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Field Service Management Trends in 2024

2024 has been an exciting and challenging year for businesses of all kinds. People are closely monitoring their budgets, yet there is still plenty of opportunity to explore. However, one question remains: What trends will emerge in 2024 and beyond? It should come as no surprise that most field service management trends from the past few years have involved rapid developments in software and technology. The bottom line? Whatever the future has in store for field service businesses, technology will play a vital role.

We spoke to our experts, and the following trends emerged as the most important:

  • Advancements in AI and Quantum Computing: AI has become an essential tool in field service management, enhancing efficiency, reducing costs, and boosting customer satisfaction.
  • Dynamic Scheduling and Dispatching: Dynamic scheduling and dispatching tools are crucial for meeting high customer expectations and addressing labour shortages.
  • More Customer Self-Service Tools: The demand for self-service tools continues to grow, with customers seeking seamless and efficient service options.
  • Sustainability and Regulations: Reducing environmental impact and complying with regulations are becoming standard practices in field service operations.
  • Digital Transformation: Emerging technologies like AR, VR, IoT, and digital twins are revolutionising field service operations, driving efficiency and offering immersive training experiences.

Join me as we explore these trends and their impact on the industry.

Advancements in AI and Quantum Computing

No other technological development has quite grabbed the imagination of business leaders like AI. A few years ago, artificial intelligence tools were fun but clunky, still finding their feet as companies promised improvements. In 2024, they’re one of the top field service trends and the biggest trend for businesses, period. It is no longer speculation: AI is here and ready to be used.

AI offers options to streamline processes for both field service technicians and customers. For field teams, AI can be a source of information for any inquiry they may have in the field. Forget carrying physical manuals and instructions: AI recommendations can find and collate the available information in a fraction of the time. Vast amounts of necessary data can be sifted through in moments to streamline any processes and questions technicians may have or get essential documents.

For customers, AI can provide instant answers to common customer inquiries, schedule service calls and offer essential guidance. This gives service users an entry point to engage with your field service business and can help them feel more prepared.

Quantum Computing

Quantum mechanics demonstrates that digital management processes can be accelerated far beyond what is currently achievable with today’s technology. Quantum-powered field service algorithms focus on tackling the specific challenges businesses face in this space, transforming the efficiency and effectiveness of field service operations. Together, they aim to push the global trend of computational power forward.

Despite being in its early stages, Totalmobile’s Chief Technology Officer, Jon Woodforth, views quantum computing in field service management as having strong potential for our service organisations and their customers, helping field service businesses work smarter, deliver jobs ahead of time, and boost margins.

Customer Self-Service Tools

The demand for customer self-service tools continues to grow, empowering customers to manage their interactions and service requests independently. These tools allow customers to handle appointments, access information, and resolve issues on their own terms, enhancing their overall experience and satisfaction.

What is an example of customer self-service?

Self-service tools come in various forms, including online appointment management, knowledge bases, and customer portals. Customer portals provide a seamless and transparent way to view service history, track appointments, and pay invoices​. Online booking management empowers customers to book service calls at their convenience. Knowledge bases and FAQs enable customers to find solutions independently.

Together, these tools improve efficiency by freeing customer service reps to handle more complex issues. Moreover, many customers prefer self-service options for their convenience and immediacy. This preference leads to higher customer satisfaction and loyalty, as customers appreciate having control over their service interactions. Self-service tools also reduce operational costs by minimising the need for live customer support.

Dynamic Scheduling and Dispatching

Dynamic scheduling and dispatching will continue to be critical in 2024. Field service businesses can use dynamic scheduling software to meet increasing and fluctuating customer expectations while addressing labour shortages. With the latest technological advancements, these processes have become more streamlined and dynamic.

Dynamic workforce scheduling software has revolutionised scheduling by creating optimal plans based on various factors, such as travel time, job urgency, and technician skills. This ensures that the right person is dispatched to the right job at the right time. Real-time data integration allows these systems to adapt schedules dynamically, managing last-minute changes and unexpected delays efficiently. This capability not only enhances operational efficiency but also improves customer satisfaction by reducing wait times and ensuring timely service delivery​.

Dynamic scheduling leads to significant productivity improvements for companies like The Kelly Group, with increased productivity and a wider bandwidth for jobs. This optimisation reduces idle time and ensures that technicians are utilised effectively, directly impacting customer satisfaction and operational efficiency​.

Learn More: What is Dynamic Scheduling?

Sustainability and Regulations

Sustainability in field operations will be at the forefront of business decision-making in 2024. A survey by IBM found that over 50% of respondents stated sustainability had become more important. Field service businesses are increasingly striving to reduce their environmental impact, driven by consumer demand for greener practices and regulatory requirements.

Route optimisation technology is one of the many tools available to help reduce fuel consumption and emissions by planning the most efficient travel routes for field technicians. Similarly, paperless mobile workforce management saves resources and reduces the environmental footprint. Going paperless also improves an organisation’s duty of care to employees.

Take Allianz, for instance. Recognising the need to digitise processes and improve work-life balance for their 640 field-based engineers, Allianz partnered with Totalmobile to transition from a paper-based system to an intuitive mobile platform. This move unlocked over 300 extra productive hours per workday and reduced the engineers’ work hours by more than an hour daily.

Adopting sustainable practices helps companies reduce their carbon footprint and save costs through more efficient resource use. For instance, optimising travel routes can significantly cut down on fuel expenses. Moreover, digital documentation streamlines operations and reduces waste. These practices also help businesses comply with regulations, essential for maintaining their operating license and avoiding potential penalties.

Digital Transformation Continues

The digital transformation journey is ongoing, with new technologies like Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and the Internet of Things (IoT) playing significant roles in enhancing field service operations. These innovations are transforming how field service businesses operate and interact with their customers.

Field service management software is at the heart of digital transformation, managing scheduling, dispatching, and communication to streamline operations. Emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are enhancing training and troubleshooting processes. The Internet of Things (IoT) provides real-time insights and enables proactive maintenance, further driving operational efficiency.

Digital transformation leads to significant gains in operational efficiency and cost reductions. For example, AR and VR provide immersive training experiences, improving technician skills and readiness. IoT-connected devices enable real-time monitoring and predictive maintenance, reducing downtime and enhancing service reliability. These technologies improve internal operations and enhance the customer experience by providing faster, more accurate service.


2024 has been a transformative year for field service management. The trends we’ve discussed—advancements in AI and quantum computing, dynamic scheduling and dispatching, the rise of customer self-service tools, a focus on sustainability and regulations, and the ongoing digital transformation—are all crucial in shaping the industry’s future. These innovations enhance operational efficiency, improve customer satisfaction, and contribute to sustainable business practices.

Researching these trends can provide a competitive edge, streamline operations, and ensure long-term success. This blog is aimed at providing a starting point for you; whether you’re leveraging AI to optimise schedules or utilising digital tools to enhance customer interactions, staying ahead of these trends will be vital to thriving in 2024 and beyond.

Next Steps

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Edward Bell

Edward Bell, Totalmobile's Content Strategist, shapes and delivers compelling content spotlighting their unique SaaS solutions. With 6+ years in MarComs, his journey spans diverse marketing roles, driven by tech passion. Edward fuels Totalmobile's mission, educating and advocating for impactful solutions across sectors, ensuring ROI for customers.