Is Your Knowledge Management Strategy Preparing You for Life After COVID-19?

COVID-19 is rapidly accelerating digital transformation for service organizations, and knowledge management is playing an enormous part. Companies will need to rely heavily on third-party contractors, and all engineers — both third-party and employees — will need to limit contact onsite by completing the fix the first time and as quickly as possible. In addition, the forecasted economic downturn brought on by the pandemic is creating intense pressure within service organizations to reduce costs and increase profitability.

In a guest blog for ServiceMax, AnswersAnywhere VP Bo Wandell discusses how companies can provide the digital training and deeper knowledge that engineers need onsite to improve accuracy and efficiency, while also reducing cost pressures.

 

How Knowledge Tools Can Help Recession-Proof Your Company

The word “recession” seems to be on everyone’s minds at the moment. While it is nearly impossible to predict the exact timing of an economic recession, most experts agree that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is one in the near future. With the threat of a recession looming, it might be tempting for your organization to cut corners and pinch pennies. It’s always a good idea to routinely examine and curtail costs, but now is the time to be on the offensive, not the defensive.

In a guest blog for the Service Council, AnswersAnywhere Vice President Bo Wandell explores why knowledge management is one of the best recession-proofing tools for field service organizations.

 

Knowledge = Field Service Profits

Like never before, field service organizations are being recognized as a source of valuable recurring revenues and profits. At the same time, field service managers are being buffeted by the winds of change—demographic and technological—that are driving renewed interest in knowledge management strategies.

This joint white paper from AnswersAnywhere and ServiceMax will provide some insights into launching a knowledge management initiative and building a financial case for investing in a knowledge solution to help you cope with the winds of change.

 

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AnswersAnywhere to Highlight Powerful New Analytics Feature as Lead Sponsor of Field Service Medical 2020

San Diego, CA – AnswersAnywhere, the leading global provider of knowledge delivery solutions for field service organizations, will return as a lead sponsor for Field Service Medical 2020, the only peer-led conference for medical device leaders in customer care, service, and support.

At the conference, which takes place in San Diego, CA on February 24-26, AnswersAnywhere will be highlighting Data Insights, a new product and journey analytics feature. Data Insights allows field service organizations to easily access product, knowledge and user data, perform predictive analytics and gain a deeper understanding into service calls to make more informed business decisions.

According to Bo Wandell, Vice President of AnswersAnywhere, Data Insights will help users identify the behaviors that contribute to achieving Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) like first time fix rates and mean time to repair. Additionally, by having a complete picture of user journeys, executives will be better equipped to address the field service talent gap through targeted training and resources.

“Executives need rich, real-time, actionable data to make the most informed decisions for their field service organization,” Wandell said. “AnswersAnywhere Data Insights will allow field service managers to better allocate resources and forecast trends, as well as identify knowledge gaps and areas where additional support or education is required.”

As an example, Wandell said that Data Insights could uncover that the top 20% best performing field service engineers are also the most frequent users of exploded product diagrams and parts lists, how-to videos or other servicing documentation in a company’s field service knowledge base. Wandell said, “Armed with this unique insight, a field service executive now has a roadmap to make the remaining 80% of his field service staff more efficient.”

Tracing a field service engineers’ knowledge base journey while working on a piece of challenging equipment, according to Wandell, will provide insights that are not available anywhere else in a company’s field service ecosystem. He said, “If you have a product model that has a low first-time fix rate or a high instance of incorrect parts orders, our Data Insights solution would allow you to follow service engineers’ path to resolution either in the aggregate or individually. By determining where the break down in knowledge delivery exists, the knowledge base can be enhanced to deliver new solutions that will drive efficiency.”

“Another example is if you have a certain product model that has a low first-time fix rate or high instance of incorrect parts orders. Imagine being able to trace your field service engineers’ knowledge base journey while working on that piece of equipment? You would be able to draw some pretty powerful conclusions about what type of supporting information or additional knowledge they need in order to increase efficiency and accuracy for that model.”

The AnswersAnywhere Data Insights feature is available to all AnswersAnywhere knowledge base customers. Attendees of Field Service Medical 2020 are invited to stop by booth #203 in the Exhibit Hall for a demonstration.

About AnswersAnywhere:
Unlike traditional knowledge management software solutions, AnswersAnywhere is a complete outsourced knowledge service that includes the people, process and technology required to transform disparate parts and technical information into a mobilized, online/offline knowledge base. AnswersAnywhere knowledge experts convert, deliver and continuously update parts and product knowledge for use by field service engineers and technical support representatives.

