Technological disruptions and economic circumstances are currently placing field service businesses in an optimal position to transform the way they do business. On the one hand, field service companies can take advantage of the benefits of technologies such as AI, IoT, cloud-based systems, field service management tools, geolocation, and so on. And on the other, they are going through a cultural transformation to align the benefits of digitalization to their clients and business processes.
Going forward, field service companies need to consider technology and innovation as a profitable investment rather than an expense. The only way ahead is to transform your business to cope with the new realities.
Let’s take a look at the essential keys to transforming your field service for positive outcomes.
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Most field service enterprises equip their technicians with field service management (FSM) suite. The best field service management application is one that offers capabilities relevant to operations, such as:
Mere adoption of the latest technology will not work wonders though. Technology is only an enabler for great things. Smart companies leverage new technology to do things better and to innovate new products. For instance, you can deploy IoT to gather real-time information from machines. The system decides the best time to carry out updates and maintenance. Likewise, you can leverage geolocation capabilities to assign emergency repairs to the nearest qualified technician available.
It is not advisable to roll out a field management suite or any other technology in isolation. A field service management software without technologies like SMAC (Social, Mobility, Analytics, and Cloud) and IoT is not competitive. Creating a digital ecosystem around these technologies generates synergy.
A digital ecosystem should enable the seamless and natural flow of information. For instance, the FSM system logs the time spent at a client’s site. The data is transmitted automatically to CRM and ERP. Up-to-date information across systems improve customer support, strategic planning, and all other functions.
At the backend, seamless flow of information updates inventory, synchronizing operations and supply chain management. Many enterprises underestimate the huge efficiency benefits on offer through such enablement.
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Automation is the lifeblood of any digital ecosystem. IDC estimates that the automation of business processes will lead to a 20% increase in employee productivity. It brings about great process efficiency and accuracy as well.
Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) drives automation in FSM and other enterprise suites. Automation also enables:
Big Data analytics helps you unlock insights that are not easily decipherable otherwise.
A good analytics engine is one that;
Only a responsive organization thrives in today’s challenging business environment. Increasing competition and highly aware clients shift the balance of power to the customer. To survive, enterprises have to keep the customer at the center of whatever they do. To do so, they have to be proactive in taking feedback from customers.
Smart enterprises co-opt feedback as part of their core business process and strategy. They collect feedback and comments soon after work completion. They also gather client reactions through social listening and other tools.
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Processing and acting on feedback is more difficult than gathering it. Successful managers fine-tune operations and make other proactive interventions based on valid feedback. They also make suitable structural modifications, factoring in customer convenience, preferences, and wants. Recording the feedback in the CRM makes explicit customer expectations, improving engagement.
Many companies make the mistake of limiting the feedback to external clients. Smart field service businesses value their field service technicians as internal customers. The technicians, being the first in the line of contact with the external customers, understand ground realities well. Their feedback is invaluable to grasp the practical realities of day-to-day operations.
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