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Software as a Service beyond Customer Relationship Management and Sales
Applications are more often outsourced than infrastructure, and this is increasingly done through software as a service (SaaS). Vendors such as WebEx, Webcom

disadvantages of customer service  However, major potential hosting disadvantages include Potential security risk, since customers' confidential and mission-critical data reside off-site at the hosting provider's or ASP's location. There is vulnerability with regard to Internet security too. The fact that it becomes more costly over the long run, especially with declining traditional software license fees. Even if it is initially cheaper, it is not necessarily better, since there are ongoing expenses and the company will not own the

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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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State of the Market: HR


Despite predictions that it would be subsumed by enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors encroaching from above and automation vendors encroaching from below, the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market has been growing steadily. This guide from TEC and Flexware Innovation provides state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a spotlight on leading vendors.

The products covered in this guide address the management of a company’s workforce, including hiring, payroll, benefits, training, health and safety, and more.

While HRIS are also commonly referred to as human resource management systems (HRMS) or as human capital management (HCM), for the purpose of this guide, we will refer to the systems that support HR functionality as HRIS throughout. All these systems—in one way or another—encompass core HR functionality.

We’ve included customer success stories to illustrate how the various HR solutions have helped companies like yours solve personnel, payroll, and benefit management problems.

For your convenience, there is also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for an HRIS, whether it’s an end-to-end on-premise solution, an on-demand or software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, a third party solution, or a best-of-breed solution.

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which HRIS is best suited to your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize HR Marketplace

Executive Summary: Core HR

Thou Shalt Manage Human Capital Better

Customer Success Story: Core HR

Nikon Reaps Benefits from Ultimate Software’s Ultipro

Executive Summary: Human Capital Management

Tactical Human Resources Evolves into Strategic Human Capital Management

Customer Success Story: Talent Management

Commerce Bank is Counting on Lawson

Vendor Spotlight

Auxillium West

Ceridian Canada Limited

CheckPoint HR

Lawson

NuView Systems, Inc.

Sage Software

Ultimate Software

Unicorn HRO


Download the full copy of the TEC 2008 HR Buyer’s Guide for SMBs.



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State of the HR Marketplace


For many years, HR management has been viewed as the enterprise function responsible for staffing and personnel-related issues, such as recruiting and hiring, establishing employment policies, handling pay and retirement plans, and administering benefits. Today, company executives see the HR function in an entirely different way. From recruiting, hiring, and training new staff, to the transfer of key functions from the back office to the front line, it is evident that executives are looking to transform HR from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic and vital part of the business.

What is fueling this transformation is that SMB executives are beginning to understand the critical link between their people and the bottom line. To remain competitive as an SMB in today’s job market, employers need to know what their employees are doing, what skills they have, their ambitions, how they are progressing, and how they fit into the future of the business.

SMBs that continue to view HR as strictly a department or administrative service and that fail to infuse HR functions throughout the organization will inevitably limit their ability to compete and grow.

We’ll review some of the trends in the HR space, as well as some of the challenges facing SMBs in the wake of globalization and the changing HR landscape.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2008 HR buyers guide for SMBs.

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The Collaboration Advantage: Customer-focused Partnerships in a Global Market


Survey data shows that companies want to improve their strategic business partnerships. Reflecting on lessons learned from past business relationships, 60 percent of respondents say that in future they’ll place more emphasis on developing personal relationships and setting expectations with business partners. Find out how these companies are creating collaborative networks that include business partners and consumers.

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The Benefits of Selecting a CRM Implementation Partner


As you begin a customer relationship management (CRM) initiative, software selection is only one facet of a successful project. You may consider implementing your new CRM system with internal resources. But even in providing a simple CRM solution in your company, a number of steps need to take place, including requirements gathering, configuration, and more. Discover the benefits of selecting a CRM implementation partner.

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Integration and Consolidation of Business Intelligence within Business Performance Management


A growing measure of business performance is financial performance management. Leveraging business intelligence (BI) to map business performance goals requires integrating and consolidating information. Systems Union is embarking on a strategy to triumph in this market.

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The Forrester Wave: CRM Suites Customer Service Solutions, Q3 2010


This paper evaluates various service software solutions for customer service and business process professionals to create differentiated customer experiences and build stronger buyer loyalty. Customers are increasingly online, want self-service options, and demand real-time responses. Also, social media has grown to be an important new channel for interacting with customers and engaging in innovative ways.

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The Integrated Information Management Infrastructure: The Business Value of the Best-of-Suite Approach


Overlooking how an application fits into your overall IT landscape can lead to costly implementations. But addressing data management with middleware solutions that work seamlessly with existing applications in your company’s IT environment can lead to significant benefits. Explore the value of technology decisions that support and maintain infrastructure-wide interoperability with regard to your data management solutions.

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Service Partners


Service Partners is a business consulting company with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and supply chain management (SCM) implementation projects.

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A Leader in Service Management Tackles Multidimensional Growth


Founded in 1999, Servigistics, initially a service parts planning and optimization (SPP/O) specialist, has become a full-fledged service lifecycle management (SLM) platform. P.J. Jakovljevic, principal analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC), runs down the company's history of acquisitions and developments, and interviews Mark Vigoroso, Servigistics' senior vice president of global marketing and alliances.

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The Rising Financial Importance of Service


For the Best-in-Class, service is a profit center and a competitive differentiator. As a result, these organizations are yielding soaring financial results. Download this infographic from the Aberbeen Group and see how organizations can win by providing best-in-class service to their customers.

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A Candid Conversation with a Field Service Workforce Management Leader


ClickSoftware, rooted in field service workforce scheduling and optimization, provides automated workforce management and optimization solutions, on-demand and on-premise, creating business value through higher productivity, customer satisfaction, and operational efficiency. Its patented concept of “continuous planning and scheduling” covers the entire service lifecycle management realm. TEC presents a candid Q&A session.

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