The types of source information that AnswersAnywhere knowledge experts convert into usable, interactive knowledge bases includes FAQs, parts lists, installation and service manuals, schematic drawings, exploded diagrams, product descriptions and alerts, safety notices, database output, images, videos and MS Word and PDF documents.

AnswersAnywhere integrates with leading field service management platforms, including ServiceMax and Salesforce Field Service Lightning. Our knowledge experts have created and manage technical product knowledge bases for over 200 companies. For more information, visit https://www.answersanywhere.com.

AnswersAnywhere Announces Integration with ServiceMax Go and Host of New Features

Seattle, WA – October 18, 2019 –
AnswersAnywhere, the leading global provider of knowledge management solutions for field service organizations, today announced integration with ServiceMax Go and the availability of innovative usage analytics and control over the delivery of proprietary technical knowledge.

AnswersAnywhere’s integration with ServiceMax Go, ServiceMax’s new mobile app for service execution management, further supports AnswersAnywhere’s mission of delivering parts and service knowledge to field service engineers when they need it most – on site with a customer. Bo Wandell, Vice President of AnswersAnywhere said, “From inside ServiceMax Go, a field service engineer can call hundreds or thousands of pages of relevant parts and service knowledge simply by pushing the integrated AnswersAnywhere button.” Wandell said that a part selected from an AnswersAnywhere parts list or exploded product diagram can be added automatically to a work order in ServiceMax Go.

According to a Technology Services Industry Association’s (TSIA) research report 2019 Field Services Technology Stack, deploying a knowledge management solution reduced mean time to repair by more than 50% and lowered annual employee attrition rates by over 3 points. “Knowledge management has evolved from a ‘nice to have’ to a strategic necessity for field service organizations seeking ways enhance efficiency, increase service profits and improve engagement with their mobile device focused workforce,” Wandell said.

Unlike traditional knowledge management software solutions, AnswersAnywhere is a complete outsourced knowledge management service that includes the people, process and technology required to transform disparate parts and technical information into a mobilized knowledge base purpose-built to address the needs of field service engineers. Wandell said, “Developing and deploying a knowledge management strategy in a big corporation is not for the faint of heart, but it is a perfect outsourcing opportunity. Because AnswersAnywhere is a Knowledge-as-a-Service, we can deploy the first version of a customer’s field service knowledge base in 90 days after project launch.”

According to John Stetic, Senior Vice President of Innovation and ISV Partnerships at ServiceMax, AnswersAnywhere is a seamless complement to ServiceMax. Stetic said, “Our ServiceMax customers are large companies servicing complex assets supported by hundreds of field service engineers around the globe. Productivity and efficiency dramatically improve when field service technicians are provided with the right tools and information via ServiceMax and integrated parts and technical product knowledge from AnswersAnywhere – enabling successful service execution.”

AnswersAnywhere for ServiceMax v3.0 also includes new analytics that track and report every interaction with a field service knowledge base. “Field service executives want to understand how parts catalogs and service knowledge are being leveraged in the field so they can draw correlations between usage and achievement of key performance indicators,” Wandell said. “If AnswersAnywhere Analytics uncovers that the top 20% best performing field service engineers also are the most frequent users of the field service knowledge base, that’s an important piece of the puzzle when trying to figure out how to make the remaining 80% more efficient.”

AnswersAnywhere also has released new security functionality called Knowledge Segmentation, aimed at companies that employ third party service providers. Knowledge Segmentation allows field service managers to control access to parts and service knowledge based on audience. Access can be limited to specific products or a much larger subset. Additionally, organizations can create an “expiration date” that allows individuals to access information for a certain length of time, even if the information has been downloaded to a mobile device.

About AnswersAnywhere:
AnswersAnywhere is a Knowledge-as-a-Service that combines people, process and technology to convert, deliver and continuously update parts and product knowledge for use by field service technicians and technical support representatives. The types of source information that AnswersAnywhere knowledge experts convert into usable, interactive knowledge bases includes FAQs, parts lists, installation and service manuals, schematic drawings, exploded diagrams, product descriptions and alerts, safety notices, database output, images, videos and MS Word and PDF documents.

AnswersAnywhere knowledge experts have created and manage technical product knowledge bases for over 200 companies. For more information, visit www.answersanywhere.com.

About ServiceMax:
ServiceMax is the global leader in Service Execution Management, offering cloud-based software that improves the productivity of complex, equipment-centric service execution. Enterprise companies across the globe have turned to ServiceMax to help them keep the world running. For more information, visit www.servicemax.com.

