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Many manufacturing companies are stuck in the situation where they sell their product to other companies, which then re-sell the product to the end customer. In many cases, the aftersales service is performed by the re-seller, leaving the manufacturer with a limited potential for growth as they do not realize any of the service revenue. Manufacturing companies must make the right selection of partners and set up service agreements that allow them to create a…

If you’ve missed my earlier posts in this series on digital adoption, you can read here what we discussed about The Hierarchy of Digital Adoption, Building and Fortifying Your Digital Reputation, and How to Avoid Being Crippled by Choice. There is no doubt that, in the business world, not all software applications are created equal. Take for instance your transactional systems, email, accounting, etc. These applications are designed, configured (sometimes customized), implemented, and deployed. Notice that…

When looking at how companies measure employee performance, it’s clear that there is wide variation across the industry in terms of incorporating customer satisfaction into the mix. In past years, we have observed that companies were generally doing a poor job in linking employee performance to customer satisfaction. While improvements in this area have been seen recently, many companies are still struggling to enhance their process for linking performance to satisfaction. In a recent study…

In honor of International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th, I have set out this month to interview some amazing women in the service industries in an effort to learn more about their journeys and to get their take on what the future of field service holds for women. I started my interview series off with Maria Pallotta, Chief of Staff at Canopy Lawn Care. In her role, she is responsible for executing the overall…

Are you gearing up for a trip to Field Service Palm Springs next month? I am working on some cool things that Future of Field Service will be doing at the event, and it had me thinking about what I’m most excited to discuss while there. The thing I love about this event is that it enables me, and all of the other attendees, to connect with so many people at once – there’s really…

In a joint research study with the Advanced Services Group, a center of excellence at Aston Business School, Noventum explored how five societal ‘Megatrends’ bring opportunities for business growth for manufacturing companies through advanced IoT enabled services. The complete research paper can be downloaded at Noventum’s website. There are five societal megatrends we explored in this research, and they are: • Value change • Green and resource scarcity • Health and Aging • Globalisation and…

For field service organizations looking to dominate in their industry, conquer customer satisfaction, and embrace the latest technologies, the process of an acquisition can be both an exciting and daunting one. On one hand, you are investing in the potential for growth and eliminating from your competitive set. On the other hand, as field service navigates a new service landscape, adding a team that has differing ideas, varying ways of work, and completely disparate technologies…

How do you define self-service for your service organization? Is it merely the act of a customer resolving an issue themselves? Is it a phone conversation with a support representative walking them through the process? If you’re leaving your customer there, then you’re leaving your customer behind, and there will certainly be competitors who are ready to take them away from you. Self-service is going to be a key component of maximizing efficiency for the…

If you’ve missed my earlier posts in this series on digital adoption, you can read here what we discussed about The Hierarchy of Digital Adoption and Building and Fortifying Your Digital Reputation. Next in the series, we’re discussing an important aspect of digital adoption: How to avoid being crippled by choice. During Winter you often hear people say, I can’t wait for the warm weather; in the Summer just the opposite, it’s too hot! Business…

These days more than ever, businesses are operating in data rich environments. Data emanates from everyday business operations, sales and customer account activities, service call activity, financial and economic transactions, regulatory reporting and all the other events that are routinely captured and stored in databases. Existing global databases are adding terabytes of new information daily. Every moment of every day bank transactions and electronic funds transfers, point-of-sale systems, hospital tests and procedures, factory production lines,…