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Have you ever submitted a question in the community? If someone answered correctly, did you mark it as correct?


This month, I'd like us to focus on that exactly: marking questions as answered and marking comments as correct.


Why is this important?

  • It helps users find information. If a user searches for an answer to their question and they see a related question already answered, this might save them time from searching or submitting a repeated question.
  • It's a great way recognition someone for their knowledge. It's a high five. Or a pat on the back. The user who answered correctly also receives points in the community.
  • It's a great metric for us community members to track. It helps us determine how helpful are community is being, and what we can focus on to make sure our users are getting the most our of this space.


Here's how to mark a response as correct, which will make a question as answered.




Then you'll earn a badge, and some points! As soon as you mark an answer correct, you will immediately receive a badge. As of right now, you can only earn the badge once.


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As of today, we have 262 questions marked as answered. I'm looking forward to see that number go up this month!

Delivering customer outcomes, not just regular maintenance and repair, is driving field service organizations to innovate. Customers are no longer willing to invest in expensive, complex equipment without assurances of a good return. This means equipment performance is at the center of any purchasing justification and service organizations are in a great position to ensure optimal performance. But optimal performance may be different depending on the customer and the product they need. In order to enable more customized care, service organizations need to employ different types of service strategies. They also need innovative ways to implement and execute them.


If you’re looking to deliver better customer outcomes through next-generation services, please join Tushar Sharma, Product Manager and Micki Collart, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at ServiceMax from GE Digital for a webinar on ServiceMax’s Proactive Maintenance capabilities.


In this Maxpert Webinar series event, you’ll learn:

  • How maintenance strategies are evolving
  • About the new technologies and specific ServiceMax functionality driving this evolution
  • And, unique ways to configure maintenance plans to enable tailored service


Build Your Outcomes-based Service Empire with Proactive Maintenance

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 9AM PT | 12PM ET | 5PM GMT

Register Now >




micki-collart-100-circle.png Micki Collart

Sr. Product Marketing Manager

ServiceMax from GE Digital



tushar-sharma-100-circle.pngtushar sharma

Product ManagerServiceMax from GE Digital

This month we'd like to focus on enabling our users to create more types of great, new content. Right now, most of our users only have the ability to submit questions and discussion threads. However, by the end of February we want our customers to be able to write blogs and create polls.


Where do we want to see your content? We'd love to share your voice in our customer user groups. By sharing your thoughts and knowledge and collaborating with other customers, we'll get a better understanding of what we should focus on during our upcoming Maximize user groups.




So during this month, I'll be revamping our three user groups (West Coast, East Coast, EMEA) and enabling your content creation abilities (with how-to's).


So what can you do first? I created a discussion thread, Share your knowledge in a blog post, with some questions and topics that seem to be popular in our Community.  I hope after reading that content, if you're an expert at any of the topics, you'll be inspired to write something small for us.




Like this blog post, and you'll receive notifications with updates on how this month's goal is going!

As many of you know, the 2018 Maximize Tour is just around the corner! It will take place at the Las Vegas W Hotel, Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 15th to Wednesday, May 16th and at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, Boston on Monday, May 21st to Tuesday May 22, 2018. Maximize18 is your one stop shop to understanding how you drive digital transformation for field service, find out how to define the service outcomes that matter to your business, and how an equipment centric strategy helps you achieve these outcomes.


We can't do these events without you though. You, our customers, play a large role in two aspects of Maximize: the presentations and the MaxChoice Awards.


Call for Presentations


Some of our favorite content has been presented by customers at Maximize. Because of real-life examples, these sessions truly show the power of ServiceMax and the importance of starting your digital transformation. So, once again, we want you to share you knowledge and expertise during a 45 minute session!


  • When should I submit my presentation by? February 28, 2018.
  • When will I be notified about the status of my submission? March 31, 2018.
  • What kind of topics do you want to see? We are currently planning three tracks.
    • Leadership Track - Aimed at service leaders for delivering service outcomes and navigating workforce & business challenges in global service organizations.
    • Product Track - Aimed at existing or prospective customers who want to be abreast of ServiceMax product vision and the exciting product areas where we are investing in.
    • Transformation Track - Aimed at prospective customers to learn how ServiceMax customers have successfully transformed their service organizations for their end customers.
  • Can I submit multiple presentations? Yes! Complete the submission process for each topic.




