outsourcing: The 10 Things Companies Really Want to Know draws upon recent discussions with dozens of companies that are exploring outsourcing services. Jason Gilroy and colleagues draw upon their years of procurement expertise to provide answers to common questions surrounding the outsourcing of procurement services.

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FSM Software Review: IFS Field Service Management


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
  • Contract and Warranty Management
  • 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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Comarch Field Service Management


Comarch Field Service Management (FSM) system is a complete solution for scheduling, staffing, managing, and supporting workforce in the field. Efficiency is achieved by selecting the most suitable resources for each task, as well as accounting for scheduling issues. The decision is made taking into consideration modifiable and adjustable ratings, according to a company’s unique business model. Comarch FSM helps take service management to the next level through the following: System comprehensiveness (schedules, work time, skills, resources, spare parts, orders, and service level agreement [SLA] information—all in one single system) Automated tasks-resources matching based on technician calendar availability, skills, location, etc. Utilization of supporting mobile technologies, global positioning system (GPS), and geographical information systems (GISs) Service-oriented architecture (SOA) enabling effortless integration with third-party systems  

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Understanding Reverse Logistics in Field Service Management


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.

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