About This Constellation ShortList™
A specialized type of customer service, field service involves technicians repairing or servicing products in service centers or on customer sites. Field service management (FSM) software helps to coordinate the complex logistics—including parts, warranties, and customer and staff schedules—integral to field service delivery.
In line with increased customer expectations for timely, convenient service, these solutions optimize work-order routing and technician scheduling. They incorporate communication features that automate messages to customers on status updates and arrival times. Technicians gain improved stock visibility and easy escalation procedures.
Leading vendors incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities into FSM solutions. Information directly from the products themselves can vastly improve time to resolution for technicians in the field. IoT data combined with customer feedback from technicians provide useful insights for marketing and product development teams. This enables feedback loops from dealers and subcontractors back to original equipment manufacturers.
Advancements in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) capabilities further push the envelope and make it possible to deliver field service support remotely. Though only a few FSM vendors currently have VR/ AR capabilities, Constellation anticipates this to be a growing area of demand.
Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:
- Diagnostics prior to rolling out the truck
- Resource management
- Case management
- Communication between customer and technician
- Resource allocation
- Inventory optimization
- Mobile enablement
- Route optimization
- IoT integration
- VR/AR capabilities to remotely support technicians and customers in the field
The Constellation ShortList™
Constellation evaluates more than 25 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.
- MICROSOFT DYNAMICS 365 FOR FIELD SERVICE
- ORACLE FIELD SERVICE CLOUD (FORMERLY TOA TECHNOLOGIES)
- SALESFORCE FIELD SERVICE (INCLUDING CLICKSOFTWARE)
- SERVICE TITAN
- VERTICAL SOLUTIONS
Frequency of Evaluation
Each Constellation ShortList is updated at least once per year. Updates may occur after six months if deemed necessary.
Constellation clients can work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this Constellation ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.