Over the past year our organization has seen tremendous growth and user adoption across our platform and across many different industries. We have learnt a lot about our clients, who they are and how they are different, they fall into three different categories:
Below I am going to touch on why you and your business are at risk if you are, The Unaware or The Cautious.
The Unaware – Around 10 months ago I went to a meeting with a man whose company provided specialised machinery into the food industry of which he serviced and maintained as well. We were introduced by an AssetPool client who knew this company would benefit from the move over to our digital solution. This company built really impressive equipment and have done so for many years, when I began to understand their process the alarm bells went off immediately, it was clear they were losing money, loads of it, and very unnecessarily. Could we help his business? Without a doubt, but could we help his business with the leadership we met? Unlikely.
While they have a good business, and without going into too much detail, this business is in trouble as it has been left in the hands of the elderly founder’s children. They have not changed any of the processes for many years, they are taken advantage of by their clients because they often fail to prove when work was carried out, be it a repair or a service and they are completely at the mercy of their staff doing paper record keeping correctly.
It is important to know when to handover the reigns of your business, it is more important to handover the reigns to the right leadership to take the business forward. As Robert Brozin – Founder and CEO of Nando’s puts it in this article by London Business School – “You stop getting tickets to the rugby world cup final, you walk into the office and the guys you were meeting with yesterday are meeting with somebody else. And people are a bit quiet, they’re a little bit scared to talk to you, which really dents your ego. Then you look around and see the business doing well, the profits improving and all of that stuff and you think ‘jeez’.
In the end we demonstrated AssetPool and explained to the Managing Director how we could help, the next steps were just beyond his comprehension as he had not kept up with the times, he did not even use a computer in his business to get his own e-mails. The biggest risk this business faces is lack of change, if they do not change their outlook on innovation and leadership I’m afraid they will be a casualty of ignorance.
The Cautious – Vastly different to the Unaware and not in quite as much of a pickle, they understand technology, they have systems and processes in place, some fairly current and they know that someday they will have to adopt a “Smart Inspection” system which does away with paper, excel, corrupt and delayed information. It’s not even a case of if, it’s a case of when? So what’s the hold up!!
These guys can run great businesses, they are great to deal with, they work so hard that they really are considered by industry as the top of their game. This brings to mind a couple of companies we have dealt with in the past, they came to meetings with us, they get it, and they walk out with a Trial account set up – then nothing! A week goes by, we make contact and something has come up, a month goes by, the lead is cold and we simply have to respect their time and the fact that life happens or they have chosen another software provider.
What is an example of an inefficient paper based process vs a digital one, and how it is directly linked to costs?
Scenario – Your client 150km away calls your reception, it’s 07h30am, they report an urgent callout to site, a critical piece of machinery you just installed on a production line has gone down, they need assistance ASAP and a report on the findings sent urgently as management is very unhappy and need answers today.
Paper & Excel Process:
Your company is using a paper job card, paper checklist and a camera to take photos, which will be attached to the Job card. Let’s investigate and explore the process:
Outcome - The next day the client claims the control arm was bent on installation and wants proof it was an issue after the installation happened, however at installation time the technician forgot to take a picture proving the installation was fine and the control arm was in good condition. Although the client may be wrong, they are a big client so you cover the costs – A loss of $565
Digital Inspection Process:
Your company is using AssetPool Smart Inspection. Let's investigate and explore this process:
Outcome – The client accepts the invoice, he is happy with the turnaround time and service as well as the good price, he doesn’t even know your margin is in fact better than a paper based margin. He doesn’t argue the point on the control arm because the previous AssetPool report shows the arm in good working order.
The solution is simple, you have to adopt a digital Smart Inspection solution for your business & the sooner, the better. It’s not only good for your bottom line it HELPS SAVE THE PLANET – Less mileage, Less paper!
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