Tag: Smart Services

Smart Services Summit: Smart Services creating sustainability

As the adoption of Smart Services continues to accelerate, we see an opportunity to apply the emerging technology to provide new value propositions and business models that provide tangible sustainability outcomes that help us and the planet. In 2021 we held the Smart Service Summit “in person” at a fantastic location overlooking the lake of Zurich. The focus was on the impact of COVID-19, and in hindsight, we were between two outbreaks. This year we would like to leave COVID-19 behind us and look to build a brighter future. We are this year going to focus on sustainability as we think it is time to give equal weight to the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability. 

The summit in 2022 aims to assess new and emerging services that are enabled by technology and where the services are co-delivered to support sustainability. In doing so, we hope to answer some of these questions:

  • how is the service quality and value impacted through digital technologies?
  • how can you transform the customer (or a third party) into a service partner?
  • how does collaborative working impact value co-creation?
  • what is the impact of smart services on customer experience?
  • how does the nature of the service delivery change?
  • how can organizations be enabled to foster digital value co-creation?

All of the papers should consider one or more of the three pillars of sustainability (i.e., social, economic, and environmental). This is important as this consideration will allow us to build a sustainable future.

As with previous years, we are looking for early-stage research and will again publish the proceedings with Springer. Furthermore, we will use industry to set the scene and the context from their position and follow them with impactful academic presentations. We anticipate that we will have a physical summit in Zürich!

All papers will undergo a blind peer-review process. The articles will be published again with Springer. Accepted papers will be presented in person in Zurich. 

The link to the prior proceedings is: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-97042-0

Call for participation

Enter your submission here: https://easychair.org/cfp/3S-2022

Summit Chairs

Prof. Dr. Shaun West, Hochschule Luzern, shaun.west@HSLU.ch 

Dr. Jürg Meierhofer, ZHAW School of Engineering, juerg.meierhofer@zhaw.ch

Keywords

Smart Services; Industry4.0; Product-Service Systems; Value Co-creation; Service Quality; Sustainanablty; Service Science; Service Design.

Submission procedure

Full paper submission: 11 September 2022

Acceptance of papers is based on the full paper (up to 8 pages). All papers will be peer reviewed.

Service Event: “Lernen, Netzwerken”

Organized by the Smart Services and Smart Maintenance Expert Groups

Showcase Kistler & Digitalization

In this afternoon event, we will introduce the digitalization initiatives of Kistler and then focus on the digital service initiatives with a focus on pilot projects in various fields of advanced services. The event will be rounded off with a presentation of a turn-key solution by Kistler innovation lab and digital hub, followed by a tour around the company and apéro.

Please register at: https://ch.xing-events.com/digitalization_and_service
Number of places limited
You can also find all relevant information in the flyer!

Service Lunch Smart Services: Transformation of the service business of Swiss industrial companies

With Boris Ricken, AWK Group

COVID-19 has posed enormous challenges to Swiss industrial companies over the past two years. The service sector has been particularly hard hit, as it relies on personal interactions with customers. At the same time, digital technologies have changed the service business.

In his presentation, Boris Ricken shed light on the implications of these developments for Swiss industrial companies. He showed how longterm trends in service provision have been reinforced, e.g., by local service provision in combination with central products and services. Given this, different fields of action were elaboarated, among others for new digital services and business models.

The presentation was accompanied by lively discussion and input from the participants. The expert group Smart Services is a very active platform for sharing and growing knowledge and expertise in this field.

Contact person: Jürg Meierhofer

Service Lunch: “Essen, Lernen, Netzwerken”

Organized by the Smart Services Expert Group

Transformation des Servicegeschäftes von Schweizer Industriefirmen

COVID-19 hat in den letzten zwei Jahren Schweizer Industrieunternehmen vor enorme Herausforderungen gestellt. Der Servicebereich war besonders stark betroffen, da dieser auf persönliche Interaktionen mit Kunden angewiesen ist. Zugleich haben digitale Technologien das Servicegeschäft verändert.
Was sind nun die Auswirkungen dieser Entwicklungen auf Schweizer Industrieunternehmen? Wie könnten zukünftige Entwicklungen im Servicegeschäft aussehen? Lassen Sie uns das gemeinsam diskutieren.

