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I have always been of a mind that the most important thing that software—any software—can do is to get out of your way. Even social media platforms, cultural cancers that they are, know that their key purpose (communication) needs to be easy, accessible, and provide the necessary feedback to show that it is working (“likes”, as it were). These are the keys of solid programming, and they’re how and why we use the devices that…

Anyone who’s read more than a passing article from me knows that I am a gaming enthusiast. Whether it’s Baseball, computer Solitaire, Dungeons and Dragons, Jeopardy, or Super Mario, give me something with a score, and objective, and a repeatable loop of actions and behaviors, and I’m in the zone. Even if I am terrible at it, I’m having a really nice time. I know that I am not alone in my pro-games predelictions (partially…

Smart Care Equipment Solutions is the largest independent provider of commercial kitchen repair in the United States. You can tell by a quick visit to the company’s website the clarity that exists around how service acts as a competitive differentiator and significant growth opportunity. The company’s vision is clearly articulated on its site, stating, “By 2024, we will become America’s Best commercial kitchen service company by: Delighting customers through the entire service experience; Being the…

This is part of an ongoing series on the state and standards of service management software. Here are the previous articles in the series: What is Service Management Software? The Key Capabilities of Service Management Software The Attributes of Best-in-Class Service Delivery Software The Operational Capabilities of Service The Building Blocks of Customer Experience Excellence Implementing New Service Software The Politics and Potential of Changing Service Software Providers What is Servitization? What is Outcomes-Based Service?…

Dr. Andreas Schroeder, Reader for Information System at Aston University and Digital Lead for the Advanced Services Group Joins Sarah to discuss what it takes to succeed in delivering data-led services and to offer his advice on the best approach for monetization of data.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Today we’re going to be talking about using data to drive your services-led business model.…

A few weeks back, I wrote an article on the importance of proper parts management and reverse logistics for sustainability. In it, I made the case not just for the moral imperative that smart waste management allows, but also the economic imperative. In that same vein, I think it’s important, within field service, to discuss optimization in the same vein. I’ve outlined optimization in excruciating detail (and sometimes with the help of Super Mario) over…

 Building off of the creation of recent special report The Service Centricity Playbook: 7 Phases of Morphing from Product Provider to Trusted Advisor, Sarah and Hilbrand Rustema, Founder and Managing Director of Noventum, discuss the five most common areas where companies go wrong on the Servitization journey.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Today we’re going to be walking through the five most common…

Trond Aune, Global ERP Manager and Henning Haugen, Group Technical Manager – Maintenance, both at Jotun, join Sarah to discuss the role of company culture in innovation, how a single source of truth was an imperative foundation for Digital Transformation, and how they’re building on success with the move to predictive maintenance.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Today, we’re going to be talking through…

2020 presented more challenges and hardships than any of us were prepared for, but I do believe if you look closely there were some positives among all the adversity. For me, witnessing how the leaders I’m speaking to rose to the challenges of 2020 with grit, resilience, and fortitude inspired and encouraged me. They’ve shown true compassion for their coworkers and customers alike, bonded together by a deepened sense of empathy. Beyond the individual level,…

Telecommunications companies across the board are in a bit of a crunch. For cellular companies, new technologies have converged with decreased barriers to entry, creating a harrowing landscape. On the other end, speedy wireless connections and shifting consumer behavior are changing the ways that people interact with cable and satellite companies as well. As more and more companies develop streaming solutions (in spite of my dubious assessment), that crunch will accelerate, presenting challenges and opportunities.…