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5 Ways Technician Scheduling Software Can Help Control Labor Costs

5 Ways Technician Scheduling Software Can Help Control Labor Costs

When field service companies try to schedule service calls using whiteboards, desk blotters and sticky notes, they end up with gaps in their schedules that never get filled. Technician scheduling software helps field service organizations control labor costs, increases efficiency and reduces unallocated hours and unnecessary overtime.

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Why Should Field Service Management Use Analytics To Forecast Labor Needs?

Why Should Field Service Management Use Analytics To Forecast Labor Needs?

Limited visibility puts field service management in a labor force guessing game. The majority of field service firms say labor makes up about 50 percent of project costs. Fortunately, if they leverage analytics, field service firms can combine service calls, highlight a technician’s strengths and weaknesses, and identify additional field work.

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4 Keys To Service Contract Success

4 Keys To Service Contract Success

Missed service call deadlines should not be commonplace for field service organizations. Tracking resource availability is important for firms to get accurate project estimates, ensuring they meet their deadlines. Service firms should not center their operations on a data center; instead, firms should focus their operations on service contracts.

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Cybersecurity: 7 Tactics to Mitigate Risk and Reduce Liability

Cybersecurity: 7 Tactics to Mitigate Risk and Reduce Liability

The Target data breach that occurred last December opened a lot of people’s eyes to the very real possibility of cyberattacks on business systems. When it comes to safeguarding your business from a security breach, there is no solution that offers 100 percent protection. But there are several things you can do to mitigate risk and reduce liability.

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Cybersecurity: Passwords and Logins

Cybersecurity: Passwords and Logins

When you think about tools for Internet security, passwords are often the first thing that comes to mind. But while passwords were designed to increase the security of the systems they are protecting, the way many companies use them and treat them sometimes winds up making those systems less secure. You can ask yourself some key questions to ensure you maintain your security.

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What’s the Most Important Tool for Your Business?

What's the Most Important Tool for Your Business?

Recently the Aberdeen group conducted a study of European field service companies to uncover best practices of top performing organizations. European organizations – like those in the U.S. – have been feeling the pressures of a competitive marketplace and lower service margins.The researchers identified four best practices that have helped those businesses “resolve customer issues efficiently and spark customer growth”.

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