MaxChoice Awards


The MaxChoice Awards are always a crowd favorite. This is our way of recognizing you for your hard work, dedication to field service and outstanding contributions to their own companies and to the industry. 


  • Who can be nominated? ServiceMax customers are eligible to be nominated by self-nomination, by ServiceMax employees or by ServiceMax partners.
  • When is the deadline for the award nominations? March 30, 2018
  • What are the categories?


Award Category



ServiceMax Rookie of the Year

This award recognizes customers for outstanding accomplishment in their organization or field service team in their first year of implementation. 

Customers who have been live with ServiceMax for one year or less.

ServiceMax “We Keep the World Running" Award

This award recognizes customers whose use of ServiceMax keeps the world running and has become critical to serve their customers.

Any ServiceMax customer whose products and services help people and / or places in need.

ServiceMax Customer Impact Award

This award recognizes ServiceMax customers who have experienced a marked change in culture and transformation as it relates totheir customers since implementing ServiceMax. 

Any customer who can provide details on improved customer satisfaction, improved customer service, or loyalty.

ServiceMax Business Impact Award

This award recognizes ServiceMax customers who have realized exceptional business results and ROI in the areas of revenue, productivity, and the adoption of a field service management strategy for a business unit, department, company-wide, or throughout their extended enterprise. Submissions should include quantifiable results and include metrics.

Customers who have been using ServiceMax for six months or more and have metrics and numbers to share.

ServiceMax Innovation Award

This award recognizes a customer who has demonstrated innovative use of ServiceMax on mobile devices, in disconnected environments, or in machine-to-machine or IoT use.

This customer is viewed as a visionary leader. Possible candidates could be using ServiceMax on a mobile device, machine-to-machine technology, or IoT.

ServiceMax Raving Fan of the Year Award

This award recognizes a ServiceMax customer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in field service and who has been a great advocate of ServiceMax.

This customer is viewed as a visionary leader and a strong advocate of ServiceMax and field service.




To summarize, Maximize is not the same without our customers. Thus, we'd love for you to present, and participate in the MaxChoice Awards!


If you have ANY questions, feel free to comment below.


Stay tuned for more updates, but for now, let's maximize!

Forgot the Terminator, RoboCop, and Wall-E because there are some new bots in town. They call themselves "Telerobotics".


Earlier this week I read an article called "Drivers Wanted: Why Engineers Want To Climb Into The Cockpits Of Tiny Robot Vehicles."


It explained that these new tiny robots aren't here to take over our world, but instead are here to take us to unreachable parts of our world. Telerobotics will be able to get us into places we don't fit or cannot reach, like into turbines or engines.


How? By being small (fit-in-your-palm small) and through the use of virtual reality.


Operators will wear VR goggles, and will see a 3D image relayed from the robot. The human controller will be able to manipulate the robot's arms and hands in the field. This system will even allow the operator to model the robot's next moves, before giving the final go ahead.


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These telerobotics have the potential to be a huge hit in the field service industry. They'll be able to enter machines and make repairs without taking the machine offline. Thus, saving time and money.


Roboticist John Hoare explained that they are focusing on telerobotics that fit certain profiles first. For example, they want to create a bot that can help turn open or close a failing gas-plant valve, a task that can be terribly expensive and challenging. This specific bot will be created with the ability to turn a valve in mind.


So, in this case, robots are not here to replace humans. Between our brains, and their physical capabilities, a human-robot team could be nearly unstoppable!




What kind of jobs would you use telerobotics for? How would your technicians feel about being inside a machine?


Who is your favorite robot? (Mine is Baymax from Big Hero 6... how could you not love that big guy?!)

Nicole Guzzo


Posted by Nicole Guzzo Employee Jan 18, 2018

Did you know every quarter there's a Get to Know Your Customer Day? It's the third Thursday of every January, April, July, and October.


Because I'm a part of the Customer Marketing Team at ServiceMax, I feel like everyday is gettoknowyourcustomersday and I love it. Between monitoring this community, to creating customer story assets and pages, I feel like I am constantly learning about you and your field service story.


