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Optimal Service-parts Management
Today’s service-parts organizations, such as those in the aerospace and defense, automotive, agricultural, heavy equipment, and industrial machinery industries,

optimal service  Service-parts Management Today’s service-parts organizations, such as those in the aerospace and defense, automotive, agricultural, heavy equipment, and industrial machinery industries, are pursuing the service- and spare-parts market for revenue and profit growth. Increasing customer demands and a dynamic marketplace are forcing these organizations to operate at new levels of flexibility and responsiveness, to address customer requirements and attain targeted profit margins.

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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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The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 2


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optimal service  reshuffling to seek an optimal schedule is way beyond the capabilities of the human brain, even for just a small group of resources. The abovementioned service policy is the business logic that enables the computer to know what is good for the particular service business and the rules by which to schedule. Booking Appointments Dynamically As mentioned in my series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla & Charybdis,” appointment booking is the process of agreeing on a service window Read More

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The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the increasing importance of the service sector in industrialized economies. But while the vast customer service software market’s opportunity was examined there, the series also pointed out the treacherous complexity of planning

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Delivering Superior Customer Value in Communications Firms Enabling Optimal Offer Creation for Service Providers


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Ventyx Service Suite


The Ventyx Service Suite software, services and roadmap have been developed in collaboration with the largest and most progressive group of utilities in the world – over 100,000 mobile technicians and their dispatchers use Service Suite every day. Their ongoing feedback has enabled Ventyx to develop the most comprehensive, intuitive solution with proven functionality to increase productivity and reduce costs: Forecasting enables transparent and accurate workforce planning and the balancing of work requirements Scheduling helps utilities to get the job done right with the right resources, the first time, by sequencing work for optimal efficiency. Dispatch automates routine orders and proactively responds to emergency situations in real time. Work Progress Monitoring provides real-time visibility into the progress of work so that field workforces and resources can be effectively managed.  

optimal service  by sequencing work for optimal efficiency. Dispatch automates routine orders and proactively responds to emergency situations in real time. Work Progress Monitoring provides real-time visibility into the progress of work so that field workforces and resources can be effectively managed. Read More

5 Key Steps to Make Field Service Profitable


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optimal service  Key Steps to Make Field Service Profitable Is field service seen as a cost center at your business? Providing field service can be a complex process, but that does not have to mean it’s unprofitable. Every field service interaction is an opportunity to not only delight customers, but also increase revenue. Here are 5 easy steps to get your field service organization in the black this year. Accomplish all five and get your field techs, customers, and balance sheet in your favor. Read More

A Candid Conversation with a Field Service Workforce Management Leader


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optimal service  end-to-end processes to maintain optimal balance between their workload and their capacity—for today, next week, or next quarter. TEC: Given that ClickSoftware develops its scheduling and optimization software for a wide variety of industries, aren’t you diluting your effectiveness in industries with very specific requirements, such as utilities and communications? Coming back to the example of Ventyx, it develops applications solely for the utility (especially nuclear power) and communications Read More

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Market Landscape Report: Field Service Management


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ITIL Service Support Processes in Record Time


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optimal service  Field Service Management Certification Report Sky by FieldOne is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of field service management (FSM) solutions in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Evaluation Centers. Certification ensures that FieldOne has demonstrated Sky's support for specific real-world business processes chosen by TEC analysts, and that TEC analysts have analytically and comparatively reviewed research questionnaire data about Sky against known Read More