As IT operations continue drifting into the cloud, it's important to ensure that organization personnel keep pace with the latest skills and practices. It’s not enough to find people who are skilled in cloud technology; you need to prioritize training for it within your existing workforce.
Tag(s): supportworld, culture, cloud, cloud computing, training
May 12, 2021

 
Often, it requires more than raw IT skills to deliver great IT support for customers and clients. Here, we discuss how to change your hiring process and recruitment process to find people who have some IT skills and versatility, and provide a strong customer experience.
Tag(s): supportworld, culture, contracting, customer experience, diversity, human resources
May 11, 2021

 
Agile is a simple and ingenious concept through continuous incremental improvement through small and frequent releases. You see Agile in work every day, and Manuel Palachuk walks you through one well-known example as he begins to explain its value to IT service and support.
Tag(s): supportworld, culture, agile
May 10, 2021

 
When a leader’s work life and home life collided during the pandemic, she realizes that her parental skills and her managerial skills often overlap. Here’s what she learned from the experience after a year leading from the home office.
Tag(s): supportworld, culture
May 3, 2021

 
New AI may now be able to take on repetitive managerial tasks. Here’s a case for utilizing new automation tools to ensure that your organization’s processes and procedures are followed efficiently and correctly, and an introductory overview of workflow automation.
Tag(s): supportworld, best practice, business continuity, business of support, customer service, security management
April 28, 2021

 
E-commerce sales are booming, and businesses have chosen expediency over security as they raced to keep up with customer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the dust now settles on that sea change, it pays to find ways to make sure every transaction is secure.
Tag(s): supportworld, best practice, business continuity, business of support, customer service, security management
April 28, 2021

 
Recently, Michael Hanson has been sharing his wisdom of the best practices to help continual process improvement be successful. In this article, he details SIPOC (+CM), Pareto sheets, decision matrices, and Failure Mode Effects Analysis, giving a good overview of each.
Tag(s): supportworld, culture, continual service improvement
April 26, 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

 
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