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An asset is a product or product component that has been purchased by a customer and installed at, turned on at, or delivered to a customer site. An asset can be a physical product or a service product. Examples include meters, service points, and energy services that are active at specific customer sites. An asset is tracked at an asset number level. An asset has attributes, a configuration, and a location.
Siebel Energy uses both the asset number and product name to track the asset. It is the combination of these two fields that makes an asset unique within Siebel applications. Therefore, the same asset number can be shared by different products. For example, a gas and an electric service point can have identical asset numbers for different products.
Asset management and tracking are important parts of help desk systems and field service applications. Siebel Energy tracks purchases, allows you to create an asset before purchase, and allows you to track the asset's location. The asset management system records the location of serialized products and product components, such as meters, and tracks the movement of these assets from inventory locations to customers or employees.
New or modified asset records can also be automatically received from an integrated third-party asset management system. For more information, see Siebel Enterprise Integration Manager Administration Guide.
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