‘Smart’ Service Management is Your Key to Success

Most organizations recognize the importance of a ‘speedy response’ to a quality issue or a customer complaint.

In fact, faster service response time has been named as a top priority for many service lifecycle management efforts. The significant demand for manufacturers and service organizations to resolve customer issues promptly, and to quickly mitigate any product quality issues has become a challenge.

How do you overcome this challenge and implement a solution? The equation involves equipping service technicians and customer facing roles with the right information at the right time, along with aligning parts/inventory and service personnel.

For example, let’s look at a very realistic situation.

Imagine your dryer machine breaks down. You call the manufacturer and learn you have to wait three days for a service visit. Depending on your patience (and laundry needing to be done) this could be the beginning of a very unpleasant customer experience.

But what if that same manufacturer was able to pull up your model, and already knew they had visited you a year ago with a similar issue. How might your experience be impacted if they were to tell you there was a 90 percent first-time fix rate for your specific dryer and a technician would be able to show up with the specific parts needed to fix your issue?

This is the type of service that customers want and are starting to expect.

It is easy to see how putting the right information in a service technicians’ hands at the right time is so important.

Service technicians want to be able to see service information and technical service bulletins. They want to see information on the job and have access to just in time training. They have a desire for formal training, tech assist helpdesks and hotlines, and safety instructions.

So how do we enable and empower technicians to optimize service experiences and exceed customer expectations?

Here are some of the best practices that we have gathered:

  1. 1. Provide access to technical/service parts information when technicians need it
  2. 2. Make that information easy to search
  3. 3. Supply accurate product and configuration information including all parts and service history
  4. 4. Enable easy ways of ordering parts
  5. 5. Offer just in time training/help

‘Smart’ service management is your key to success.

Your service information needs to be managed at a network level. This ensures that all your players in the service web have access to the right information, at the moment they need it.

Adding a modern layer of accessibility to your information is a critical part of ensuring your service network can operate efficiently and effectively.  This is what will help you drive positive customer experiences throughout your product lifecycle.

We offer the technology solutions and technical expertise to make real-time service information delivery a reality. Contact us to learn more about our Product Development Information Services group, PTC’s Arbortext and Service Lifecycle Management technologies, and the PLM solutions that can effectively link together your product data and service part information.