Integrating Merged Reality

  • March 18, 2019
  • Help Lightning

Integrating Merged Reality Remote Assistance into Your Existing Field Service Management Tools

Your field service experts and technicians are focused on solving customer problems. If not introduced properly, new tools and apps can be a barrier to their core mission, no matter how powerful the new technology. Rather than focusing on getting the job done, each new tool and app requires your users to learn new patterns and behaviors. Some users will resist doing this, resulting in low adoption for new apps and features introduced into existing apps. This is the classic ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ problem. 

We understand this at Help Lightning. Our Virtual Presence technology is the next best thing to being there in person: a force multiplier for people working with others to resolve a problem. However, to be most effective, we know that our technology must be integrated into our customers’ existing tools, processes, and workflows.

Integrating Help Lightning

We offer several options for integrating our Merged Reality solution into your existing platforms. 

  • Plug Help Lightning into Your Cloud-based Platforms. Help Lightning directly integrates with a number of cloud-based customer support platforms commonly used in the field service industry. These include Salesforce Service Cloud, Genesys PureCloud, Oracle Field Service Management, Mize Field Service Management, as well as others. If you have invested in one of these platforms, you can quickly integrate Help Lightning by installing components and connectors built specifically for those platforms. We also understand that your workflows are unique to your organization, and have designed our integration components and connectors with the flexibility to be tuned to the nuances of your organization.
  • Integrate Help Lightning with Your Apps for iOS and Android. Your users already have a number of apps related to their work: apps for tracking work orders, for managing customer requests, and for reporting on performance and other metrics. Also, many of the cloud-based solutions mentioned above offer native apps which are optimized for devices. All of these apps can be integrated with Help Lightning. For example, you can add links in your Apps that invoke our On-Call Experts feature. When a user taps this link, a special Help Lightning call will start that cycles through a group of On-Call Experts that you defined beforehand. You may create as many expert groups as you wish. Organize them by product, by region or location, or by subject matter. The user needing help doesn’t need to know precisely whom they need to call; our On-Call Experts feature will get them connected with the best folks on your team to help them.
  • Make Help Lightning Yours with Custom Branding. Seamlessly integrate our Merged Reality experience with your marketing and branding strategy. Our HelpLightning apps for iOS and Android, as well as our web app, can be white labeled to your specific branding requirements. This is particularly attractive for customers who wish to integrate Help Lightning into their existing portfolio of field services apps and tools–all bound together with a cord of consistent look and feel.
  • Create Custom Integrations with Our API. Many of our customers have created unique custom integrations with the Help Lightning platform using our API. We built our API as part and parcel of our entire architecture, not simply as an afterthought so that prospective customers could give us a check mark. In the true spirit of Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS), we are users of our own API for our products. Thus, you can have confidence that our API is robust and secure. Our customers are using our API in a number of ways, limited only by their creativity: compiling their own Business Intelligence dashboards based on HelpLightning data, pulling call recordings and publishing those in Microsoft SharePoint, and invoking Help Lightning calls to specific sets of users directly from their application.
  • Use Your Existing Authentication and Identity Services with Help Lightning. We fully support authentication and identity standards such as OAuth and Single-Sign-On (SSO). This allows us to integrate quickly and seamlessly with services like Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory (AD). You benefit from centralized control over user management for Help Lightning. Further, this enhances user experience and adoption by ensuring that your user’s corporate password policies are applied consistently to Help Lightning.

Maximize User Experience and Adoption

We have designed Help Lightning to deliver beautiful user experiences for our customers–not only for our core apps, but also when Help Lightning is integrated into a larger context. This principle ensures that your users will get the maximum value out of our Merged Reality technology. Contact us and let’s discuss how we can integrate Virtual Presence into your unique environment.

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Written by Neal Evans, CTO, Help Lightning

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