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Top 5 outdated practices that should be eliminated in your Field Service Business

With 2020 on the horizon, it’s the utter time to think about new platform to improve your field service business. You’ve probably been discovering about new trends and visions for the future, and it’s probably a little overwhelming. A painless way to get started is by discarding some of the outdated practices you’ve been following. We’ve compiled a list of field service practices you might want to leave behind this year.

  1. Manual Scheduling: Field service scheduling requires making fast and calculated decisions. You need to take everything in account from travel time and routing, technicians’ schedules and skill sets, equipment tracking, and SLA compliance. It’s much easier to adopt on an automated scheduling solution to make optimized decisions for you at every new case, so you can focus on the bigger things—like your customers’ satisfaction.
  1. Paper based forms: 46% of field technicians reported paperwork and administrative tasks as the unexpected part of the day. That’s because they would much rather be doing their jobs and interpreting customer problems. Electronic and mobile forms can make this process much less painful and swifter. Go even further to simplify the process by allowing fields to be automatically populated with known information from the main system.
  1. Delaying service updates: It’s important that dispatchers and management have the most precise picture of the status of work being performed. Encourage technicians to update their status service orders in a timely manner from Field service application so you have more visibility into day-to-day execution.
  1. Difficult appointment booking: According to our Field Service Report, almost all cited “ease of booking” as a top priority. If service organizations wish to retain with customers, they must make the booking process uncomplicated, and available across a variety of channels. Everyone has a preference when it comes to communication, so mobile, web, and phone-based booking must be available.
  1. Using separate solution: The only way to gain true visibility into field service schedules is to manage everything in a single solution. This includes schedules, beat planning, long- and short-cycle work, technician allocations, and more. Limiting field service management to Mobile application also gives you the easiness to manage your workforce more efficiently and ensure that you’re equipped to handle urgent work.

Want to see working application, Trident Field Serv solution provides similar solution with advanced activity scheduling, resource optimization and mobile enablement capabilities that enables the field services delivery teams to be able to track, monitor and report the services activities on the go.

Contact us for more information on how we can help your firm identify, implement, measure and use yours key performance indicators for Workforce Monitoring.

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Why industry leaders are making the switch to Connected Field Service

Change across organizations, markets and industries is usually steady and predictable, with occasional jump starts that can spark innovation—typically fueled by the intersection of new technology with market demand. This phenomenon is happening right now in Field Service as competitive pressure forces organizations to rethink how to keep customers satisfied by ensuring 100 percent uptime and hyper-speed service delivery.

In the pursuit for exceptional customer experiences, field service has become a frontline for exceptional customer service—the direct link for competitive differentiation across nearly every industry, from retail to telecommunications, manufacturing to utilities. And that means a rapid move away from break-fix models to proactive and predictive service; from standard delivery times to express service all the time; and the ability for field staff to have a 360-degree view of customers to help sell the right set of solutions.

This new, rapidly-emerging model—connected field service—requires an investment in people and technology. A move from legacy systems to cloud-based services and solutions, Internet of Things (IoT) integration, mobile-connected field teams and Mixed Reality technologies. The question on the minds of many executive leaders is timing and ROI. What is the optimal service model? What technology stack will provide long-term returns? And how soon will the investment pay off?

Would you believe that an organization can see a return in as little as four months? That’s the timeframe for MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions, a professional services company revolutionizing facilities management using Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service, and Microsoft Azure IoT services

By adopting the Microsoft Connected Field Service Solution, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions found that by taking a more proactive approach to customer care, they could save time, money, and maintain their status as a high-performing industry leader— despite the complications that naturally arise from juggling multiple interlocking and complicated systems.

This adoption would be a different kind of challenge and drastically change how the company tackled maintenance: fully integrating disparate systems into one easily accessible location and CRM for information, diagnostics, and repairs. Now, technicians would be armed with a full history when they were deployed, and with all the necessary tools to make a repair that day— sometimes even before the building maintenance knew it was needed. Integrating this solution of Microsoft Dynamics 365 with Azure IoT Hub into their already tech-savvy workflow allowed them to reduce the time-to-completion for service calls by nearly two weeks, increase profits for their customers, and save even more energy.

So far, it’s been a popular change with customers: The average customer sees between 10 and 20 percent energy savings.

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