Field Service News and Tech Roundup February 2019 Edition

Field Service News & Technology Roundup is our blog series, where we feature the latest interesting field service and technology insights impacting field service organizations.

February was fairly busy for field service and technology news. Not only did we see a number of fact-filled articles out of Field Technologies Online, there was buzz around

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5 Ways Companies Can Improve Its Field Service Operations in 2019
Source: Field Technologies Online
Author: Mynul Khan, Founder and CEO of Field Nation

We always like an organized numbered post, counting down (or up) all the ways to improve field service, enterprise asset and mobile workforce management strategies. That’s one of the key aspects we found useful with Mynul Khan’s article in Field Technologies Online, 5 Ways Companies Can Improve Its Field Service Operations In 2019.

Taking an informative approach backed by experience, the article discusses the importance of leveraging contractors to expand resource-strapped field service companies, to help fill the gaps.

Read the article for the full breakdown.

5 Internet Of Things Trends Everyone Should Know About
Source: Forbes
Author: Bernard Marr, Contributor, Enterprise & Cloud

5 seems to be the magic number in February field service and technology news, with the second article featuring another list, this time breaking down the top 5 Internet Of Things Trends Everyone Should Know About.

You’re probably asking if IoT has run its course and you’re tired of reading about it. I take a different approach. Given it’s still considered leading edge technology to many, it’s highly relevant material to keep up on.

One of the most interesting facts Bernard Marr mentions is a statistic that states, “According to research by Forrester, businesses will lead the surge in IoT adoption in 2019, with 85% of companies implementing or planning IoT deployments this year.” I repeat, this year.

The ever-changing nature of IoT technology—field service and related—means there is still much to learn. In fact, the more success stories or use cases you can read to stay up-to-date, the more ready your field service company will be when it’s time to seriously consider adopting the technology.

I highly recommend taking time out from your day to read this article and be further educated about IoT trends.

Fixing Things with Augmented Reality
Author: Ian Wright, Contributor

Speaking of other leading-edge technology in the field service and enterprise asset management space, augmented reality (AR) is making waves across many industries and use cases.

In this light-read, Ian Wright touches on how AR is changing the landscape for the manufacturing industry as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). With heads-up displays imparting information on the technician’s field-of-view, it’s possible to increase work closeout efficiency on the first visit.

Check out the article for additional insights.

Top 3 Signs You Need Field Service Automation Software
Source: Field Squared Blog
Author: Mark Percy, VP of Technology at Field Squared

This month’s Field Service News and Technology Roundup would not be completed without mentioning one of our most popular blogs we’ve ever released.

Here, our VP of Technology lists out the Top 3 Signs You Need Field Service Automation Software. While we know the difference our software makes in the lives our customers, whether that’s in the utilities, oil & gas, telecommunications, inspections or any industry, it’s not always easy for those on the outside looking in to understand what makes field service automation so great.

This blog takes a no-nonsense approach to providing pertinent details to be self-reflective around when the right time to adopt field service automation software is. Be prepared and learn more in this post.

Maps Are Transformational, Becoming a Common Language Across Organizations
Source: Geospatial World
Author: Jack Dangermond, Founder and President at Esri

We love a good story from Esri, the GIS software market-leader. When we saw this article, we knew it was a must-read to share with our own audience.

In his article, Maps Are Transformational, Becoming a Common Language Across Organizations, Esri’s Founder and President Jack Dangermond, discusses the transformational nature GIS has on organizations that seek to understand relationships between their corporate systems of record and location intelligence data.

What’s refreshing is to see a thought leader discuss the implications integrations have on the future of GIS. For us here at Field Squared, that translates across field service and enterprise asset management in a fundamental way. We feel strongly about it to the degree that we partnered with Esri to develop a zero-effort integration to ArcGIS, enabling companies that maintain a distributed mobile field workforce, conduct field work or manage and maintain assets, the ability to connect their GIS within our platform and mobile application, seamlessly.

This brief, impactful article is a must-read for anyone looking to make the connection of GIS to field service work.

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