Q&A: Field service organizations and the need to optimize service models

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Research, Service Management, Strategy

Field service organizations must optimize their reactive service models today and plan for predictive service models tomorrow. In this Q&A, I will ask Mark Brewer, service industry expert and Global Service Industry Director for Service Management at IFS, to shed some light on the industry’s need to optimize business service models. Meet our service industry expert Mark…

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Integrating field service management software

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Service Management

There are two central truths when it comes to enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The first is that it is a long-term investment, and you don’t rip and replace what you have implemented unless it is absolutely necessary. The second is that no ERP will do everything, or everything well, and you need smart ways…

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2018 service industry trends

by   |    |   6 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Research, Service Management, Strategy

With an explosive growth in new technologies to gather and use data to optimize service delivery, this will be at the heart of driving the service industry in 2018. IoT in combination with digital twins, AI-powered service organizations and equipping users to service their own assets are key trends impacting the service industry, predicts Mark…

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IFS & innovation comes together at EUW 2017

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Energy and Utilities, Events, Service Management

A recap of the European Utility Week 2017 (EUW 2017) event and more. It’s now been just over a few weeks since we took a stand at the European Utility Week event in Amsterdam. The theme of our booth was aligned with our global Industry Experts campaign and was a look back at the original founders…

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Leveraging digital transformation to improve customer service

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Research, Service Management, Strategy

Can service organizations leverage digital transformation to improve customer service and exceed expectations? Servitization. Uberization. Driverless cars. Drones. Digital transformation appears to be both a blessing and curse to the field service industry. The downside to digital revolution? Customer expectation rises as new technology makes a consumer’s life easier. But fundamentally, a service organization strives…

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Internet of Things (IoT)

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Asset Intensive, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Research, Service Management, Supply Chain

According to a primary research study of 200 IoT decision makers with industrial companies, about 85 percent of them collect data from sensors on their equipment or equipment they install at customer sites. Industrial companies may be further along with the Internet of Things (IoT) than most other companies because they have, since the 1970s,…

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workforce management software

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Mobility, Service Management, Strategy

Technology is a great enabler for growing businesses. It helps break down barriers, which allow companies to compete on levels that traditionally were much harder to penetrate due to their competitor’s strong held points of differentiation. However, while technology opens the door for your business to become more competitive, it also does the same for…

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servitization of the field service industry

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Service Management, Strategy

The field service management landscape is changing and it’s powered by servitization. Enterprise organizations across multiple industries are embracing servitization as a natural next step in transformative business. With profit margins reducing and operating costs rising in our rapidly changing, technologically charged world, embracing new ways of doing business is a clear strategic move. Servitization…

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field service technicians

by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Service Management, Strategy

How field service technicians can increase customer satisfaction by providing customers with a voice. Don’t be the field engineer who hits the mute button on your customer. It’s easy to fall into today’s technology trap. The customer reports a symptom, assumes you know the resolution and that you’ll be able to walk right in and…

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Key benefits from choosing the right service management software

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Mobility, Service Management, Strategy, Supply Chain

Let’s face it, in 2017 and beyond, if you are relying on whiteboards, spreadsheets and hand-written notes to drive your service operations, then you are going to have an uphill battle on your hands. In my line of work, I regularly speak with service organisations across a range of industries as we aim to learn…

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