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Optimize Field Service Repair, Preventive Maintenance, Installation and Inspection Operations [Guest Post]

Topics: Macola 10, ERP, guest post, MSI Data, Field Service Management

Posted on Mar 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM by Guest Post

To complement your Macola solution, we partner with best-of-breed third-party providers to offer add-on solutions that integrate with Macola 10, Macola ES and Macola Progression. Today, we are pleased to feature a guest blog post from one of our technology solution partners, MSI Data, which offers Service Pro, an application that provides service departments with the visibility and tools they need to improve operational efficiency, grow service revenue and increase customer satisfaction, a cost-effective and reliable solution that — as a reminder — also fully integrates with your Macola 10, Macola ES and Macola Progression solutions.

 
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Integrating Field Service Management with Macola Software
 

Service Pro Software by MSI for Macola Users

Macola Software has partnered with MSI to deliver its Service Pro field service management solution to Macola customers who perform equipment or product installations, repair, planned or preventive maintenance, inspection, and other field services.

Service Pro provides time-saving automation tools that streamline service calls, scheduling and dispatching, quoting, work order management, service contracts, spare parts inventory, asset tracking, warranties, and field forms such as inspections. Service Pro also offers an easy-to-use mobile service app for field technicians, which works on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 10 phones and tablets.

Manufacturers, distributors and other firms using Service Pro to manage service operations can respond to service requests more quickly, increase field resource utilization, improve service cash flow and communicate more effectively with customers.

Addressing the needs of the entire service team from Service Manager and Dispatcher to Technician and Customer, Service Pro eliminates paper and duplicate data entry and increases the visibility of field operations, provides instant access to service history and other troubleshooting information. Service Pro users have reported:

  • 100% increase in technician-to-office worker ratio
  • 100% accuracy in differentiating standard time, overtime, billable and unbillable technician hours
  • 30% increase in billable technician utilization
  • 3-week reduction in invoicing time--from 3 weeks to same day

A Closer Look at Service Pro
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Service Pro by MSI is a single application for managing all service activities, from calls, warranties, and scheduling to service contracts and parts.

Empower your dispatchers and service technicians with the information they need to rapidly respond to customer service needs and be optimally prepared for the site visit. Service Pro facilitates the rapid flow of critical troubleshooting data from the customer and about the equipment from the moment the call comes in, to the time the technician has completed the work, finished the inspection and captured the customer signature.

MSI provides a great product, and you can actually talk to the leaders one-on-one,” said Chris Stiles, President of Total Energy Systems, a generator provider with five locations across the upper Midwest. He emphasized some of his favorite features, which include call notes and service history, onsite billing and dispatching. “They truly act from top to bottom as a partner,” said Stiles. “They want you to succeed. There’s absolutely no question with our staff at this point that we’d ever look to another solution.


Visual, Drag and Drop Field Technician Appointment Scheduling

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Service Pro is most often used by manufacturers and distributors who service equipment, machinery, infrastructure or other products at customer sites.  With its visual scheduling capability and connected mobile app, a call taker or dispatcher can easily find the closest qualified technician who is available for the work assignment within the ETA window called for by the service level agreement. 

Additionally, they have visibility to all other scheduled and unscheduled appointments in their region, to quickly identify opportunities to minimize travel time – performing a planned maintenance task after completing a nearby repair, for example.

For those companies with advanced scheduling needs or very large technician teams, Service Pro Optimize can intelligently advise and automatically schedule work assignments based on the customer’s most important criteria.

 

Van Stock Inventory Management with Mobile Field Parts Consumption

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Service Pro manages not only technician labor time but parts and inventory as well.  Working in unison with Macola as the master inventory, Service Pro makes it easy to monitor van inventory, make inventory transfers to service vans, as well as track ongoing parts consumption in the field with the Service Pro Mobile app.

With efficiency and accuracy in mind, Service Pro Mobile lets technicians add parts to service work orders in multiple ways, including barcoding.  

Beyond recording parts used to complete the repair or maintenance work, Service Pro customers often utilize an embedded mobile form to capture leads and opportunities for additional parts sales.
 

Automate Planned, Preventive and Predictive Maintenance

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Service contracts, and the recurring preventive maintenance services that accompany them are the most attractive means of providing revenue predictability for the service organization, and optimal equipment availability or uptime for their customer.

Typically fraught with a great deal of complexity and repetitive manual work, Service Pro customers enjoy the benefit of nearly 20 years of service best practices built into Service Pro contracts and PM auto-scheduling features, which in the case of one customer, automatically creates 7,000 appointments per week with no manual intervention.


Request More Information or a Product Demonstration

If you would like to learn how Service Pro for Macola can help your business, please click here to get started. 

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Macola is pleased to share this guest blog post from one of our technology solution partners, MSI Data, which offers Service Pro, an application that provides service departments with the visibility and tools they need to improve operational efficiency, grow service revenue and increase customer satisfaction, a cost-effective and reliable solution that — as a reminder — also fully integrates with your Macola 10, Macola ES and Macola Progression solutions. 
 
Thank you for your interest in this guest blog series. We look forward to sharing future posts from other best-in-class third party providers who offer add-on solutions that integrate with Macola.
 
 
    
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