Please register at: https://ch.xing-events.com/ServiceIndustry
Online by Microsoft Teams, Participants get an access link after registration
You can also find all relevant information in the flyer!

Webinar – Value Networks for Servitization

Servitization and advanced services are attractive to businesses with their promise of new and recurring revenue streams, longer-term contracts and close relationships with customers. The process of servitization touches all areas of the business model and, especially for traditionally product-focused companies, it may change the relationships held with customers, suppliers and partners.

When designing advanced service offerings, manufacturers often face a raft of questions about the wider environment they operate in. How will relationships with dealers and distributors change? Who should we work with? How can technology vendors help accelerate service innovation? Are such vendors an opportunity or a long-term threat?

The concept of a value network can help address these challenges and is the topic of our latest mini-guide.

Join host Iain McKechnie and expert industry speakers Dr Kawal Kapoor (ASG Ltd) and Andy Bates (Omron UK) on 2 February 2022 at 15.00 (UK) for a webinar walkthrough of our Value Networks for Servitization miniguide.

The panel will introduce the concept of value networks, how to create a model for your business to help you understand and analyse your value network to inform strategic decisions and design successful service offerings.

Register now (HERE) to secure your space.

Smart Service Innovation for Adapting to the Pandemic Situation – Successful Smart Services Summit 2021

By Jürg Meierhofer

On October 22, the expert group Smart Services welcomed worldwide top experts to the fourth Smart Services Summit. The focus was on how Smart Services allow firms to adapt in the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of remote and collaborative working have created new forms of co-delivery where customers are integrated into the service processes. Such a change requires a mindset change for more traditional firms as the service model migrates from ‘do it for you’ to ‘do it yourself’ or some mix of ‘do it together’. Considering service science, the switch makes perfect sense as it means that the full set of resources within the ecosystem are now being used rather than only a part. Services can be delivered faster and at lower costs with the support of new technologies and when working with the customer in a co-delivery mode. The changes are leading to new value propositions and business models today and will lead to an evolution in Smart Services in the future. The changes themselves must be understood, and we may need to consider new or different implementation and delivery models for Smart Services. These new working approaches may also requite use to re-evaluate both training and education.

Across the papers and presentations, it became apparent that digital service innovation has substantially changed and accelerated since the start of the pandemic. Customer needs and service processes have undergone dramatic disruption, which is still ongoing. A common thread throughout all the papers was the concept of the ecosystem thinking, which was discussed from a wide field of perspectives and in a comprehensive way. In line with the concept of the Service-Dominant Logic, the needs of the different actors in the ecosystem need to be identified and integrated into the design of the services and the integration of the various resources in the ecosystem. The ecosystem perspective not only integrates the different human actors, but also technological, digital resources.

Innovation through intensive collaboration allows switching different perspectives and innovation approaches. This results in seamless value propositions and solutions for the beneficiary actors, which is a necessary prerequisite for economic value creation. Well-designed service experiences based on a consequentially customer-centric view and approach are thus at the basis of value creation.

This transition to digital service innovation in ecosystems requires not only fundamental changes of the technological platforms. In particular, collaboration across actors, organizations, and industry requires a new level of trust, culture, skills, marketing approaches and innovation frameworks.

Many thanks to all those who spoke at, and attended, the Smart Service Summit. A big thanks to IBM, data innovation alliance, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts for supporting the event.

Service Lunch: “Essen, Lernen, Netzwerken”

Organized by the Smart Services Expert Group.

10X-Service Design Lab
An accelerator for business development

Automotive industry is going through a digital transformation and striving to expand its business models into new mobility solutions. Their core product-driven business is expanding to service-orientated business models which requires a new set of expertise and capabilities. In his talk, Linus examines the possibilities to use service design in business development for human-centered accelerated decision-making by application of digital co-creation.

Please register at: https://ch.xing-events.com/10X-ServiceDesignLab
Online by Microsoft Teams, Participants get an access link after registration.
You can also find all relevant information in the flyer!

