Constellation ShortList™ for Field Service Management

Constellation has announced the Constellation ShortList vendors in Field Service Management which provides the best capabilities to help employees serve customers. Field customer service occurs when resources or services are deployed onsite at a client. Field service management software enables companies to be flexible and nimble when providing service. These offerings are great at detecting problems before having to send someone to repair or fix a customer’s issue. In the event they must send someone, they can communicate in real-time with customers, provide on-site information about products and repair issues while offering relevant and timely service.

These offerings help companies improve their operational efficiencies by optimizing work-order routing and technician scheduling, which results in quicker resolution of issues. Analytics used in field services often optimize when services are deployed and how assets are tied to deployment of resources. They have advanced scheduling systems that let the customer know when the technician or field-service employee will arrive within a reasonable window of time. Helping provide an excellent customer experience is the most important aspect of field service management solutions.

The Constellation ShortList presents vendors in different categories of the market relevant to early adopters. In addition, products included in this document meet the threshold criteria for this category as determined by Constellation Research.  This Constellation ShortList of vendors for a market category is compiled through conversations with early adopter clients, independent analysis, and briefings with vendors and partners.

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Good diagnostics prior to rolling out the truck
  • Resource management
  • Case management
  • Communication with the customer on the status of the technician’s arrival
  • Scheduling
  • Resource allocation
  • Inventory optimization
  • Mobile enablement.

Constellation evaluates over 25 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research. These are the best-of-breed vendors that provide applications and services without bundling into another platform:

  • IFS
  • Oracle Field Service Cloud (formerly TOA Technologies)
  •  ServiceMax
  • ClickSoftware
  • PTC
  • SAP
  • Vertical Solutions.

For more information on the short lists, please see the Constellation Research site.

@Drnatalie Petouhoff, VP and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research, Covering Customer-Facing Applications

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Constellation ShortList™ for Digital Performance Management

Digital Performance Management provides companies with the analytics to determine if their customer experience is optimized. The Constellation ShortList presents vendors in different categories of the market relevant to early adopters. In addition, products included in this document meet the threshold criteria for this category as determined by Constellation Research. This Constellation ShortList of vendors for a market category is compiled through conversations with early adopter clients, independent analysis, and briefings with vendors and partners.

Mastering digital performance management (DPM) is one of the leading challenges of the digital economy. Often referred to as application performance management (APM), it requires a joint effort between many functional departments, such as marketing, sales, customer service, e-commerce and IT. It is no longer just about IT looking at the performance of the technology stack or the management of the infrastructure or cloud that delivers customer experience.

Today, it’s about the collaboration between the lines of business and IT to measure and manage the end-to-end transaction delivery and translate it into actionable information that a brand can use to optimize customer experience, as well as the performance of the technologies used to deliver it. When DPM is optimized, companies can deliver an engaging digital experience, maximize revenue and improve brand loyalty. DPM vendors help both the business and engineering teams to not only define conversion and revenue goals but also make sure they are reached.

They make sure the application’s performance doesn’t become a roadblock to optimal customer experiences and reaching business metrics, including conversion rates, high availability and high user experience indexes. The goal is to monitor and measure to eliminate all revenue barriers with a strong focus on digital performance to ensure that the road to conversion is quick and easy; the customer experience is smooth; and customers remain loyal as a result.

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Monitoring of each customer’s journey and business transactions, using intelligent analytics
  • Proactive application monitoring for quick problem resolution and maximum availability
  • Full insights into each customer’s journey to make better business decisions
  • Connect the dots between customer experience, application performance and business outcomes
  • Full technology stack monitoring with deep operational insights into the user’s application environment
  • Big data monitoring and data visualization
  • Mobile application monitoring
  • Cloud, server and mainframe monitoring
  • Load testing, virtualization and network monitoring
  • Customer behavior analytics.

Constellation evaluates over 25 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research. These are the best-of-breed vendors that provide applications and services without bundling into another platform:

  • APM+
  • AppDynamics
  • Dynatrace
  • NeoSense
  • Oracle
  • SAP
  • SOASTA.

For more information, please see the Constellation Research website.

@DrNatalie Petouhoff, VP and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research, Covering Customer Facing Applications

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SAP Hybris -Commerce / IOT / CRM Event 2016

After attending the SAP Hybris IOT/ CRM event, I was very impressed to see a vendor really connect the dots between commerce and customer service and customer experience. Commerce is really where the rubber meets the road. At the end of the day, if the customer experience is poor, customers will abandon shopping carts and revenue will suffer. But SAP Hybris is helping customers handle this. SAP Hybris is looking to become partners with brands in their digital transformation. They deliver  customer data management, context-driven marketing tools and unified commerce processes for all a brand’s channels.

