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I had the good fortune last week of interviewing Paul Joesbury, Commercial Operations Director at HomeServe, for an upcoming episode of the Future of Field Service podcast (his episode will air August 28th, and it’s a must listen!). The conversation produced a wealth of valuable points, and as we prepare the episode for your listening pleasure, I thought I’d start by sharing Paul’s thoughts on what it takes to get employees to adopt new technology.…

I was on vacation last week sipping a Pina Colada by the pool (OK, wrangling toddlers is a more accurate description) when I read the news that Salesforce had acquired ClickSoftware. To me, this signals exciting times for any of us involved in the world that encompasses field service. A function that was once viewed as a cost-center, and often an afterthought, is getting its turn to be recognized as the wealth of opportunity it…

Field service organizations historically haven’t been known to be very agile, and the reality is that many likely still aren’t. That absolutely must change, though, and in short order. Gone are the days where set-in-stone processes, siloed strategy, and outdated technology can help you just “get by” and do what you’ve always done. Companies that refuse to evolve will simply cease to exist in today’s competitive landscape. As service becomes viewed more strategically and recognized…

I had the good fortune of interviewing Joe Pine, co-author of The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage and Co-founder of Strategic Horizons, this past week for an upcoming episode of the Future of Field Service podcast. It was such a good conversation that not only could I not wait for you to hear some of Joe’s wise words, but it was worthy of a written post as well to really…

Are you a control freak? I can relate. Feel like no one can do it like you can? Guilty. Want to do it all? Me too. It can be hard to step back and be logical about the areas in which relinquishing control can help us achieve greater success – but with the pressures today’s field service organizations are facing, it is absolutely imperative to do so. I feel that for the vast majority of…

Last week while attending the IFS UK&I User Group Annual Conference outside of London, I had an opportunity to sit down and chat with Alastair Clifford-Jones, CEO of consulting firm Leadent Solutions. Besides bonding over a mutual love of live music and sharing parenting tales, we reflected on our years in the world of field service – what has changed and what hasn’t. One of the points that Alastair brought up related to what has…

In the world of automation this and artificial intelligence that, the role of the field technician is often questioned. Will technology eliminate the need for technicians altogether? I think not. But the role and responsibilities are undoubtedly changing and will continue to do so. The good news, for your technicians and for you, is that this world of automation and intelligence frees them up from manual, preventable tasks to do more value-added work. The challenge…

I wrote an article on day one of PTC’s LiveWorx19 event last week that discussed what I heard during the keynote: an acknowledgement of the complexity of the digital transformation journey. I find it refreshing when executives within the technology community seem to genuinely appreciate how significant of a shift is really taking place in service and own the fact that the transformation isn’t just about the technology, but about really re-engineering the business from…

I am excited to be spending this week at the PTC LiveWorx event in Boston. The Servigistics Symposium kicked things off today, which brought together leaders from a variety of industries to discuss top-of-mind service trends and to share success stories. Leslie Paulson, General Manager of PTC’s Servigistics Business Unit, delivered the keynote address along with Marne Martin, President of Service Management at IFS, and David Williams, Principal at Capgemini. Leslie first discussed that in…

With everyone racing full-steam ahead in their digital transformation efforts, there are countless questions that arise and require consideration: Are our processes streamlined? Are our current systems capable and being fully utilized? What new technologies do we need to invest in, and how do we make it all work together? How do we use these tools to maximize customer experience and create new revenue streams? With the sheer volume of considerations that companies are weighing,…