Until COVID-19 changed our lifestyles and work patterns, technology adoption was happening at a slow pace. Digitalization is imperative now for any industry or business to survive. Due to the increase in remote working, the field service industry is facing a major setback in terms of scheduling jobs, processing more work orders, employing skilled workers, and maintaining customer relationships. However, the figures from the field service management software market prove that service providers can overcome the slump by employing the right tool. Technavio reports that during 2020-2024, the field service software market is set to grow by USD 3.43 billion, at a CAGR of 17%. If on-premise FSM was a leading segment in the 2019 market, 2020 is witnessing a significant increase in the adoption of cloud-based FSM solutions.
With many enterprises wanting to deploy their service software off-site, the choices available in the market are plenty. Many things can go awry during implementation, despite deploying the best-in-breed software. At this juncture, how can you ensure field service software success? Here are the best practices that will help you get the most out of your FSM app.
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Do not deploy technology only because everyone else is doing it. If the only purpose of the software is to transfer paper-based work to the screen, it will end up as an unwanted investment.
Start by fixing the goal in your mind. Break down the business strategy and objectives into specific, measurable targets. Make sure the field service software enables the fulfillment of such targets.
The whole point of field service management is to improve efficiency and unlock potential. If technology makes work more difficult or stressful, user adoption will decrease. Make sure that your field service software accommodates these points:
Today’s businesses operate in a fluid environment where technologies have a short shelf-life. Changes happen at the spur of the moment. The best field service software is one that’s flexible enough to co-opt changes and improvisations on the fly. If the software imposes rigidity in the work process, it ends us being an albatross around the field agent’s neck.
Even the most simple service software requires training and support to gain acceptance. Making field agents work with an unfamiliar software impedes their productivity. They will end up spending more time fiddling with the app than servicing their customers.
The success of downstream reports and analytics depends on the field agent using the workforce management software as intended. If, for instance, a scheduler makes a manual change exchanging the shift of two agents, the well-oiled system breaks down.
Technology is always in a state of flux. Business processes and objectives keep on changing. Customer preferences change, and external changes make business models obsolete. Even the best-in-breed software becomes redundant over time.
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The best field service business always keeps its focus on the customer. For field service apps, the field agents are internal customers. Make sure all aspects of the field service software facilitate the internal customer, which in turn will ease things and add value for the end customer.
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