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Alfa Laval is a Swedish company founded in 1883 that is a world leader within the key technology areas of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. With more than 3,700 patents, Alfa Laval provides worldwide solutions in areas that are vital to society, including energy, pharmaceutical, marine and food. The company has over 17,000 employees, including more than 700 field service engineers, that help customers in nearly 100 countries. As a product manufacturer with deep…

In the span of a few short months, our world has become more virtual than it has ever been. For service organizations, this means not only work-from-home scenarios across functions but also the need to provide remote service to customers. As such, companies have turned to digital tools to allow employees to stay connected to company leadership, employees to stay connected to one another, and for customer communications and service to remain intact. We’ve discussed…

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…

You’ve spent years, maybe decades, working to develop and hone your leadership skills. You educate yourself in order to continually improve, you find effective ways to keep yourself motivated in order to impactfully lead, and you seek leadership tactics to fit the breadth of your employees’ needs. You fall into a rhythm and gain confidence in your leadership style and skill. Then, one day, everything changes. Not only do working conditions almost instantly transform, but…

I don’t know of a service organization today that isn’t interested in creating new revenue streams and diversifying its offerings. I do, however, know a number of organizations looking to do this that feel stuck – for a variety of reasons – with the “how.” Back in 2012 when I was at the helm of Field Technologies, we featured Restaurant Technologies, Inc. (RTI) on the cover of the magazine. The company was an early adopter…

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had several conversations to understand how our audience is navigating the current crisis. I’ve talked with service leaders, consultants, technology providers, and even a physician about how they are being impacted both as individuals and as businesses. While the circumstances we’re all facing are unspeakable, there are a few themes I plan to explore in the coming weeks that surface in nearly every conversation I’ve had and serve…

There’s a widespread recognition among the organizations I speak with that they need to become more agile, but there’s also a common struggle when it comes to actually adopting more agile principles and practices. In a recent interview I conducted with Amanda Moore, Head of IT – Customer Projects, Support & Field Services at Schneider Electric for a must-listen episode of the Future of Field Service podcast, she attributed much of the reason for this…

 Sarah talks with Rich Malachy, CEO of Malachy Parts and Service, about the importance of humanizing your brand and what that looks like based on Rich’s experience.