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Jobber is a cloud-based field service management software solution that allows small and midsize service businesses to manage field staff, provide customer support, and expand business operations either through a mobile app or a desktop... Read more
Recent recommendations: 133 recommendations
Service Fusion is an all-in-one, cloud-based field service management software. It caters to service contractors and businesses of all sizes across multiple industries. Service Fusion offers field service management, VoIP phone solutions,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 113 recommendations
WorkWave Service is a cloud-based field service solution. It offers mobile and desktop applications to connect field workers to the office to provide visibility into what’s happening in the field. The mobile applications allow field... Read more
Recent recommendations: 71 recommendations
Housecall Pro is a cloud-based field service management app for service professionals to automate workflows and streamline technician dispatch. This solution includes a native mobile app and complementary web portal and serves a wide... Read more
Recent recommendations: 64 recommendations
ServiceTitan for HVAC, plumbing and electrical home service businesses is a cloud-based field management platform that offers scheduling, dispatch, invoicing, sales, and more. The platform offers marketing ROI and conversion tracking... Read more
Recent recommendations: 56 recommendations
Striven is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suitable for many industries and organizations of all sizes. It offers features for accounting, inventory management, human resources, customer relationship management... Read more
Recent recommendations: 55 recommendations
FieldEdge by dESCO is a cloud-based field service management solution for home service contractors in fields including HVAC, plumbing, electrical and more. The field service software allows companies to manage business operations remotely... Read more
Recent recommendations: 45 recommendations
E-automate is a subscription-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, available on-premise or in the cloud, that integrates accounting, contract and inventory management, purchasing, sales and service. The software is ideal... Read more
Recent recommendations: 31 recommendations
Nrby is the smarter way for field teams to execute tasks and workflows from any location. Nrby is a collaboration platform with over 150+ communication workflows that drive operational efficiency with better task management and team... Read more
Recent recommendations: 30 recommendations
Service Autopilot is a cloud-based field service solution for lawn care, landscape maintenance, cleaning and snow removal organizations. The solution caters to businesses of all sizes.Service Autopilot features client and lead management,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 29 recommendations
Quick Base is a cloud-based low code application development platform that gives more power to your field teams and makes customers happier. Innovative organizations use Quick Base to communicate real-time info to teams across multiple... Read more
Recent recommendations: 28 recommendations
With Workiz, field service pros can grow their business by ditching antiquated business management methods such as pen and paper, Excel spreadsheets and Google Calendar.Workiz provides an easy-to-use platform that allows service pros... Read more
Recent recommendations: 27 recommendations
GPS Insight Field Service Management gets you off of paper, out of spreadsheets, and into a streamlined, automated workflow. From a customizable calendar to a two-way QuickBooks Online sync, the platform supports your entire day, from... Read more
Recent recommendations: 24 recommendations
Mobiwork MWS is a suite of field service solutions that features GPS tracking, inventory management, billing and invoicing, work order management, electronic forms, scheduling and dispatch and contact management. It offers cloud-based... Read more
Recent recommendations: 21 recommendations
ServSuite by ServicePro is a cloud-based enterprise software solution for pest control, lawn care, and arbor care companies. Its customized capabilities are specially designed to meet the business needs of each of these individual... Read more
Recent recommendations: 19 recommendations
simPRO is a powerful job management software solution created by trade contractors, for trade contractors. If your business struggles with quoting multi-stage projects, managing inventory, communicating with technicians, or any other... Read more
Recent recommendations: 18 recommendations
Service Assistant is a cloud-based solution designed to help service businesses such as lawn care, landscaping, carpet cleaning, HVAC or pest controllers manage field technicians, create estimates and maintain customer data on a centralized... Read more
Recent recommendations: 17 recommendations
PestPac, a WorkWave software, is a web-based field service management solution, offering unique, features to improve productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction. PestPac is a scalable solution that can serve single technicians... Read more
Recent recommendations: 14 recommendations
BiznusSoft Field Service is a cloud-based solution designed to help businesses manage and control their operational cycle. Key features include account management, quotation and contract management, work order management, scheduling... Read more
Recent recommendations: 9 recommendations
SingleOps is all-in-one business software for green industry businesses, including landscaping, tree care, lawn care, landscape supply and sod. The software includes features such as CRM, estimates, scheduling, work orders, timesheets,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 8 recommendations
The mobile workforce wave is peaking, and by 2020, more than 105 million Americans will use mobile devices for work. Since most employees already have a smartphone, organizations are wise to allow workers to use the tools they’re most comfortable and productive with.
