Dynamics 365 Field Service: How to optimize your field service with AI
Peter Linke
Dec 10, 2020 | Last updated: Jan 14, 2021
Insights | 3 min read

True, the term “wave” is currently somewhat strained. However, Microsoft’s 2020 Release Wave 2 refers to innovations for Dynamics 365 that will be released between October 2020 and March 2021. This also includes Artificial Intelligence (AI) updates. We will show you which new AI features will be added to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service specifically.

Benefits of AI for business

First, let us clarify what Artificial Intelligence means in relation to Dynamics 365. Most people only think of robots and computer-controlled machines when they hear “AI”.

Since AI holds growth potential for businesses in particular, Microsoft has also embedded intelligence into its Dynamics 365 suite of business apps. Plus, it offers additional AI features for these apps.

Artificial Intelligence can:

  • simplify work
  • automate processes
  • help in decision making
  • increase productivity
  • reduce administrative workload
  • minimize bureaucracy
  • improve customer loyalty
  • quickly process huge amounts of data
  • improve value chains

What Dynamics 365 Field Service provides

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service is a software for organizing field service. It helps dispatchers when scheduling and briefing service professionals, field technicians benefit from mobile productivity tools that support them before and during on-site visits. Microsoft’s cloud app covers the entire field service process, from receiving a work order to customer communication, inventory management and KPI analysis.

AI features in Dynamics 365 Field Service

The 2020 Release Wave 2 will focus on the following AI functions for Dynamics 365 Field Service:

Enhanced skills-based matching in resource scheduling optimization

Companies usually have service employees with a wide range of skills. For ideal service delivery, AI offers the option of automatically matching service needs with the relevant qualification levels, always selecting the technician with the lowest common denominator of skills first. This creates capacity reserves that can be quickly deployed in an emergency.

Predictive technician travel time

Predicting travel times makes scheduling more precise and ensures that the service is provided in the best possible way. This is made possible by AI and the collection and evaluation of historical travel data. As a result, companies can better fulfill demand without having to completely replan the service.

Technician locator

The so-called technician locator makes it possible to specify an exact status for scheduled service appointments. Integrated AI functions can automatically confirm appointments, send reminders and provide details about the technician’s expected arrival. By automatically notifying the customer when appointments are made, when the technician departs on the day of the assignment, when delays occur and when rescheduling is necessary, they can plan with more certainty.

Localization capabilities of Field Service include:

  • Sending notifications to the customer to confirm scheduled service appointments
  • On the day of service appointment: Sending a reminder with a link to track the technician’s location and estimated time of arrival.
  • A portal application that allows customers to view details of scheduled service and technician arrival.

Artificial intelligence in Dynamics 365 Field Service increases the first-time fix rate, resulting in more efficient resource utilization and significant cost savings.

Would you like to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service? Our experts will guide you through the app in a free webinar and answer any questions you might have.