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We’ve discussed quite a bit on Future of Field Service how COVID-19 will impact service businesses over the long term, how it will spur forth the journey to Servitization, and how it will act as an accelerator to digital transformation. But what is less clear is how will the work get done as these changes take place? To what degree will workplaces return to their pre-COVID-19 existences, and what new practices will forever stick? It’s…

When I was 13, I saved up my paper route money every week for a whole year in order to afford to get a computer of my own: A small, beige, sluggish laptop purchased from CompUSA. It was probably one of the only computer sales that the associate ever had that consisted of quarter rolls and one-dollar bills, but there’s really no experience like cracking open the box of your very first electronic device. Once…

Having now dealt with COVID in the US for about 100 days, we’re starting to get a better picture of the edges of the crisis, however flow-y as those edges might be. Obviously the parameters are always moving, but I think it’s important not to lose sight of the benchmarks of where we find ourselves, where we’ve been, and what comes next. For that reason, I would like to submit a few stages for consideration:…

Our lives, personal and professional, have been forever changed over the course of the last couple of months as we’ve grappled with COVID-19. As I’ve spoken with service leaders about what this crisis has meant for them and for their organizations, what I’ve taken away from those conversations is that while this situation is most certainly devastating and unfortunate, there are aspects of how service organizations are being forced to react that will result in…

I am very fortunate to have one living grandparent: My maternal grandfather. A musician, former public school teacher, and town historian, Grampy is a true renaissance man. Even as he tiptoes towards triple digits (though he’d be quick to say he’s not THAT close) he’s taking on new projects. His recent fixation, at least over the course of the last decade or so, has been the digitalization of every old, brittle piece of paper in…

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…

The COIVD-19 crisis, among its many, many effects, has shown many businesses that their product categories and go-to-market strategies are much more fragile than they may have thought. To address this, many businesses are simply hunkering down, while others, like Munters, are finding new ways to do more with less. Another important consideration that Sarah touched upon last week is how businesses are moving to diversify their revenue streams. I wanted to take that concept…

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…