Field service management software enables service providers to better manage their operations and provide optimal customer service. These business apps allow you to schedule and track jobs that take place outside the office. By matching the right technicians with the right clients, planning routes and calculating travel times, along with managing inventories and stock levels, field service software ensures the accurate delivery of a high level of service.
Field service management tools cover a number of needs including ticket management, CRM and database management, compliance tracking, scheduling and dispatching, contract and partner management, RMA management and work order management.
Field service management software is used to collect data on new customers as well as to provide a better understanding of your existing customers. Warranties and service contracts are stored and entitlements are tracked to give a complete overview of client service history. You can also store clients’ personal details, assets, and equipment and keep a communication log to see who dealt with each phone call and which technician was sent out to each job.
Many field service management solutions will provide features for customer self-service. Clients can login to the software gain access to live job statuses. Technicians can also access information remotely and provide updates and feedback on jobs. Technicians can also be notified of incoming jobs via SMS, email and Push Notifications.
Service part and inventory management are a key feature of field service applications. You can use these features to manage reverse logistics and depot repair activities. Many field service software apps will allow you to automatically create quotes and invoices for your clients and will provide digital signature capabilities.
You can also use field service management software to automatically calculate jobs and route times. The reporting functionality of these apps provides you with key service performance information, helping to identify areas for improvement and flag up issues for review.
GetApp's quarterly ranking showcases the top 25 Field Service Management (FSM) apps based in the cloud. Each app is scored using five factors, worth 20 points each, for a total possible score out of 100. These factors include user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, media presence, and security. Each app's score is independent of commercial interests and existing relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.
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This ranking is for business owners and decision makers looking for a first glance at the leading cloud-based Field Service Management (FSM) software in the industry. The data serves as a point of reference highlighting the key factors that small businesses should look at when first analyzing a piece of software. These factors include user perception (reviews), compatibility (integrations and mobile app availability), market presence (media presence), and security features (security).
For more details on why we chose these data points, take a look at our industry research reports, which provide in-depth explanations of each data point, as well as trends in the industry.
An app’s score is calculated based on five unique data points and is completely independent of any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors. The data points are calculated as outlined below:
The score for user reviews is calculated using a Bayesian estimate, which is a weighted average that includes the number of reviews and the rating of an app, benchmarked against other apps in the category. This raw number is then scaled to represent a value between one and 20.
Integration scores are calculated by scaling and adding two different averages for the number of listed integrations on GetApp: the first 15 points are awarded for the total number of integrations scaled against the average for the top 25 percent of apps in the category, while the final five points are awarded for the total number of integrations scaled against the leader in the category.
Mobile platform scores are calculated using data from Google Play and the Apple App Store. Five points are awarded for having an Android App, and another five for an iOS app. The additional 10 points are calculated based on the user ratings of the app in each store, rated out of five, for a total of 20 points.
Media presence is calculated using the number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans a vendor has. Each social network contributes a maximum of 10 points to the total score. The first five points are awarded for total number of followers scaled against the average number of followers that each vendor in the category has, while the remaining five points are awarded based on the total number of followers, this time scaled against the category leaders. The scores for Facebook and Twitter are added together for a total score out of 20.
Security is calculated using answers from a vendor-completed survey. The questions in the survey are based on the Cloud Security Alliance self-assessment form as part of the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry. With 15 questions, each answer is assigned a point value based on vendor response, with additional points given for security certifications, for a maximum possible score of 20.
In the event of a tie, each data point is weighted for importance, with security taking precedent, followed by reviews, integrations, mobile apps, and media presence, respectively.