Service Lunch: “Essen, Lernen, Netzwerken”

Organized by the Smart Services Expert Group

Visualizing Swiss Open Government Data

Open Government Data has the power to transform how organizations engage citizens but we have to wonder how accessible, usable, and shareable open data for the majority of people truly is? «Visualize» is a self-service interface that empowers users to explore open data based on smart defaults and design best practices.

Please register at: https://ch.xing-events.com/OpenGovernmentData
Online by Microsoft Teams, Participants get an access link after registration.
You can also find all relevant information in the flyer!

Smart Services Summit 2021

Register to the event here!


Smart Services supporting the new-normal

Following on from the Summit in 2020, where the focus was on digital as an enabler for smart services, this year
we want to focus on how Smart Services have allowed firms to adapt in the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of
remote and collaborative working have created new forms of co-delivery where customers are integrated into the
service processes. Such a change requires a mindset change for more traditional firms as the service model
migrates from ‘do it for you’ to ‘do it yourself’ or some mix of ‘do it together’. Considering service science, the
switch makes perfect sense as it means that the full set of resources within the ecosystem are now being used
rather than only a part. Services can be delivered faster and at lower costs with the support of new technologies
and when working with the customer in a co-delivery mode. The changes are leading to new value propositions
and business models today and will lead to an evolution in Smart Services in the future. The changes themselves
must be understood, and we may need to consider new or different implementation and delivery models for
Smart Services. These new working approaches may also requite use to re-evaluate both training and education.

The summit in 2021 aims to assess new and emerging services that are enabled by technology and where the
services are co-delivered to support the emerging new-normal. In doing so, we hope to answer some of these
questions:
… how is the service quality impacted through digital technologies?
… how can you transform the customer (or a third-party) into a service partner?
… how does collaborative working impact value co-creation?
… what is the impact of smart services on customer experience?
… how does the nature of the service delivery change?

The pre-COVID19 context and the challenges faced should, where possible, be described so that the initial state
can be clearly understood. Although the focus will be on COVID-19 and its impact on Smart Services, papers on
emerging research on the full lifecycle (e.g, pre-sales, sales, delivery etc.) of Smart Services remain appreciated.
As with previous years, we are looking for early-stage research and will again publish the proceedings with
Springer. Furthermore, we will use industry to set the scene and the context from their position and follow them
with impactful academic presentations. We will have a physical summit in Zürich!

Location
Hotel Belvoir (LINK)
Säumerstrasse 37
8803 Rüschlikon, Zürich

Covid:
Covid certificate will be checked, please see HERE

Summit Chairs
Prof. Dr. Shaun West, Hochschule Luzern, shaun.west@hslu.ch
Dr. Jürg Meierhofer, ZHAW School of Engineering, juerg.meierhofer@zhaw.ch
Utpal Mangla, VP and Senior Partner in IBM Services

Keywords
Smart Services; Industry4.0; Product-Service Systems; Value Co-creation; Service Quality; COVID-19; Service
Science; Service Design.

Submission procedure
i. Write a short abstract: https://bit.ly/3u73P8O
ii. Short abstract submission: 16 July, 2021 to https://bit.ly/2S8kJ9L
iii. Notification of acceptance: 16 July, 2021
iv. Full paper submission: 31 August, 2021
Acceptance of papers is based on the full paper (up to 8 pages). All papers will be peer reviewed.

Proceedings from 2020
The proceedings from 2020 will be published in June 2021 (https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030720896).

Service Lunch: “Essen, Lernen, Netzwerken”

Organized by the Smart Services Expert Group

How an integrated product configurator in sales changed the whole quality of projects sold to customers

Essemtec integrated a product configurator for quoting and scoping of projects into the CRM and sales process. It improved quality of quotations, but not only. It improved whole production and installation and acceptance of sold machines, while reducing loop backs and configuration defects – leading to increased customer experience

Please register at: https://ch.xing-events.com/product_configurator
Online by Microsoft Teams, Participants get an access link after registration.
You can also find all relevant information in the flyer!

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