  • SAP Hybris Commerce Solution: This solution helps brands to target and engage with your customers better, wherever they are. As the world of commerce continues to change, this can give customers a consistent and meaningful experience – across every channel, every time.  The core hybris solution ranks consistently among the top commerce software platforms worldwide. Their B2B and B2C commerce applications include an Omni-Channel Offering, Product Content Management (also known as Master Data Management or Product Information Management), Order Managementhybris Marketing Conversion, and powerful search and merchandising. And Hybris, at its core, is omni-channel. The commerce software helps integrate all digital and physical customer touchpoints onto a single platform – including online, mobile, point-of-sale, call center, social media and print. Regardless of your industry, SAP can help to create contextual, personalized and relevant customer experiences that boost loyalty and increase sales. Brands can kick-start their commerce project in just a few months through the hybris Commerce Accelerator. Omni-channel solutions are pre-configured for B2C and B2B, and for specific regions and industries.
  • SAP Hybris Marketing: This solution combines superior customer insight with a highly agile and scalable platform. Brands can reach their customers at all points of their journey, and boost loyalty by responding to real-time data to deliver the best possible customer experience. Note that traditional marketing campaigns can fall short at engaging the individual customer. They can lack the basic knowledge of customer’s wants and needs and blast indiscriminate messages to the masses. However, Hybris Marketing enables marketers to develop a deeper understanding of customers; i.e., to know what they have done, what they may do and most importantly what they are doing now. Brands can gain real-time insights into the context of each customer and leverage these insights to deliver highly individualized customer experiences across channels. Here are some of the benefits:
  1. Understand Real-Time Customer Intents. Dynamically capture and enrich customer profiles across all sources into a single view, leverage implicit customer signals to gain insights into customer’s real-time intents
  2. Deliver Unique Customer Experiences. Convert ‘in-the-moment’ opportunities to dynamically deliver contextually relevant customer experiences across channels. Create new engagements to increase online community participation and customer loyalty
  3. Market with Speed and Agility. Proactively react to customer opportunities with increased visibility and alignment of the marketing process, resources, and performance.
  • Products for Billing: SAP Hybris Billing helps brands to monetize their digital transformation and renovate their revenue management processes with a highly agile and scalable platform. SAP allows customers to build flexible pricing models to meet their B2C and B2B customer needs as well as share revenues with partners of their business network.

SAP /IOT: Devices of all types now communicate over the Internet, creating unprecedented potential for sales and service in the utilities industries. IoT items include smart home appliances, thermostats, meters and monitoring software, cars, alternate power devices, irrigation technology, fleet vehicles, store sensors, networked sensors, and software integrated with machinery. All of these support a new and diverse collection of customers and consumers: more aware, expecting individualized service, and a radically changing the supplier/customer relationship. The connectivity and communication abilities of devices of all sizes will vastly change every aspect of marketing, delivery, and support of utilities, as it has done with other industries. Countries, cities, and individual consumers are making significant changes in their consumption and usage of utility-related resources. Some of these include:

>> More reliable connectivity, increased data availability, and lower price points make virtually anything connectible

>> Every business must now consider itself a digital business, regardless what product or service is being sold

> Every business must own its data and make it available across the organization and to consumers

Businesses are preparing for a future where software becomes more important than hardware and data becomes more important than products. A new generation of consumer (the prosumer) is becoming an active partner in the production and distribution cycle. What are the benefits?

  • Better use of a utility’s products and services, making consumption and customer relations healthier
  • The opportunity to upsell and/or to offer upgrades for newer, better, and more effective products and services
  • Predictive service based on warnings, alarms, or analytics sent by the devices themselves
  • Tailored pricing – flexible entitlements based on usage, frequency or time, and metering
  • Wider range of services– extension into new service areas
  • Enables direct conversations between customer devices and business platforms
  • Analyzes large quantities of data in real-time against defined business KPIs
  • Lower regulatory risk and cost of compliance through increased visibility and response.

The event was a very important one in the history of SAP. These are key aspects to the digital transformation of any company and SAP’s ability to help their customers transform key aspects of their business are critical. This is certainly not your grandpas’ CRM.

@Drnatalie Petouhoff

Covering Customer Experience, Marketing, IOT and Digital Transformation.

