October 23, 2012 at 09:00 AM EDT
Restaurant Technologies, Inc. Chooses Astea's Field Service & Mobile Workforce Optimization Solution
Deployed Astea Alliance to Reduce Costs; Increase Technician Productivity & Capacity; and Leverage Performance Management for Process Optimization

HORSHAM, Pa., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Astea International Inc. (NASDAQ: ATEA), the leader in service lifecycle management and mobility solutions announces that Restaurant Technologies, Inc. (RTI), an industry-leading provider to restaurants of cooking oil management systems and technology, has selected, and is already live, on the Astea Alliance solution suite.  The reason RTI selected Astea Alliance was to reduce service delivery costs, increase resource utilization and gain real-time insight into actionable data to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction and retention.

"We needed a flexible yet robust field service management and mobility solution that would not only meet our needs today but also provide a single platform that would support our ongoing growth and dynamic requirements. After an extensive vendor evaluation process, we selected Astea, as it was the only solution that could meet the broad cross-sectional requirements of our business and facilitate our goals to transform our service business, and deliver exemplary customer service," said Leanne Branham, VP of Operations, RTI. "We were very impressed with Astea's scheduling solution which was one of the primary reasons we selected their platform. Additionally, we were excited about their other solution areas and saw many opportunities in which we could expand and leverage their solution for ongoing transformation into the future."

Astea's solution will provide RTI with a comprehensive and robust combination of capabilities such as Astea's mobility, field service, dynamic scheduling engine, inventory management, and performance management modules that will help to drive and improve efficiencies and optimize their service delivery process. 

RTI will be leveraging Astea's solution to: 

  • Improve Technician Productivity
    • Provide field technicians access to customer service history, equipment repair records, service contracts, product information, inventory, parts availability, address and driving directions in order to ensure first time fix rates and increasing capacity for more jobs per day.
  • Decrease Service Costs 
    • Optimized scheduling to produce more efficient routes, thereby decreasing fuel costs and minimizing travel time between jobs. 
    • Eliminate time spent on manual data entry while ensuring accurate data capture, greatly improving the work-life balance for the technician as well as reducing administrative costs.
  • Proactive Process Improvements  
    • Call center agents, dispatchers and field personnel are empowered with a 360 degree view of the customer, as well as powerful automation capabilities, to provide a more streamlined experience for their customers.
    • Increased visibility into issues will facilitate increasing first time fix rates as well as the ability to provide service trend data by restaurant location, by depot, by franchise, and by restaurant concept.

"We're excited to be delivering powerful solutions that provide tangible benefits for our customers. We take pride in partnering with our customers to meet their implementation schedules, as well as ensuring they are deriving maximum value from our solution," stated Zack Bergreen, CEO of Astea International. "We look forward to working together with RTI to support their ongoing service initiatives to maintain their competitive differentiation as well as their unyielding desire to provide the optimal customer experience."

Astea is the only solution provider that offers all cornerstones of service lifecycle management: customer management; service management; asset management; forward and reverse logistics management; and mobile workforce management with enhanced workforce scheduling optimization. Astea's solutions are seamlessly orchestrated to share and leverage information throughout the service lifecycle – removing the traditional barriers between the field and back office. With Astea's solution modularity, companies can introduce one module at a time or deploy a seamless information backbone across the entire service lifecycle continuum.

About Restaurant Technologies, Inc.
Restaurant Technologies, Inc. (RTI) provides restaurants with industry-leading cooking oil management systems and technology that measures and monitors oil usage to improve food quality and consistency and optimize the life of oil. RTI's oil management systems eliminate dangerous and cumbersome manual oil transport practices increasing safety for your employees and improving restaurant cleanliness.  http://www.rti-inc.com/ 

About Astea International
Astea International (NASDAQ:ATEA) is a global provider of software solutions that offer all the cornerstones of service lifecycle management, including customer management, service management, asset management, forward and reverse logistics management and mobile workforce management and optimization. Astea's solutions link processes, people, parts, and data to empower companies and provide the agility they need to achieve sustainable value in less time, and successfully compete in a global economy. Since 1979, Astea has been helping more than 600 companies drive even higher levels of customer satisfaction with faster response times and proactive communication, creating a seamless, consistent and highly personalized experience at every customer relationship touch point.

www.astea.com.   Service Smart.  Enterprise Proven.

© 2012 Astea International Inc. Astea and Astea Alliance are trademarks of Astea International Inc.  All other company and product names contained herein are trademarks of the respective holders.

SOURCE Astea International Inc.

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