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Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. I’m joined today by Darren Roos, CEO of IFS, to talk about all things service and reflect a bit on the most recent iteration of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management. Darren, welcome back to the podcast. Darren Roos: Thank you, Sarah. Thanks for having me again. Sarah Nicastro: Yes. Thanks for being here. It’s been another exciting…

Hilbrand Rustema of Noventum joins Sarah again to talk about the value and importance of service benchmarking, the best practices for gaining valuable insight, and what trends are most important to gauge against at the moment. Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host Sarah Nicastro. Today we’re going to be talking about the importance of benchmarking when it comes to achieving strategic service objectives. We talk a lot on…

Throughout my career I’ve been asked countless times about how companies can master the complexities of technology and I’ve always answered the same way: “Actually, technology is the easy part.” When I first gave this answer, it had a different meaning than it does today – but nonetheless, it holds true. As we find ourselves surrounded by disruption and working hard to innovate and adapt, we must acknowledge that people are the crux of our…

Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. We talk a lot on the podcast and within the content on future of field service, about how organizations are focusing and making progress with innovation, related to all of the opportunity that service presents. Today, we’re going to be talking specifically with Joni Chapas, who is the Vice President of Field Operations Support for Brinks Home about how Brinks…

I wrote an article a couple of years ago about the dichotomy of service leadership, discussing how – as the need for innovation in service has increased – we have put unfair expectations on our service leaders to be masters at both operational excellence and innovation. Now, I do believe that innovation is everyone’s responsibility – but only to a degree. What I mean is that the expectation for a service leader to contribute to…

Last week, I wrote about service appointments from the cradle, and what we can learn from them. Life being a series of contrasts, I figured I might as well take that full circle and talk about what goes into the last service appointment you’ll ever have: your funeral. Because we have the luxury of living in a society that doesn’t have to think about death constantly (something that’s only been true for about 100 years)…

A few months ago, my wife Kate and I welcomed our baby girl into the world. She is the light of our life and I am so madly in love with her, proud of her mom for everything she put her body and mind through to bring her into the world, and overjoyed at a lifetime of possibilities for our little one. While we were very fortunate to have a relatively straightforward pregnancy and birth…

We often discuss the ways in which the role of the field technician is evolving and what the job might look like in a year or two or five. But, perhaps in doing so we are overlooking an important question: how are you handling the demands of the present day? Forward-thinking is important, but the reality is that many organizations have yet to modernize technician utilization enough to meet today’s demands. I recently sat down…

We spend a lot of our time here discussing servitizaiton: The act of repositioning traditionally product-oriented businesses with a more service-oriented mindset. It’s obvious why we do this: Servitization is a compelling trends, especially in manufacturing, but also in the ways in which industries like utilities, telecommunications, and others are embracing service. We’ve centralized this conversation so much on the move towards product diversification that it’s easy to overlook the companies that have been there…

We talk quite a bit about the importance of planning and scheduling optimization. We know the business value, we know what constitutes best-in-class optimization, and we know that optimization is a lot more that auto-scheduling and recommending a couple parts. True best-in-class optimization automates repeatable tasks, provide real-time resource adjustments that are scalable to meet the number of technicians in a firm (whatever that number might be), and can provide planning insights for a day,…