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Capgemini is Named a 2015 SAP® Pinnacle Awardee for Services Transformation Partner

One of the most important things about technology is that it works and delivers on it’s promise. But it can’t do that without the ability to have it implemented well. And often it’s not a matter of just implementing it well. Today implementing technology means that you are looking at transforming the organization and how it does business. That must be done to use the new systems of engagement and systems for the future of how work gets done.

That’s why it’s notable that Capgemini received a 2015 SAP® Pinnacle Award as the Services Transformation Partner of the Year. This award recognizes Capgemini’s outstanding contributions as an SAP partner. SAP presents these awards annually to the top partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with SAP and helping customers run better. Winners and finalists in 22 categories were chosen based on recommendations from the SAP field, customer feedback and performance indicators in the following umbrella categories: Exponential Growth, Cloud, Platform and Value Creation.

Capgemini has Delivery and Solution Design Centers devoted to work related to SAP software, which leverage its Intellectual Property solutions for the Cloud, Mobility, Analytics and the SAP HANA® platform, its OnePath pricing and licensing models and its preconfigured industry solutions. Capgemini’s solutions and implementation methodologies for SAP software can be tailored to companies of all sizes, and build on its deep industry experience, particularly in Consumer Goods and Retail, Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing, Public Sector and Financial Service.

Congrats to Capgemini!

@DrNatalie

VP and Principle Analyst, Constellation Research

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SAP Interview – Mark Yolton – TheSocialNetworkShow.com

In this interview, I interview Mark Yolton, the Senior Vice President of SAP. We discuss DiSCo, ROI, Inffluencers and Contributers and User Generated Content, so this is an interview you won’t want to miss!

Mark has served in management positions at Oracle, PeopleSoft, Sun Microsystems, Unisys, and Prudential in areas including: marketing, eBusiness, website/portal/ community management, from headquarters, to field, and division-level positions.

Born in Texas, grew up near Philadelphia, now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California with his wife, three kids, two grandsons, and a Harley-Davidson Road King Classic.

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Webinar Proving Social Media ROI With SocialMediaToday.com & SAP

Proving Social Media ROI: What is Engagement Worth?

How can you conclusively demonstrate the return on your social media investment? Research performed for The Social Customer Engagement Index 2012 revealed that two of the biggest obstacles in engaging with customers on social networks were management buy-in (31%) and determining ROI (28%) – and of course, management is more likely to buy in if the payoff is clear.

Proving Social Media ROI from by myself, Social Media Today and sponsored SAP.
But the path to social media ROI is highly variable, depending on your business, your market, your customers and your company culture. And being able to quantify any investment through ROI is also key in justifying your social media budget ‘ask’.

Listen to the debate on defining, and implementing measurable ROI to every kind of business. Our experts discuss:

  • Building engagement with customers, establishing tie-ins to purchasing and reducing costs of customer service.
  • Is calculating ROI for social media even possible? If not, what’s a suitable substitute?
  • Which ROI-oriented answers do practitioners need to prepare to support their arguments?
  • Which analytics will help a business determine true ROI given its particular market?
  • Key case studies showing how successful groups approached ROI when faced with these questions

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Social Media Club LA presents “Loving Your Customers: Social CRM”

The Social Media Club/LA (SMCLA) today announced it will present, in cooperation with sponsor SAP, a panel discussion on social customer relationship management (CRM) titled “Loving Your Customer.”  In this second SMC_LA presented panel discussion of the year, speakers will highlight how customers can tap into the latest mobile trends to get the most benefits from their social programs.

The discussion will take place on Tues., Feb. 21, from 6-10 p.m. at the ING Café in Los Angeles. Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, president of SMCLA, will moderate the discussion. She will be joined by speakers Jon Ferrara, CEO of Nimble; Gary May, president of Interactive Marketing and Consulting Services (IM@CS); and Charles Miller, director of Digital Care and Social Media, Mobile Smartphone at Direct TV. To learn more about the presentation or to RSVP, please go towww.socialmediaclub.la.

The Social Media Club of Los Angeles focuses on the unique mix of entertainment, technology and culture that makes Los Angeles an epicenter of the next evolution of the Internet. It hosts monthly panels on topical and relevant social media issues. Its February panel discussion will be presented in sponsorship with SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software, which also offers leading social CRM solutions.