So on the first gettoknowyourcustomersday of 2018, I want to share a few of our recent customer stories, so you too can get to know our fantastic customers.



"We chose ServiceMax to meet the needs of our customers, but also to exceed their expectations." - Victoria Butt



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Enphase Energy

"Over a number of years, the Enphase business model has changed. It has required a software that is adaptable, scalable, and flexible. ServiceMax is all three." - Vineet Kapoor



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GE Power Services

"Without ServiceMax, getting people to the right place at the right time is nearly impossible." - Trey Keisler



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How do you get to know your customers? Has ServiceMax affect your customers' experience? Let's hear your service stories!

Parts and service leaders are finding themselves at a crossroads as IoT begins to appear on their radars. Merging complete inventory transparency and effective parts management is a challenge for many companies with robust field service operations.


Join Anna Startseva, Sr Product Marketing Manager at ServiceMax and Mike Landry, President at Barkawi and discover how leading companies are using IoT in parts management and discover new tools to achieve your margins and customer retention goals. During this webinar we'll discuss:


  • The changing landscape of parts management in field service
  • How leading companies digitize parts management for improved operations today
  • How IoT insights will drive parts management optimization tomorrow


Lastly, Mike will introduce PartsMax, a Parts Delivery Optimization tool that creates tangible returns for service providers by increasing First Time Fix rate, creating higher inventory turns and optimizing technician utilization.


Increase ROI by Integrating Parts and Service

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

9AM PT | 12PM ET

Register Now >




anna-startseva-100-circle.pngAnna Startseva

Sr Product Marketing Manager

ServiceMax from GE Digital



mike-landry-100-circle.pngMike Landry


Barkawi Management Consultants, North America

At the beginning of a new year, many people feel like they're able to start fresh again. "New year, new me," right?


Well not here! We like who the ServiceMax Community was at the end of 2017, so we're not quite starting fresh. Nevertheless, we do want to constantly improve who we are and what kind of experience we provide, so we decided to embark on a new program of Monthly Community Goals.


Within the first few days of a month, I'll share a blog with you explaining the focus of those 30 days. It will be a helpful way for our team to stay on top of projects we want to deliver to the community, and also an easy way for you to share your thoughts on specific initiatives.


January 2018: Social Media Synergy

Staying Up To Date, Sharing More, & Strengthening Relationships


  • Staying Up To Date: We share a lot of news and updates on the community. For example, we posted about Maximize U.S. in 2018 right when we got the news: Maximize 2018. Still, some of our social media platforms share more consistently throughout the day. We don't want you to feel like you have to travel to multiple sites to hear real-time news and information from ServiceMax, so we want to bring aspects of our social platforms here.


  • Sharing More: Sharing is a vital life skill. We're taught from a young age that it is important to bring valuable and entertaining content to others, as it's a part of growing relationships. If you found a useful conversation or blog on this community, we want you to be able to share it wherever, whenever you want. We believe there should be more eyes on our content.


  • Strengthening Relationships: We've only seen who you are on the ServiceMax Community platform. Do you live tweet at field service conferences? Do you blog on LinkedIn? Do you post fun photos, videos, or GIFs? Are you sharing content on other social media sites that some other users may benefit from? We want to make it easy to instantly connect with other ServiceMax users anywhere and anytime.
    • We added two profile fields: Linkedin URL & Twitter Username. If you fill out these fields (or one if you only have one) you will be rewarded with a badge and points.
    • To receive the badge, go to your profile, click Rewards, scroll down to Available Quests, select the light blue social one, and mark complete (it will be below Your Progress). I will then verify that you accurately completed the quest.


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While this post does not lay out a specific to-do list for us, we already have a vision on how we can make these goals happen. Follow this blog to read updates throughout the month!





Are you on social networking sites? Do you engage with businesses via social media? Do you use certain platforms for certain types of information? (Example: I use Twitter to share my thoughts on current events in the world and in pop culture.)

Happy 2018! At the ServiceMax Community team, we are pleased to welcome the new year with a new look, new projects on the horizon, and renewed enthusiasm to host our fantastic, engaged community members.  If you've logged in since December 4th, you won't have missed our new look: we're donning GE blues and are pleased with the new set up here in the community.



