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Advanced Meter Infrastructure: Composite Technologies to Meet New Demands in Sales and Customer Service
Traditionally, utilities have leveraged robust meter, network, and customer service infrastructures. These technologies served the needs of largely regulated

marginal utility definition  capacities are becoming more marginal, and inelastic demand is restricting revenue growth. Organizations must find ways to reduce costs over the short term while simultaneously adapting to new legislatively mandated market rules that require utilities to compete for customers on the open market. To address these challenges, the next generation of technology to be applied to metering and customer service infrastructures is known as advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) . Widely seen as a disruptive

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Customer Care and Billing (CC&B)

Customer care and billing (CC&B) solutions typically support providers of utilities, telephony, cable, or other services providing companies. CC&B software includes functionality for mediation, provisioning, rating, reporting, financial systems, and billing for voice, data, content, and utility services. 

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Customer Relationship Management: Putting Customers at the Center of the Business


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Managing Utility Technology and Service Acquisitions in the Smart Grid Age


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WMS Helps Vehicle Distribution Company Improve Delivery


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How to Gain Competitive Advantage through Global Product Development


Because products ultimately define a manufacturing company’s success, product development is mission-critical by definition. It’s also expensive—in most manufacturing sectors, companies annually reinvest between 3 and 8 percent of their total revenues back into product development. Find out how to leverage global product development to gain a dramatic increase in productivity within your product development operation.

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Mixed-Mode Manufacturing (ERP)


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