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5 Trends in Field Service for 2020 and beyond

Field service is evolving enormously, just like technology and customer expectations are advancing quickly too. Forward-thinking service providers are continuously innovating to better serve their customers. There are plenty of ways to guide the maintenance and service industry to the next decade, like training the next generation of mobile workers, the usage of Industry 4.0 technology and offline mobility. We believe there are about 5 trends to watch in field service.

1. Smart devices and more data

Smart devices generate more and more data. The most important and influential trend in the maintenance and service industry is that of devices that generate large amounts of data and which then link to systems to support the service process. Connected technology (IoT) is empowering field service providers to stop reacting and become proactive.

2. Servitization continues: from product to service

More and more sectors are switching from delivering products to services, on a subscription basis or metered usage (pay-per-use). This makes the quality of service the most important success factor for a company. This evolution is also related to the technological and digital transformation that is started, including cloud computing and business (offline) mobility.

3. Service becomes sales

The service department becomes a commercial department. A trend that we absolutely welcome is that of “lead generation & soft skills”. By that we mean that your team of service employees must be well-trained to see and seize commercial opportunities. Bear in mind that every technician is also a pre-sales.

4. Operational excellence or customer intimacy?

We also observe a more general trend. Previously, companies chose a strategy based on operational excellence (best operations) or based on customer intimacy (customer-centricity). Now, more and more companies want both, and preferably at a leading level.

5. Ageing Workforce

One of the biggest challenges facing the field service industry right now is the ageing workforce. Baby boomers are now reaching retirement age, and there is a severe shortage of young people choosing field service as a career path. Millennials and the older end of Gen Z tend towards technology- and service-based jobs such as digital marketing or application development. The challenge is figuring out how to attract these youngsters to the field service industry.

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Resco.next 2019 Rome: business mobility for Dynamics 365

Admiral Dynamics was present at resco.next 2019 in Rome on October 24-25. That’s the annual enterprise mobility event of our partner Resco we didn’t want to miss out on. Our managing partners Marga Van Laere and Jure Jesenovec participated in this educational and inspirational conference to learn about new features including the product roadmap firsthand, to discover Resco’s strategic business mobility insights and to network and get technical support.

With IT and business professionals from 75 companies and 23 countries in the audience, it’s definitely the perfect occasion to get in-depth product knowledge about Resco Cloud in all its flavours like Mobile Sales, Field Service, Routes and Inspections for Microsoft Dynamics 365/CRM.

Our team kicked off the day with a 5k run just before the conference started. “Mens sana in corpore sano” like the Romans would say. After Resco’s CEO Miro Pomsar inspiring keynote, you could follow 2 different session tracks (technical or business oriented). That’s also the reason why Admiral Dynamics was there with two persons.

CEO Admiral Dynamics aka Marga running at resco.next 2019
The early bird catches the worm: a 5k run before resco.next 2019 kicked off!

Curious how Jure, CRM strategy and implementation expert, experienced the Resco event:

Resco.next opened my eyes into a field of advanced mobility. It provided an overview of what is already available today and a sneak peek into the future of mobility.

Jure Jesenovec about resco.next 2019 Rome
A smartwatch for every attendee of resco.next 2019 Rome.

Most interesting highlights for Jure were:

  • Routes: because of its intelligent overview and ability to check where your employees are likely going to be in the next few hours.
  • Inspections: it offers so much more than the name would suggest – it’s an advanced mobile platform for automated business processes.
Resco Routes as shown at resco.next 2019 Rome.

Sharing experiences with other partners worldwide, being able to talk to Resco professionals and spending time at an extremely nice venue made it definitely the mobility event of the year.”

Jure Jesenovec about resco.next 2019 Rome
Networking at resco.next 2019 Rome.

As always, the resco.next conference was truly enlightening and inspiring. Definitely worth participating! The next European edition will be in Budapest: we are already looking forward to it.

Would you like to know more about resco.next 2019? Get in touch, we’ll tell you all about it.

Image source: Resco / own pictures

Admiral Dynamics @ Resco.next 2018 Prague

Resco.next 2018 Prague: our experiences

Admiral Dynamics was present at resco.next 2018 in Prague on November 15-16. Resco.next is an educational conference organised by Resco and designed for all IT and business professionals interested in the Resco Mobile CRM solutions. Both Marga Van Laere and Koen Van de Vyver participated at the business mobility event of the year to get in-depth product knowledge about Resco Mobile CRM for Microsoft Dynamics 365/CRM.

Curious how they experienced the 2-day conference? Read Koen’s report of the resco.next 2018:

“Let’s kick off with some interesting stats. This background information will give you a better understanding of Resco Mobile CRM.

Currently, Resco has 2.200 company customers (51% Europe, 39% North-America, 8% New-Zealand, 2% other countries), 150.000 licensed mobile users, with an average daily usage of 11 sessions a day, 9 minutes and 42 seconds per session, which totals in a staggering 1 hour 42 minutes a day.

No wonder that Resco.next 2018 attracts more than 200 attendees from over 24 countries, representing 92 companies and enjoying 28 sessions in 2 days. These sessions are divided in 2 tracks: a sales-oriented business track and a more technical track. Of course, there’s plenty of time to network in order to get to know the team behind Resco, have one-on-one conversations with the Resco engineers and learn from partners and even competitors.

So what are my key take-aways from Resco.next 2018?

  • First of all, Resco is going to invest heavily in partnerships. The partner enablement program, allowing business partners to step up their game, is an example of their partner’s focus. However, from a partner perspective, the most interesting news came from Resco’s announcement that they will deliver a robust mobile solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service. Read the full press release at PRNewswire.
  • Secondly, Resco’s road map is looking both interesting and promising as Resco will be further developing their Route Planner and Inspections modules. Their functionalities are a great addition to the Dynamics 365/CRM stack, what makes me extremely happy as a Dynamics consultant. Moreover, Resco is pushing out the HTML version of the Woodford configuration tool. This truly brings them back to the present, as the old Silverlight version is being depreciated in 2020.
  • Last but not least, Resco confirmed its status as the leading mobile solution for Dynamics CRM and Salesforce. This was made clear with the numerous inspirational sessions hosted by several partners and with the Mobility Success Panel. Participants of the panel were Gustaf Westerlund, Jeremy Higgins, Ilya Naroditskiy, Daniel Buzatu, Nils Oltenau and myself (Koen Van de Vyver). These panelists did share some of their insights and gave sound advice on things you should (re)think of before implementing Resco as a mobile solution.”

As always, the resco.next conference was truly educational and inspirational. Definitely worth participating! The next European edition will be in Rome: Admiral Dynamics will be there for sure.

Would you like to know more about resco.next 2018? Get in touch, we’ll tell you all about it!