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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?

Have you heard of resiliency planning?


Instead of just focusing on recovery, communities and businesses are shifting gears to look to keep the lights on, figuratively and literally during high-demand, high-impact events. This week, I read in the GE Reports about technology that becomes relevant during natural disasters to keep the infrastructure up and functioning.


Weathering The Storm: This Tech Will Help Utilities Keep The Lights On - GE Reports


The blog post explores the emerging trend of “resiliency” planning, which emphasizes preparedness and infrastructure immunity to disaster. “Self-healing” electrical systems, for example, identify failing sections of the power network, isolate them and re-route power from other parts. A system built by weaving together a host of microgrids into a sturdy, quilt-like grid difficult to bring down is another solution. They could be immensely helpful in minimizing disruption when disaster strikes.


Field service organizations are the branch of the company that is on site with your customers most often. Your field service strategy will likely combine proactive, planned service visits and urgent, reactive break/fix scenerios. What technologies are in place? Is IoT in play to predict service needs? What about those times when urgent service is needed, across a wide portion of your customers?


Let's talk about your field service organizations in resilience and recovery modes.


How important is your field service coverage to your clients and their customers? What is at stake?

What are the events that lead to urgent influx of service requests?

And what are the people, process, and technology tools and tactics that you employ to keep things running and support recovery efforts?

As we wind down from holiday celebrations in the last hours of 2016, it’s helpful to look back at our body of work this year, as well as the accomplishments, goals, challenges, successes and failures. Here at ServiceMax, we are always looking at important data from analysts and field service surveys to plan for what comes next for the industry. What did we find out in 2016? What does 2017 have to offer in the world of field service?




Workforce Changes:

Field service will remain a people business in the new year, even accounting for the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT). Customers will still expect a trained and knowledgable professional to show up at their door when something breaks. For so many of our customers, the field servie technician remains the face of the company for years after the initial sale. However, with retiring talent and the consistent need to update skill sets, it’s becoming a challenge to maintain a strong service team. We now see some organizations turning to freelancers to substitute their full-time workforce.



New Technologies

Regardless of who’s doing the work, the job responsibilities are evolving more and more. Service can now involve leveraging mobile and social platforms, augmented reality devices, and the Internet of Thing. Nearly every service organization is looking at these tools, and thinking about where they might fit into their future. In a webinar with Bryan Coddington, Vice President of Cloud Technology at USDM Life Sciences, he explains how field service systems are evolving, and which emerging technologies are in the future for medical device field service teams.



Internet of Things in 2016:

Even though 2017 is right around the corner, wrapping up 2016 is not just about preparing for the future, but reflecting on the 12-months that have passed.


This year saw how the Internet of Things can be a game changer. If you are promising your clients quality, proactive service, our 2016 blog explores how, IoT provides new tools and helps teams deliver with a combination of automated alerts and ticket creation, real-time data, proximity-based alerts and predictive maintenance.


At the start of 2016,  Aly Pinder, Jr. surveyed over 200 service and manufacturing organizations and found, among other insights, that compared to the industry average, top-performing companies are 50 percent more likely to dispatch service techs based on automated remote data. This Aberdeen Research report shows how the Internet of Things is clearly revolutionizing the world of maintenance service and creating opportunities for the future.



Research on Field Service: Coming Soon!


Research that centers on surveys of service organizations is always valuable to the informed field service technologist and strategist. In April 2016, according to an independent study from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by ServiceMax, almost all (96%) of the IT and field service decision makers surveyed report that their organization could see gains through the adoption of connected devices or sensors.


So while you may be seeing the benefits of IoT, your competitor probably is too. In early 2017, we will introduce a new research report that reflects the most recent data from field service organizations.


  • What is the impact of your field service technology?


  • How does it compare to others?


Keep an eye out here on the ServiceMax Community for the latest research on the impact and KPIs of successful field service organizations.

It’s always fun to share good news.


We’re really proud of our customers’ achievements, and when they go above and beyond to make their customers happy. A huge part of Field Service is the customer satisfaction rating. Some say best in class field service organizations are always engaged in a delicate balancing act between cost, performance, and customer satisfaction. Metrics and dashboards and the human touch help keep that balance in tune.


A large part of my role is partnering with customers and helping them tell the story of their field service journey. It’s about collaborating some, about the field service network too. It’s also about helping you brag. Some of the most enjoyable stories I get to help tell are all about our customers’ customers. When excellence in field service leads to a game changing business impact and the clients can tell. That’s my favorite kind.


ServiceMax has our own bragging rights today. I’m very pleased to share that we are being named a Leader once again in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management. And that’s not all. Read the report for more details, we are so pleased to be recognized and positioned as a leader of field service software providers by this highly respected analyst firm.


Access the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Field Service*


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And back to the bragging topic, this is a great opportunity to further your field service story with your customers, executives, and in your sales cycles.  As a ServiceMax customer, you are hyper-focused on superior service. Your team is innovative and looking to the future as you commit to drive measurable results for your own customers.  This is objective proof in the market that you have invested in Best-in-Class cutting edge field service technology with your customers’ success in mind.


Now that’s a story that can show off your competitive advantage in service.


What stories, anecdotes, and examples do you have of customers showing they are over the moon with your service?


How do you prove that service is important to your business?


Does your sales team talk about your excellence in service?


*Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management”, Jim Robinson, William McNeill, Jason Wong, Michael Maoz, November 3rd, 2016

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Happy New Year, ServiceMax Community members!


Here are some great recent posts from across the internet around Field Service thought leadership. Our fantastic executive team has shared some thought leadership including a great piece authored by our own Athani Krishna and Forbes has featured innovations within the Field Service industry. To participate in the conversation, click to access the community discussions below and weigh in throughout 2016!


Quotes and Field Service Thought Leadership Around the Web





Discussions about 2016 and beyond here in the Community