ASE Autogate has equipped its field engineers with mobile devices live-linked to a BigChange job management system.
Specialising in the installation and maintenance of automatic gates, barriers and bollards, ASE Autogate has reduced its reliance on resource and time intensive paperwork by 50 per cent using BigChange.
Yorkshire-based ASE Autogate has saved money by consolidating the management of its field operation into one easy to use, integrated solution. The company has also boosted customer service as it can now capture and share time-critical information using the BigChange mobile app.
“Our future depends on the quality of work and the quality of service we deliver today. BigChange gets this and gives us the tools we need to deliver on our promises,” commented Simon Field, Director at ASE Autogate. “No job is the same and therefore no day is the same but using BigChange we can capture, record and share time and business critical intelligence, ensuring everyone is up to speed and informed, from engineers, through to support staff and management, to the end client.”
Prior to implementing BigChange, ASE Autogate tried a number of systems, including a standalone CRM and a generic combined CRM and enterprise resource package. “Our previous systems had elements that worked and elements that didn’t, also, as they were not specifically designed for field service operation they were ‘clunky.’ They were also under-supported,” Field continued.
Using the BigChange job management system, which incorporates customer relationship management (CRM), job scheduling, live tracking, resource management, job finance and business intelligence, ASE Autogate can now plan routine maintenance and service appointments up to a year in advance. With real-time visibility of engineers’ current location and onward calendars, back-office staff can also react quickly and accurately to emergency callouts, allocating the right resource and adjusting schedules accordingly.
Carrying out 2-3 installations and up to 100 planned or reactive maintenance visits a week within its gate division alone (the company launched a door division a few years back), ASE Autogate is working to eliminate paper from its workflows. Previously, ASE Autogate engineers logged in at the Shipley head office on a Monday morning, collecting a week’s worth of job sheets, risk assessments and other associated paperwork. They often didn’t return until Friday afternoon, by which time the volume of paperwork had increased massively and the completed details had to be manually entered into a number of management and accounting systems.
“Using BigChange the entire process, from initial enquiry, through to quoting, works completion, invoicing and ongoing servicing, is automated and this has greatly reduced our reliance on paper. This is saving us time, it’s saving paper and ink, it’s saving energy and it’s reducing delays in invoicing and minimising the potential for errors.” Field added.
ASE Autogate is an expert in the repair, installation and replacement of electric and automatic gates and doors across the Harrogate, Leeds and West Yorkshire area. Established in 1986 the family-run business works hard to develop a close relationship with each of its clients whether they are individual home owners, business or estate managers. ASE Autogate is an approved installer of all of the major security gate equipment suppliers, therefore not restricted to trying to sell one particular brand and allowing them to specify the product purely on the basis of ‘best for application’.
Launched in 2013 and based in Leeds, UK, BigChange is a leading Field Service Management Software Provider trusted by more than 1,900 field-based organisations around the world. BigChange employs over 220 people and is recognised as an outstanding employer with a 2 Star Accreditation from Best Companies.
In 2020 BigChange was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation, one of the highest business honours in the UK awarded for the company’s contribution to international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity. The company has also featured in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and was named in the 2018 Deloitte Technology Fast 50.
BigChange is the complete Job Management Platform that’s helping field service businesses across the UK to win more work, take control of their operations and deliver winning customer experiences. Bringing customer relationship management (CRM), job scheduling, live tracking, field resource management, job finance, business intelligence into one simple to use and easy to integrate platform, BigChange liberates customers from inefficient paper-based processes and the complexity of multiple different technology systems that hold their businesses back.
For more information please visit www.bigchange.com.