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One of the easiest tools to assist in continuous process improvement is the process control chart. It can help track when things go outside the norm, and help you diagnose problems in your service management. Here is a quick overview.
Tag(s): supportworld, business continuity, best practice, change management, incident management
April 20, 2021

 
Do you know your clients’ pain points? Have you walked a mile in their shoes? An analyst suggests that the process of mapping out the customer’s journey can provide critical insight into what can go wrong, and help solve problems before they arise.
Tag(s): supportworld, customer service, customer satisfaction, customer experience
April 19, 2021

 
Too often, organizations simply look at the bottom line as the end goal, but those utilizing ITIL 4 might want to dive deeper to come to agreement on the differing definitions of value. Here is a snapshot of that discussion.
Tag(s): supportworld, business of support, ITIL, ITSM
April 14, 2021

 
Every change initiative may die a silent death unless it is clearly documented and the process solves the problems your workforce faces. Here is a look at the value of clearly documenting processes, and then checking to make sure that what is written is what is being done.
Tag(s): supportworld, business of support, business alignment, IT service management, IT-business alignment
April 14, 2021

 
The pandemic has called into question traditional thinking on workforce management. Here is a case for why that may be a good thing for both employees and businesses. In short, flexible scheduling may help meet the needs of surging customer demand and fill small shifts at odd hours.
Tag(s): supportworld, business of support, employee satisfaction, employee engagement
April 14, 2021

 
It’s one thing to launch a continuous process improvement program, but it’s another to sustain it. Here, an analyst looks at some on-the-ground processes to keep momentum up for improvement. He suggests that it’s important for everyone on your team to question the process and troubleshoot for...
Tag(s): supportworld, continual service improvement, best practice, business alignment, IT service management
April 7, 2021

 
The best way to retain customer loyalty is to avoid complications in the customer experience. Here is a suggestion for a hands-on approach for troubleshooting potential issues that customers may have experienced, with examples of how this approach has been implemented.
Tag(s): supportworld, costs, ITSM, IT service management, business intelligence, business of support, cost models, customer service
April 6, 2021

 
Too often sales and service were siloed from each other, but that should change, says one analyst. Ivan Moore argues that we need to adapt to be more agile, and train service teams to help cross-sell after fulfilling a customer service request.
Tag(s): supportworld, costs, ITSM, IT service management, business intelligence, business of support, cost models, customer service
April 5, 2021

 
Cybercriminals are targeting small- and mid-sized businesses more often than in the past. Don’t get caught flat-footed - scope out your vulnerabilities and decide on a plan of action before trouble hits to protect your bottom line and your business’ reputation.
Tag(s): supportworld, technical support, swot analysis, shadow-it, service strategy, security management, root cause analysis, problem solving and troubleshooting
March 31, 2021

 
Here is an argument for creating a model of advancement that favors advancing the skills of the generalist over that of creating a specialist class. This approach, if implemented correctly, can help boost team morale and smooth out the processes around customer interactions.
Tag(s): supportworld, coaching, collaboration, communications skills, diversity, employee engagement, employee satisfaction
March 29, 2021


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