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Ian Schmehl, Vice President, Sales, Service, and Digital Operations – AT&T Mexico, talks with Sarah about the criticality of call center and field service collaboration, the growing role AI is playing in the call center, and what the future of a “no-call” center will look like.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Today, we’re going to be talking about the future of the call center.`…

The ability to deliver a measurable return on tech investment quickly (and to the satisfaction of internal stakeholders) is the number one concern for 64 percent of decision-makers when it comes to digital transformation initiatives. However, we know that, all too often, digital transformation desires don’t translate to reality. When you consider the layers of complexity that exist in aligning and executing a digital transformation strategy, it’s easy to begin to identify numerous areas where…

Nowadays, the public discourse on comic book characters is so firmly entrenched into the mainstream that summer blockbuster season (at least in a normal year) is usually clogged with capes, tights, and, I don’t know, Iron Man suits or whatever. Partially because they’re owned by the evil mouse company, much of that discourse centers around Marvel properties, like Captain America, Spider-Man, The Hulk, and so on. And yes, people study this. Child of the eighties…

Jimmy Auw, Director of Central Asia Pacific Services at Lenovo, talks with Sarah about four major focus areas that come into play as Lenovo looks to seize the potential of service.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast, I’m your host Sarah Nicastro. Today I’m going to be talking a bit about the opportunity of embracing service and the potential it can bring to your business with Lenovo. I’m excited to…

There’s a major emphasis among service organizations on the need to modernize and master the recruitment and hiring of a new wave of field talent. This emphasis is incredibly important, and we’ve discussed this topic in some of our content – but today’s article is about what it takes to keep the great talent you already have as the service landscape evolves. Whether your field talent has been on board for two years or 20,…

It feels crass, sometimes, discussing how software can help drop dispatcher-to-tech ratios for field operations. I know dispatchers, and I don’t want to support tech that makes them redundant. In spite of this, I think we all understand that automation of back office processes lessen the workload in the back office, which will lead to the flexibility to limit headcount. But I don’t necessarily think that’s the best way to think about it. I’d argue,…

 Sarah talks with Scott Lowes, Construction Supervisor at FortisBC, about his love for technology, his excitement in seeing it permeate field service, and his advice as a change champion for how to make technology palatable, how to foster adoption versus just compliance, and the joy of the “aha” moment when it takes hold.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to The Future of Field Service Podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Today we are going to…

Sometimes it feels like the majority of content I’m creating is around the move to delivering outcomes. But, guess what? That’s because it is THE single biggest trend – in the form of a truly monumental opportunity – that our audience needs to better grasp, understand, and navigate. In a recent report published by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the firm summarizes the importance of this topic quite nicely by saying, “As the focus of creating…

We spend a lot of our time here discussing servitizaiton: The act of repositioning traditionally product-oriented businesses with a more service-oriented mindset. It’s obvious why we do this: Servitization is a compelling trends, especially in manufacturing, but also in the ways in which industries like utilities, telecommunications, and others are embracing service. We’ve centralized this conversation so much on the move towards product diversification that it’s easy to overlook the companies that have been there…

Howard Bowland, VP Field Services Australia at Schneider Electric and Scott Weller, Partner at Mossrake Continue the discussion with Sarah about the company’s journey to as-a-service in talking about operationally what was required to bring this vision to life, how important agility is, lessons learned, and what they feel the future holds. Click on the link for more information on Schneider Electric’s innovative aaS offer EcoStruxure Outcomes: Secure Power as a Service – www.se.com/au/outcomes    …