In 2018 we want to make more adjustments, add more spaces, enable more members to join, and do what we can to make this community an open, useful, and enjoyable platform for your continued collaboration and support.  Openness, Transparency, Ease of Use, and Valuable Content are some of our 2018 community tenets.


As we begin January, I got to thinking about resolutions. If you are anything like me, you may find the slew of resolution-related 'news' and blogs exhausting and not terribly interesting - a bit like when holiday decorations emerge the day after Halloween here in the US. It can feel a bit gimmicky.


At the same time, this time of year provides a great reminder to reflect on the previous year's projects.  I recently underwent a week-long planning session that included reporting data, a refresher on the last year's goals, highlights, gaps, errors, and lessons learned. This collaborative session let our team reflect and then spend a solid chunk of time looking at the next 12 months and beyond. It was hugely beneficial and probably the least gimmicky way to think about future planning. It's hard to carve out time to step back and plan strategically. How often do you get the chance?


With the spirit of an empowering future planning as well as our new guiding principles, I took another look at New Year's Resolutions.


This article points out that people historically don't do well with New Year's resolutions: Tips for a successful New Year’s resolution | The Huffington Post says about 100 million Americans make resolutions every year, but only 45 percent follow through with them. That's a pretty big drop off rate and they offer a few tips to keep up with your resolution. One tip suggests that instead of setting a New Year’s resolution for an entire year, you should break it up into smaller segments, like monthly goals.


Neil Pasricha has even more dire statistics on resolution achievements in his article in the Toronto Star. He cited the University of Scranton, who showed that only 8 per cent of people actually maintain their New Year’s resolutions and US News reports that 80 per cent of all resolutions end up being dropped by February. Pasricha's article is all about setting up personal dashboards instead of traditional resolutions. His dashboard setup is compelling in it's simplicity, it reminder me of some of the illustrations from The One Thing by Gary Keller. Pasricha's color coded achievement matrix is also based on monthly goals and measures, and this reflects our direction for the ServiceMax Community as well.


We are embarking on a new program of Monthly Community Goals for 2018. We think this will be a great way to stay on track with the top things we want to deliver on this platform, taking time to try something new and innovative, incorporate feedback from our top members, and have a bit more fun, not to mention rewarding collaborative members who help others and share knowledge with more badges and points. Stay tuned for details on the first goal, later this week. And give us some input on what you want to see!


  • What kind of things would you like to see more of in 2018?
  • Who do you want to meet or connect with more?
  • How should we foster more helpful collaboration?
  • If you could get one thing out of your collaboration with other ServiceMax customers this year, what would it be?

Field Service Management has been a market of change. What your organization did 5 years ago, or even last year, is being disrupted. Technologies as varied as mobile, wearables, big data, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, IoT, Cloud, 3D printing, digital twins, drones and robotics all have their applications in today’s field service delivery process. This, coupled with business model changes such as outcome based models and reliance upon 3rd party technicians, make for a complex landscape. But which disruptions will rise to the top this year?


Join Sumair Dutta, Chief Customer Officer at thought-leader The Service Council, and ServiceMax from GE Digital’s Susan Tonkin as they each share the top 3 trends they see from each perspective – the market view and the “market leader” view.


The Service Council and ServiceMax Predict the Top 3 Field Service Trends for 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

9AM PT | 12PM ET

Register Now >




Susan-Tonkin-Head-100.jpgSusan Tonkin

Sr. Product Marketing Manager

ServiceMax from GE Digital



sumair-datta-100.jpgSumair Datta

Chief Customer Officer

The Service Council

As 2017 comes to an end, many of you have begun budgeting for next year. What are your plans? What are you asking for? What's on your wishlist? We hope Maximize 2018 is.


We're excited to announce that Maximize, our global field service summit, will take place in TWO U.S. locations this upcoming year: Boston and Las Vegas. Whether you prefer the bright lights of Vegas or the delicious lobster rolls of Boston, each location will provide you with the same valuable Maximize experience where you will connect with field service thought leaders, ServiceMax customers, partners, and product experts. We can't wait for Spring 2018!


