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This much is certain: Merged Reality has become an increasingly important part of the service delivery process for many companies over the past two years. Remote Assistance has moved from a “cool to have” technology to a “must have” for service organizations that are looking to increase productivity and drive operational efficiencies. Service organizations who have invested in Merged Reality technology are able to see a great impact on measurable service KPIs. Those include reduction…

Here at the Future of Field Service, we love talking about new product implementation, integration, and rollout, but we realize that represents a very small percentage of the day-to-day life of service IT. The meat of IT interactions happen in the moments in between those large scale implementations; Maintenance, onboarding, and off-boarding of employees onto the various systems that run your service practice. Right alongside those big implementations, these day-to-day operations are changing too.  The…

With the journey to Servitization well underway for most service organizations, there seems to be one major challenge standing in the way of reaping its rewards: creating new revenue streams. At this year’s Field Service Palm Springs event, this challenge was of the most talked-about topics among attendees. Numerous times throughout the four days I heard a service leader ask, “How are you making money doing that?” Rarely was an answer offered. Why is it…

Delivering superior experiences to customers has many benefits for optimizing returns on investments and it can be a significant value adding factor. For example, it can lead to achieving a competitive advantage from the branding level. In addition, through the experiences of customers, a powerful positioning can be established for being perceived as the best of class in service. This requires a strong understanding of how the customers want to experience their journeys of interactions…

Founded in 1972, Spencer Technologies has grown to become a global company with more than 500 employees and 200 technicians throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. The company provides project management and technology services to support retail stores and multi-site organizations. I had the honor of interviewing Rudy Goedhart, Business Intelligence Director at Spencer Technologies recently at the IFS 2019 InFocus Group customer training and education event. Spencer has been an IFS Field…

In this series thus far, we’ve discussed various aspects of how to ensure digital transformation success. Last time, we talked about the importance of building a positive digital reputation – and one of the keys to doing so is to make it personal for your employees. If you look back at the legacy of software deployment within organizations over the last couple of decades, with a keen focus on transactional systems, practitioners learned how to…

Much of the conversation around technology investment for field service centers around two critical objectives: optimizing the customer experience and maximizing efficiency. There’s an important third aspect at play, though — how leveraging today’s technologies can help field service organizations mitigate risk. In an increasingly competitive landscape, the need to minimize risk and vulnerability is imperative. Here are three ways in which today’s technologies can assist field service organizations in protecting their businesses. #1: Knowledge…

Annette Franz, Founder and CEO of CX Journey Inc., joins Sarah to provide insight for companies at all points of the CX journey. Whether you’re looking to better formalize your CX strategy or make continual improvement on your CX efforts, Annette has a tip for you.    

Acquiring and mastering customer and industry information should be a core competency for field service organizations. The success of these organizations rests primarily on their track record and their ability to “sell” new service concepts to distributors and customers, using sound data from a variety of credible sources. To be successful, services organizations need to implement comprehensive and efficient processes for utilizing customer and industry information. Specific strategies need to be developed for acquiring and…

This article seeks to answer two questions. First: How do successful companies leverage their knowledge to drive growth? Second: Which trends do we see in the market today related to knowledge management? When we talk about knowledge, we refer to the knowledge management concept that is defined as “… a discipline that promotes an integrated approach to identifying, capturing, evaluating, retrieving, and sharing all of an enterprise’s information assets.” (Michael D. Koenig KMWorld, 2012). These information assets may include databases, documents, policies, procedures, and previously un-captured expertise and…