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Park Place Technologies (PPT) has provided third party management of IT data center equipment since 1991, currently operating in 58,000 data centers in more than 150 countries. The company strives to simplify the management of complex hybrid environments to maximize uptime, improve operational speed and accelerate business transformation for its customers. As companies pivot to remote work as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, their reliance on technology infrastructure is even greater. So too, though, are…

You’ve spent years, maybe decades, working to develop and hone your leadership skills. You educate yourself in order to continually improve, you find effective ways to keep yourself motivated in order to impactfully lead, and you seek leadership tactics to fit the breadth of your employees’ needs. You fall into a rhythm and gain confidence in your leadership style and skill. Then, one day, everything changes. Not only do working conditions almost instantly transform, but…

Many leading service organizations have been on a digital transformation journey for some time – those companies have been well-positioned to quickly build upon their efforts to react to these new and challenging circumstances. Other service businesses, however, have been dragging their feet a bit when it comes to embracing the potential that digital holds. Those laggards are now turning to digital transformation in an effort to survive the global pandemic and, in doing so,…

I’ve been learning recently about some of the unique pressures that utilities, especially in the U.K., face. As most of you know, my coverage of service has always been from a horizontal perspective – and I do believe that the majority of the challenges and opportunities for service-based business are shared from industry to industry. That said, there are of course intricacies to each industry – and I’m learning that for utilities specifically the journey…

Over the past few weeks I’ve been able to connect with several service leaders to discuss the different ways they are tackling the impact of this global pandemic. I’ve appreciated each of these conversations, not just for the insight they’ve provided on how businesses across industries are responding to such uncharted waters – but also because they show a willingness and desire to stay connected as a community and to share with one another lessons…

I don’t know of a service organization today that isn’t interested in creating new revenue streams and diversifying its offerings. I do, however, know a number of organizations looking to do this that feel stuck – for a variety of reasons – with the “how.” Back in 2012 when I was at the helm of Field Technologies, we featured Restaurant Technologies, Inc. (RTI) on the cover of the magazine. The company was an early adopter…

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had several conversations to understand how our audience is navigating the current crisis. I’ve talked with service leaders, consultants, technology providers, and even a physician about how they are being impacted both as individuals and as businesses. While the circumstances we’re all facing are unspeakable, there are a few themes I plan to explore in the coming weeks that surface in nearly every conversation I’ve had and serve…

Munters is a global leader in energy-efficient and sustainable air treatment solutions for demanding industrial applications and agriculture sectors. Munters was founded in 1955 and has been listed on Nasdaq Stockholm since 2017. The company has net sales of about SEK 7.1 Billion, 3,100 employees, and manufacturing and sales operations in 30 countries. As the Director of Global Customer Service for Munters, Roel Rentmeesters is part of the Global Services Management team, and is responsible…

This week we had a home security upgrade installed by Vivint. I always find it interesting to be on the receiving end of a field service experience because I’m more intimately aware than many of what’s being demanded of these companies, what the areas of focus are in terms of innovation, and what technologies are available to them to streamline and improve the customer experience. I liken it to my level of awareness when I…

There’s a widespread recognition among the organizations I speak with that they need to become more agile, but there’s also a common struggle when it comes to actually adopting more agile principles and practices. In a recent interview I conducted with Amanda Moore, Head of IT – Customer Projects, Support & Field Services at Schneider Electric for a must-listen episode of the Future of Field Service podcast, she attributed much of the reason for this…