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Last week I had the good fortune to moderate a panel discussion for the Service Council’s Virtual Smarter Service Symposium that featured the perspective of amazing women in service – Cindy  Etherington, Vice President, Dell EMC Education Services at Dell; Linda Tucci, Senior Global Director, Technical Solutions Center at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics; Dr. Marlene Kolodziej, Vice President of Centralized Services at RICOH USA; Sonya Lacore, Vice President of Inflight Operations at Southwest Airlines; and Sophia…

With the industry awash in a sea of change, we often discuss the foundational imperatives of success: a strong pulse on customer demands, a cohesive business strategy, streamlining operations, incorporation of enabling technology, and ample change management. I’d argue that the latter is where the vast majority of companies go awry – we often fail to recognize that, at the end of the day, the ability to execute on the opportunity that service presents to…

 Tyler Verri, Customer Service Manager – Training and Installation Strategy at Sub-Zero Group, Inc., talks with Sarah about the crucial role training plays in ensuring a positive customer experience – particularly as Sub-Zero relies on third-party providers for service.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. On today’s podcast, we’re going to be discussing the criticality of effective training on the customer experience. I’m excited…

I came across an article from HBR recently that got me thinking about the opportunity that may currently exist for service organizations to put a major dent in the much-discussed talent gap. We talk a lot about the seismic shift that’s happening within businesses to become more service-centric, and what that shift means in terms of the skills required from frontline workers. We’ve also discussed at length the challenge companies are faced with in recruiting…

 Mita Mallick, Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Marketing at Unilever, has an important discussion with Sarah about how to tackle courageous conversations on race, how to be an ally in both professional and personal settings, and how to foster greater diversity and inclusion.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host Sarah Nicastro. I’m very excited for today’s conversation because I think it’s a very important…

 Rodger Smelcer, Vice President/Owner of United Service Technologies discusses with Sarah five ways that COVID-19 has brought clarity to his business and what changes he’s made as a result.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service Podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. I’m happy to welcome to the podcast today Rodger Smelcer, vice president and owner of United Service Technologies. Today we’re going to be talking with Rodger about five ways…

Today, right now, many service providers are scrambling to find a way to deliver on their promises to customers without endangering them or their field technicians. Many will not think far beyond latex gloves and a mask, but forward-thinking companies are already looking at the bigger picture. For many, this includes considering options for zero-touch service. Over the course of the last five years or so, we’ve seen the steady creep of businesses in a…

I recently interviewed Amanda Moore, Head of IT – Customer Projects, Support & Field Services at Schneider Electric, for an episode of the Future of Field Service podcast on becoming more agile, both as an IT organization and as a company. It’s a must-listen if you haven’t already, but what I wanted to share here is Amanda’s insight and advice around being a woman in a historically male-dominated industry. “I’ve been in an IT role…

  Last year around International Women’s Day, we at Future of Field Service launched a Women in Field Service series of content and we’ve continued that series since. Along the way, I’ve received mostly support from women (and men) in the industry and have had the wonderful opportunity to hear many women’s stories of hurdles, growth, and triumph. But I’ve also faced a few questions of, “If you really want equality for women, why keep…

  Between continued talent shortage struggles, an evolution of what we’re requiring of field technicians, and continued pressure from customers to do more with less (and faster), more and more companies are turning to contingent workers to alleviate some of the burden of their service requirements. However, while we’ve come a long way in the acceptance of a contingent workforce as an option, there’s still some hesitation around relinquishing control, trusting “outsiders” to deliver your…