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Editorial Leader: Field Service News issue 19 – Choices

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Field Service News Editor-in-Chief, Kris Oldland discusses the fact that the choices field service companies are facing today wider ranging and more critical to success than ever before and gives us an overview of what to expect in Field Service News issue 19

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There are of course always big choices to be made in business, but it seems field service companies are facing more big choices than ever in today’s market…

Which of course is not necessarily a bad thing at all. Choices mean options and options are a good thing. They allow us to follow a path that feels right for us.

Of course, options also let us change direction when we’ve headed in the wrong way for a while – although they do tend to come along less often if we spend too long heading up a blind ally.

Perhaps the most important option we can take (and one that is always available to us) is to listen to those around us. I’m a firm believer in the fact that we can learn something from everyone we interact with, but of course if you are facing time pressures (who isn’t these days) then I’d suggest starting with those who are experts in their fields.

Fortunately, we’ve an issue that’s jam packed with expert advice so all you need to do is keep on reading.

We’ve got what for my mind is our best yet panel in this issue’s Big Discussion, which is focussed on the relationship between Service and Sales. As always we’ve brought together three industry experts on the topic and put four questions to each of them.

Our panel consists of Nick Frank, Michael Blumberg and Jim Baston so there is a wealth of deep knowledge and experience waiting for you in that feature which begins on page 16.

Elsewhere we’ve two features that look specifically at how to choose the right field service management (FSM) solution for your business. When we consider just how big an impact the selection of a FSM solution can have on your business – how it can drive efficiency, reduce costs, create revenue…

“Perhaps the most pressing choice for many field service companies is whether to move away from the traditional break-fix SLA driven model that has served them well for so long…”

Then when we consider how many solutions are in the market, each with differing capabilities, and of course when we consider how long implementation and on-boarding of your team can take…

Frankly, it really is absolutely vital that this is a choice you get right first time around.

So for anyone considering an upgrade from a creaking old legacy system or looking to implement a system from scratch for the first time then I suggest checking out Bill Pollock’s article “Choosing the most effective FSM provider” and also Marne Martin’s article “Customer Experience is essential to every member in the field service ecosystem” which both offer insight into what makes a good FSM partner for a service organisation, whilst coming at the topic from slightly different perspectives.

Yet as important as selecting a FSM solution is, perhaps the most pressing choice for many field service companies is whether to move away from the traditional break-fix SLA driven model that has served them well for so long and to embrace the more modern and increasingly popular outcome-based service models.

We’ve discussed outcome-based services many times in these pages before and cards on the table, personally I’m a big proponent of the servitization movement. I think it absolutely makes sense. But that’s just my opinion and ultimately, it’s not a choice I need to make – unlike many of you.

So for those of you readers, of whom there are many I’m sure, whose organisations are considering this very question – then I absolutely recommend listening to those who have been there and done it. As whilst the benefits can be many , so too are the risks – it is not an easy path to tread.

One company that has been on that journey is ABB and you can read my interview with Felix Keiderling on the topic on page 44 and also check out my interview with GE’s Scott Berg on page 29 where we also discuss outcome based services in depth.

Field Service News subscribers are entitled to our bi-monthly magazine in both print and digital versions. Subscription is free for field service professionals click here to apply for a complimentary industry professional subscription now and get a digital copy of issue 19 sent straight to your inbox instantly

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