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I have always been of a mind that the most important thing that software—any software—can do is to get out of your way. Even social media platforms, cultural cancers that they are, know that their key purpose (communication) needs to be easy, accessible, and provide the necessary feedback to show that it is working (“likes”, as it were). These are the keys of solid programming, and they’re how and why we use the devices that…

Richard Culberson, Executive Director, Smart Home and IoT Strategy & Operations, talks with Sarah about lessons learned in working to diversify revenue streams with service.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Today, we are going to be taking an inside look at Cox Communications’ service-based revenue diversification strategy. Say that three times fast. I am joined today by Richard Culberson, who is the executive director…

The future of work is a topic that comes up in almost every conversation I have in one way or another. Service leaders are grappling with a lack of available talent, working to determine how the field service role is changing, and balancing the management and retention of both older and young workers who have significantly different needs and desires. There are many layers to this conversation, all of which we will continue to dig…

Oh how we love servitization. We talk all the time about traditional companies product-izing repairs and regular service, building product categories around utilities that previously were seen as a cost center, or relegated to other organizations altogether. But what about those businesses who have been delivering service all along? We certainly talk about them, and we talk to them. Their experience extends, under many circumstances, far beyond that of new entrants. And as the expectations…

Jordan Argiriou, Director, Service Solutions APEC at QIAGEN talks with Sarah about how to normalize a focus on mental health in the workplace, how to grapple with varying comfort levels, and how to navigate cultural differences around the topic.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Very excited for today’s episode. I even, for those of you watching the video, wore a shirt specific to our…

I’m hopeful by now you’ve seen the special report we published recently, The Service Centricity Playbook: 7 Phases of Morphing from Product Provider to Trusted Advisor (if not, please check it out!). The report looks at the common steps along the journey that companies take when servitizing their businesses. But we all know that the real value comes in when you can spend time with people that have done the work and are willing to…

I’ve been a remote worker since I started at IFS in 2019. For the first 15 months of my remote employment, I felt like a member of an exclusive club. No commute, the ability to play 90’s hip hop as loud as I want, and the daily company of no one other than my dog, French Fry, who did not complain when I microwaved fish for lunch. In March of last year, though, my wife…