“Today, SAP is on innovation hyperdrive,” said Vinay Iyer, vice president, Global Marketing, SAP CRM. “With a user-centric lens on big data, mobility, cloud and social technologies, we are helping our customers have more relevant and smarter 360-degree conversations with their customers like never before, without requiring them to dig into existing ERP and CRM foundations every time. Not only can our offerings inspire social marketing efforts, but SAP is also an exemplar of social in-bound and out-bound marketing practices. We grew our own social channels two-fold last year, and we’re leveraging best practices through our participation in Social Media Club/LA.”

SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device, SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition.

About Social Media Club LA

Who is SMCLA?

SMCLA is a non-profit, volunteer-based club. Members of SMCLA include influencers throughout the Los Angeles community who range from tech, marketing, PR, entertainment, entrepreneurs, and media to name a few.   SMCLA panels typically draw 100-150 in-person attendees and when livestreamed, an additional 400+ who tune in via our video webcast.  Our panels have already covered the movie and music industries, branding in Social Media, search engine marketing and more.

 

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What is SMCLA?

The Social Media Club of Los Angeles focuses on the unique mix of entertainment, technology and culture that makes Los Angeles an epicenter of the next evolution of the Internet.  Founded in July of 2008, SMCLA hosts monthly panels on topical and relevant Social Media issues.

To learn more about Social Media Club Los Angeles, please go to www.socialmediaclub.la

Find Us Here:

Website: http://www.socialmediaclub.la

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/smc_la

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/socialmediaclubLA

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1839487&trk=hb_side_g

 

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SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries.

All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies

Speakers:

Jon Ferrara, CEO, Nimble 

 

English: Jon Ferrara Portrait

Image via Wikipedia Jon has over 20 years of experience in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Sales Force Automation (SFA). An entrepreneur at heart, Jon founded GoldMine CRM in 1989 with a college friend and turned it into a very successful venture that he eventually sold to FrontRange.

Today, business has changed. With the advent of social media, email, IM, text messages and more, businesses are overwhelmed by the myriad applications needed to listen to and engage with their customers. The question is no longer how to stay connected – but how to efficiently and cost-effectively build business relationships given multiple communication channels. From that new need sprang Jon Ferrara’s latest innovation: Nimble.

After two years of development and thousands of real world users, Nimble has emerged as the next evolution in relationship management – the only web-based solution that brings together all of your contacts, calendar, communications and collaborations in one simple, free platform.

Gary May, President/Consultant, Interactive Marketing and Consulting Services (imacsweb)

IM@CS continually evolves to build, educate on and support platforms in critical sales, branding, process, media and best practice application for forward-thinking companies and those trying to grasp the online space. We work with retail, manufacturers, portals and service providers that have a large consumer-facing business, primarily in the automotive industry as well as luxury and specialty markets and other high-end services.

IM@CS also specializes in working with companies investigating opportunities within the automotive market to make sense of a diverse and dynamic environment, providing insight, direction and solid fundamentals to achieve success.

Overall we provide greater opportunities through brand awareness, reputation management, process improvement and sales organization coaching for companies looking to create sustainable improvements and add to their bottom line.

Charles Miller, Director, Digital Care and Social Media / Mobile Smartphone Support Strategy, DIRECTV, Inc.

 

DirecTV

Image via WikipediaA leading Social Media practitioner, speaker and panelist, Charles has advised CMOs, CIOs, and CTOs on Social Media best practices, sCRM, and customer communities nationally. Within DIRECTV he has influenced and helped employ Social Media use throughout the enterprise including advising PR, Marketing, Engineering, Research, Field Services and Mobile Advanced Services. His operations team is both U.S. and internationally based with overseas travel to Manila, Hong Kong, London, Paris and Rome.

 

Forrester Research and Frost & Sullivan seek out his insight for studies, publications have noted his expertise, and case studies are now featured in recent business books for adapting business practices based on online feedback. Expert Social Media practitioner featured on Mashable, ComputerWorld, ZDNet, Financial Times of London, and CNNLive.com

Dr. Natalie Petuohoff Dr. Natalie, a former social media Forester Analyst, heads up the Social Media Executive Education Division at UCLA and is President of the Social Media Club Los Angeles. Her experiences as an Ad Agency executive and management consultant provides unique business insights that she shares as an accomplished keynote speaker, quoted expert and featured guest expert on TV and radio.  Dr. Natalie helps companies understand how social media affects the bottom-line and to create executable strategies that provide real business value. She does this by benchmarking the “As Is” state of social media initiatives and compares them to “Could Be” via best practices.  With this insight, businesses can create a world-class social media and digital presences and monetize their investments. Dr. Natalie wrote the world’s first social media ROI calculator.

Hope to see you there!
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