- More tasks completed per worker
- Increased revenue contribution per worker
- Fewer visits per service request
- Reduced logistics costs
This guide will help field service organizations learn how mobile apps can streamline their operations. We’ll cover:
What Is a Field Service Mobile App?
A mobile field service app offers the functionality of a desktop-based system anywhere. It gives managers and technicians real-time information to make smarter decisions from the field.
Map view on the HouseCall Pro mobile app
Field service workers can retrieve, edit and close out work orders as they arrive, eliminating the time needed to drive between an office and a job site.
The benefits are also passed on to customers, as mobile apps can remind technicians to arrive within the appointment window, instead of leaving customers waiting. In addition, managers can view the location of each worker, then assign new work orders to the technician closest to the jobsite.
Benefits of Field Service Apps
A mobile app eliminates the need for paperwork and streamlines work order management. Below are some key mobile app benefits and how they help:
- Native app capabilities. Native apps take advantage of a device's camera and GPS capabilities, so workers can snap photos or location data while at the worksite and add it to a customer’s or asset’s profile. GPS data also gives managers the ability to track workers as they move through daily tasks.
- Real-time data. Web-enabled mobile devices allow users to quickly access important information they need when performing jobs, reducing time taken to search for paper documents.
- Offline access. Most mobile apps continue to function offline, even if internet connectivity is spotty or nonexistent. Workers never have to worry about losing access to critical data while in the field.
- Collaboration tools. When work orders are modified, or when managers need to relay important information to technicians quickly, they can send messages through the mobile app instantly.
Important Features to Consider
Field service systems offer a variety of features, some of which help organizations take full advantage of mobile capabilities. Below are some key applications companies should evaluate before making a software investment:
Field Service Mobile Application Features
|Job timers||Getting the job done within the appropriate time frame is important, and having data on exactly how long common tasks take is critical. Many field service systems with mobile functionality also include the ability to time each task by activating a timer when starting. Over time, managers can gather data about common jobs to avoid bottlenecks.|
|Inventory management||For industries that use an inventory of parts to repair machines or other materials, such as contractors, computer repair personnel, painters or cleaners, having inventory counts on hand makes management simpler. Many systems can display materials needed directly on work orders; technicians can change inventory numbers in the app, so counts are updated in real-time.|
|Mobile checkout or invoicing||Get paid immediately after the task is done. Most apps include an invoicing feature users can edit on the fly then email directly to the customer. Some systems offer the ability to accept signatures or payment on the spot.|
|Reporting||As workers travel from job to job, mobile apps can collect information about routes, labor hours, parts used and more. Managers can generate reports on data such as revenue, which employees are taking too long to complete common tasks or which parts are used most often. The more data you collect and analyze, the more easily you can identify areas for improvement.|
|Integrations with accounting systems||You may not want to completely switch how you track costs and revenues, so some systems offer integrations with popular accounting platforms such as Sage or QuickBooks. Most systems at least allow you to import accounting information to keep all important data in one place.|
Field Service BuyerView Report
Software Advice regularly interacts with field service software buyers looking to automate their processes. We’ve analyzed these interactions to find out which features buyers are seeking, and we’ve found that about a quarter of buyers require mobile access.
Furthermore, the top reason field service professionals are looking for new software is to increase organization and efficiency; a work order app deployed to all field workers can deliver time savings and increase the number of completed tasks.
To learn more about software buyer preferences, read the full report.
Market Trends to Understand
The field service industry, like many others, is changing rapidly with new technology. Here are some trends worth keeping in mind when searching for field service solutions:
The internet of things impacts field service. The internet of things (IoT)—the evolving connectivity of everyday objects to the network to send and receive data—has wide-reaching implications for nearly every industry. For field service, this approach is likely to become an industry best practice. The first step is implementing mobile strategies for technicians, so they can relay information back to the office in real time.
Rugged devices grow in demand. With this increased focus on mobility in field service, rugged mobile devices are in higher demand. Field service managers may only need “business-rugged” devices that are designed for frequent travel. But organizations may need semi- or fully-rugged devices to protect smartphones and tablets from mud, rain, corrosion or falls that may occur in more hazardous working conditions.