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Top 10 Most Reviewed Service Dispatch Software Systems

 

Mhelpdesk

We often recommend Mhelpdesk to companies with field service operations and less than one million in annual revenues. The system supports on-site estimating, job scheduling, job status tracking and contract management.
            28 Reviews
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120

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in the last 30 days

Wintac

Wintac enables technicians to access their work wherever needed through its work order management module. The program works well with small to medium-sized businesses.
          23 Reviews
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62

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in the last 30 days

FieldOne

FieldOne has more than 10 years experience developing software for field service organizations. This Web-based system offers tools for scheduling, inventory management, dispatching and more.
        19 Reviews
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5

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in the last 30 days

Dataforma

Dataforma provides service dispatch functionality as part of a comprehensive field service suite. The tool enables users to create work and service orders, process billing, invoicing, scheduling and more, all from the Internet.
            16 Reviews

Salesforce.com

Service Cloud, developed by Salesforce.com, is designed to help organizations handle their field dispatch requests. Service Cloud includes features to manage technician schedule, route planning, inventory control, and more.
        16 Reviews
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999

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in the last 30 days
 

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The HindSite Solution

HindSite provides advanced dispatching, scheduling, routing, invoicing and contact management for contractors and other field service workers. Users can monitor productivity and keep a close on business performance.
          4 Reviews
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3

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in the last 30 days

FieldAware

This Web-based dispatching solution gives your field service team instant access to scheduling, invoicing, reporting, account management and more. FieldAware is best suited for small- and mid-sized organizations.
            2 Reviews
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32

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in the last 30 days

Salesboom Cloud CRM

Offered in three different levels, Salesboom is an end-to-end CRM solution that contains a host of key functionalities to provide a custom fit for each business, including Sales Automation, Lead Tracking, and much more.
            2 Reviews
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320

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in the last 30 days

1CRM

1CRM's user-enabled modules offers additional management tools for business inventory. The program is also available as an on-premise system, or web-based for flexibility.
          2 Reviews
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10

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in the last 30 days

SugarCRM

The service dispatch application from SugarCRM allows companies to manage their work orders, plan routes for employees, and monitor repair part inventory levels. The system can be deployed on-premises or in the Cloud.
          1 Review
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30

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in the last 30 days
 
 


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Buyer's Guide

Dispatching is a crucial function of field service software. So much so that some products focus exclusively in this one area. These systems typically include features for route planning, scheduling services and managing work orders, among other dispacthing-specfic activities. 

With that in mind, we’ve created this buyer’s guide, just to address the specific functions of this particular application for the field service market. Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Service Dispatch Software?
What Type of Buyer Are You?
The Vendor Landscape
Market Trends You Should Understand

What Is Service Dispatch Software?

These dispatch scheduling so systems perform the crucial functions that are associated with sending technicians into the field to solve customer support issues that can’t be handled remotely. This covers myriad industries including construction, plumbing, HVAC, home repair, and mobile auto repair, among others. Using technology that’s specifically designed for this purpose can result in massive improvements in scheduling efficiency and customer satisfaction, reducing costs and increasing the bottom line.

Features of dispatching software include:

  • Work order management. Create work orders with names, addresses, and relevant notes, and assign them to workers in the field based on availability, proximity, urgency, level of expertise or other essential factors. Many systems, also allow the dispatcher to track work order completion when used in conjunction with a mobile application.
  • Customer qualification. Provide the technician with all relevant customer information to complete the job, including work history and equipment model numbers.
  • Route planning. Organize work calls by location to reduce travel time, reducing fuel expenses and increasing the number of calls that can be scheduled per day. Many systems use a GPS to map routes, and some can prioritize directions according to time of day and traffic.
  • Scheduling. Send the right technician to the right job at a time they’re available, and efficiently combine crews where multiple technicians or fleets might be needed. This basically centralizes all of your workers schedules into one module. The dispatcher can see everyone's availability, as well as what time they will be where. If a job suddenly comes up, the manager can quickly see who is available closest to the last minute job.
  • Signature capture. Allow workers to capture paperless signatures in the field using handheld electronic devices. This can be done through a mobile application on a smartphone, or a touch-screen tablet. 
  • Inventory control. Ensure that your drivers always arrive to a call with the parts they’ll need to close the ticket. Workers can also log what parts are used during the call to better track assets on hand. Or, they can check inventory remotely if a part is needed that isn't currently on the job site. 

A full field dispatcher software suite may integrate dispatch solutions with other essential functions, including help desk, contract management, forecasting and reporting, equipment tracking, failure analysis, accounting, and more.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

When it comes to dispatch systems, there are basically two types of buyers:

  • Dispatch-only buyers. Small businesses looking to move beyond Microsoft Outlook, spreadsheets, or even whiteboards and sticky notes to add a higher level of management capabilities may want just a simple dispatch program. This will provide a solution to basic dispatching needs without the extra financial burden of unnecessary features.
  • Enterprise buyers. Large organizations with multiple fleets that need to integrate across other company functions—including sales, accounting, inventory control, and more—may want a more in-depth solution that combines all these applications into one. These buyers should look at CRM enterprise solutions that caters to work in the field. 

The Vendor Landscape

This type of buyer... Should evaluate these systems
Dispatch-only  HindSite Solution, Service Skeds, FieldAware 
Field service  DataForma, FieldOne Terra, FieldOne Sky, HindSite    Solution, FieldAware 
Enterprise  FieldOne Sky, ServicePro by MSI Data

Market Trends You Should Understand

  • Mobile. With the explosion of the mobile device market over the last decade, dispatch technology vendors would be remiss if they didn’t provide some way for dispatchers and technicians to interact through the mobile environment. Mobile device applications provide any number of unique functions, including GPS directions/tracking, checking in/out upon arrival or closing the ticket, uploading photos for field support, parts transfer between trucks, and more.
  • Web-based interfaces. Rather than a dedicated software program, many products are shifting to a web-based interface, which let users access information from anywhere. These systems can also have special logins for partners and allow customers to schedule their own appointments. This is particularly useful for very large companies with multiple fleets and many workers that all need to access the same information, in real time while offsite.

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