Increasing machine uptime is at the core of what we do for our customers. We know that more than anything, our customers rely on machines to be online and fully functional in order to deliver results. From the small parts that make up a gamma ray machine to the pipe used in oil extraction, each part contributes to the general function and health of a machine. When the focus of service shifts to outcomes, it is not the value of the product/equipment that drives the equation. Even small and inexpensive components such as a pump or valve may have a tremendous impact. Service is a key component of a machine’s functionality, regardless of the size of the component, and as an organization we are laser-focused on minimizing unplanned downtime to ensure machines deliver positive results.
This perspective is driven by the need for tangible results and marks a tremendous shift in the industry we’ve witnessed over the past couple of years to outcomes over products. An outcomes-based model is where manufacturers focus on selling outcomes of a particular product rather than selling the actual product. For a solar panel farm, for example, the outcome is hours of energy created. Service teams and service providers will someday operate according to this model: instead of promising reactive repairs, service organizations will be responsible for ensuring that equipment is consistently delivering a valuable outcome by maintaining it proactively. Essentially, both the manufacturer and the service providers will be laser-focused on one thing: tangible results.
Here are three reasons why results are more valuable than the product itself – hint: it has to do with their value add past the point of sale:
- Uptime Has a Direct Effect on a Company’s Bottom line: Equipment can have every cutting-edge capability in the world, but unless that machine is running smoothly and consistently, it isn’t contributing to company productivity. Like an old consumer appliance that sits stagnant collecting dust, equipment plagued by repairs and downtime draws valuable resources away from the company mission, whether that is to serve patients or facilitate renewable energy sources.
- Steady Streams of Revenue: In an outcomes-based model, OEMs have the opportunity to continue providing service well past the point of sale, generating a regular cadence of income for the entire machine’s lifecycle. Since the goal is not only machine uptime but machine output, a product never leaves the cycle of service. Many companies already have service contracts in place which ensure a schedule of service in return of a regularly billed fee.
- Customers Value Results, and So Should You: Delivering memorable, superior customer service alongside your product offering is pivotal in customer retention, service delivery, and contract renewals. A company who delivers outcomes and always-on machines differentiates themselves from competitors by providing their customers with more than reactive repairs. Customers are receiving more than machine repair, but peace of mind and the ability to rely on projected bottom lines. In the end, this is a less risky, and more valuable model of service.
Each of these key reasons proves a central point: the future of field service is only as strong as the outcomes it produces. And as the industry moves towards an outcomes-based model, machine uptime, productivity and efficiency becomes a meaningful reality down to each and every small part.
This article is published in ServiceMax Field Service Digital on July 31st, 2018