In the opening part of this series, we explained what we mean by Peak Performance for service delivery organisations and the challenge of reaching that peak consistently – every single day. Achieving that will definitely deliver better customer outcomes and business success. We identified 3 steps on the road to that success:
1) Mobilise core processes to connect the office with the mobile workers more effectively;
2) Implement a performance management framework and tool set that uses the data flowing through the processes to guide decisions on improvements;
3) Centralise and automate repetitive tasks and release capacity for higher-value tasks.
Today, we are going to address the first step – mobility. It is one of those topics everyone is talking about these days, and no surprise. With the number of mobile/smart phones sold now greater than the total population of the country, it is fair to say this is a ubiquitous technology. But, that does not mean it is easy to implement, maintain and support in the mission-critical context of mobile workers delivering on-site services. Because it is not.
Often, technicians/engineers/delivery drivers have to work in harsh – sometimes hazardous – conditions and all are required to operate out of doors, whatever the weather. That can impose considerable constraints of the technology that will work for them. But, even so, there is no shortage of infrastructure options to consider. Consumer-grade or ruggedized? Which operating system? Which manufacturer? Which applications software – buy or build? Which network operator? On premise or in the cloud? Up-front licencing or SaaS? All contribute to the lifetime cost of ownership and are a big factor in calculating the Return On Investment.