We're ringing in the new year right and opening registration in January. If you're interested in attending, we encourage you to sign up for the Maximize email list today. Take a look at this year's video to see some of the event's highlights!


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Maximize 2017 Recap


And don't worry, Maximize is still a global conference, and will make a stop in other locations across the world! Stay tuned for more information.


Enjoy your holidays everyone!




Are you located near Boston or Vegas? What would you like to see or do in those cities? If you could pick one city for Maximize to be in, where would it be?

Broken products, missing parts and messy returns can be a major drain on your profitability and strain your customer relationships, but they also represent a unique opportunity. A timely, hassle-free replacement or repair can strengthen customer loyalty, and quick turnarounds of refurbished products can positively impact your bottom line.


Customers who leverage real-time data from IoT connected devices can also collect repair history, identify correct parts for a repair and make predictions of parts needed in the future, allowing them to plan ahead and optimize stocking levels.


Discover how leading companies are using IoT in parts management and discover new tools to achieve your margins and customer retention goals. During this webinar we’ll discuss:


  • The changing landscape of parts management in field service
  • How leading companies digitize parts management for improved operations today
  • How IoT insights will drive parts management optimization for tomorrow


Improve Margins and Customer Retention with IoT in Parts Management

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

10AM PT | 1PM ET

Register Now >




joe-kenny-100.jpgJoe Kenny

VP, Global Customer Transformation

ServiceMax from GE Digital



swetha-tupelly-100.jpgSwetha Tupelly

Product Manager

ServiceMax from GE Digital

Field service is finally getting its due tech makeover with disruptive technologies from the Industrial Internet. Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, and drones are changing field service today.


Improved management, delivery and monitoring is driving greater productivity, happier customers and increased revenue. While these advances are enabling outcome-based business models, there are still challenges that require thoughtful planning to solve – particularly in regards to skills.


Whether it’s data analytics, augmented reality or remote mentoring in the field, service technicians will need different skills than yesterday’s simple break/fix mentality. Analysts predict that service techs will need to focus more on customer outcomes because increased maintenance efficiency will lead to fewer face to face customer interactions.


Join Mark Homer, VP of Global Customer Transformation, and Coen Jeukens, Director of Global Customer Transformation as they lead a panel discussing how to transform today’s technicians into the new service engineers of the future.


2017 CIO Virtual Event: The Field Service Engineer of the Future
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

10am PT | 1pm ET

Register Now >


mark-homer-100.jpgMark Homer

VP, Global Customer Transformation

ServiceMax from GE Digital



coen-jeukens-100.jpgCoen Jeukens

Director, Global Customer Transformation

ServiceMax from GE Digital

Very often market conditions force you to adapt your business processes, and not being able to digitize the new processes quickly and in a sustainable manner can be costly to your business. Or, your business may expand operations to newer plants or geographies, and these new locations have localized business workflow needs, the consistent execution of which can make or break the success of the operations.


In any of the above situations you will need a quick and sustainable methodology to efficiently roll out unique business workflows to desktop and mobile interfaces of your field service solution. If you can’t do this, you’re no longer competitive. This is where ServiceMax Service Flow Manager (SFM) can provide remarkable results. SFM offers an industry leading solution that is intuitive, flexible and scalable.


Join us Thursday, Nov 16, 2017, 9AM PT | 12PM ET to learn more how ServiceMax SFM provides a powerful, future proof way to either deliver new or tailor existing business workflows, when you want them, on the device that you choose, whether or not you have a data connection.


Register through this link ServiceMax Webinar.


See you there!

Join us for an upcoming product demo webinar to see ServiceMax in action! On average, our customers achieve an average increase in service revenue by 13% and increased productivity by 18%.


Webinar Agenda:

  • ServiceMax Overview
  • ServiceMax Demo & Field-Ready Mobile
  • Q&A


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

10AM PT | 1PM ET | 6PM GMT

Register and reserve your seat >


Presented by:


Susan-Tonkin-Head-100.jpgSusan Tonkin

Sr Product Marketing Manager

ServiceMax from GE Digital

Susan Tonkin


steve-mintz-100.jpgSteve Mintz

Principal Solution Architect

ServiceMax from GE Digital