To watch a demo of AnswersAnywhere for ServiceMax, click here!

AnswersAnywhere Enhances Integration with ServiceMax to Drive Field Service Knowledge Delivery

Seattle, WA – July 16, 2019 – AnswersAnywhere, the leading provider of knowledge management solutions for field service organizations, today announced the release of AnswersAnywhere for ServiceMax v2.0. The enhanced knowledge management solution and integration with ServiceMax is designed to provide field service technicians with fast and easy access to the technical product knowledge required for efficient and successful customer visits.

AnswersAnywhere is a Knowledge-as-a-Service that combines people, process and technology to convert, deliver and continuously update technical product knowledge for use by field service technicians and technical support representatives. The types of source information that AnswersAnywhere knowledge experts convert into usable, interactive knowledge bases includes FAQs, parts lists, installation and service manuals, schematic drawings, exploded diagrams, product descriptions and alerts, safety notices, database output, images, videos, FAQs and MS Word and PDF documents. AnswersAnywhere knowledge experts have created and managed knowledge bases for over 200 companies.

ServiceMax is the global market-leader in Service Execution Management, a software category that includes both Field Service Management and Asset Service Management. ServiceMax provides a cloud-based software platform that improves the productivity of complex, equipment-centric service execution for OEMs, operators, and 3rd-party service providers.

“AnswersAnywhere and ServiceMax share the mission of helping manufacturers maximize the value of their field service organizations. The AnswersAnywhere/ServiceMax integrated solution unlocks new opportunities to increase customer satisfaction, first-time fix rates and efficiency,” said Bo Wandell, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for AnswersAnywhere. “As a result of the AnswersAnywhere/ServiceMax integration, field service technicians arrive at a customer site armed with all of the critical parts information and knowledge required to get a piece of equipment back up and running in the shortest possible timeframe.”

The newest version of AnswersAnywhere for ServiceMax features full, bi-directional data exchange with ServiceMax. Technicians can access relevant parts, installation and servicing knowledge from their ServiceMax work order by simply clicking on the integrated AnswersAnywhere button.

Wandell said, “Without leaving the ServiceMax field service management app, technicians can call AnswersAnywhere to gain immediate access to a knowledge base for the down equipment. To order a part in the AnswersAnywhere knowledge base, the technician can automatically drop the part number and quantity needed directly into their ServiceMax work order.”

As a cloud-based platform, AnswersAnywhere can deliver knowledge to field service staff worldwide. For technicians who work in environments without Internet access, AnswersAnywhere is fully operational in both online and offline modes.

According to Dara Sherafat, ServiceMax’s Senior Global Director of ISV Channels, field service organizations that have embraced digital transformation are realizing gains in service revenue and customer satisfaction while also reducing costs. He said, “A key component of a field service organization’s digital transformation strategy is delivering relevant knowledge when and where it’s needed. With the AnswersAnywhere/ServiceMax integrated solution, field service technicians have access to a mobile knowledge base that could contain tens of thousands of up-to-date knowledge articles, parts lists, parts images and product notices.”

Sherafat said that ServiceMax’s medtech customers are particularly interested in knowledge management solutions like AnswersAnywhere to meet government regulations and drive parts ordering efficiency. He said, “In addition to all of the efficiency gains delivered by digital transformation, medtech companies are interested in leveraging knowledge management solutions like AnswersAnywhere to ensure they meet FDA and EU MDR compliance requirements and eliminate costly, incorrect parts orders.”

 

About AnswersAnywhere:
AnswersAnywhere is a Knowledge-as-a-Service created by Infomill. Over 50,000 technical support representatives and field service technicians access a knowledgebase on the AnswersAnywhere platform every month to quickly and accurately install, service and repair equipment.

With offices in the US and UK, the AnswersAnywhere team has been creating innovative knowledge solutions since 1996. Infomill has a pedigree of successful aftermarket information projects with multi-national companies in HVAC, aerospace, mass transit, materials handling and other knowledge-critical sectors. Infomill is located in Derby, UK and Seattle, USA. Companies using the AnswersAnywhere platform include BUNN, Baxi, Centrica and Ferguson. 

 

About ServiceMax:
ServiceMax is the global leader in Service Execution Management, offering cloud-based software that improves the productivity of complex, equipment-centric service execution. Enterprise companies across the globe have turned to ServiceMax to help them keep the world running. Visit www.servicemax.com.