The self-service portal selfie: Up and running in a flash

Case study It’s only been six months since William Schrikker Group (WSG) started using its self-service portal, “Selfie.” After a tremendously successful start, WSG leaders want to expand the portal’s capabilities. The level of commitment within the organisation was great, and even before the self-service portal went live, several department leaders expressed their wish for their own portal.

WSG is a youth...

Four steps to boost service management self-service portal uptake

Increasing self-service portal uptake for the service desk can be a yeoman’s task, and many organizations simply say the heck with it and focus on other things, things that they feel they have a better shot at addressing. While there may not always be specific ways to take on such a seemingly unyielding task, there are steps that can be taken to generate success.

Using a real-life example, my colleague Jeroen Janssen, a service management consultant, recently worked with the London...

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees.

Focusing on the customer experience at a software organisation – from the service desk onwards

As a team leader, I always strive to build strong relationships between our team and our customers. That's done, in part, by making sure the software product is always up to standard, but that's not always enough. Customer success is incredibly relevant to the service your organization provides, through the service desk and to offer better services, you must know what your customer wants from you, and what you can do to make customer relationships successful. 

To do this, consider the...

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 17 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees.

Five steps to building a helpdesk knowledge base

Improving the quality of service delivery is a commendable goal, but our day-to-day workload sometimes means this remains an elusive fantasy. Few of us have the time to sit down and consider the benefits that a well-constructed, shared and used knowledge base can provide. In many organizations, the knowledge base is underutilized.

For example, in my experience managing the service desk-focused company, TOPdesk, I’ve seen periods of time when as many as 85% of companies with a service management solution...

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Productivity.

How to get the benefits of a self-service portal across to your employees

A self-service portal may be the ideal solution for your service department to help you increase customer satisfaction and lower costs at the same time, but it’s vital that your employees use it and continue to do so well into the future. This article provides a number of tips for setting up a successful self-service portal – and the key to success lie in providing complete communication.

First, though, let’s define what a self-service portal is as referred to here. Very quickly, a...

Six ways your IT department can think more strategically

The journey to becoming a more strategic IT department is accomplished in part by making sure you never lose touch with your organisation’s strengths, and holding onto a service-oriented mentality.

Thinking strategically, apart from anything else, can lead to the greatest success, but there are several things to keep in mind as you begin your strategic thinking and planning.

That way, the IT team can better see themselves as shareholders in the success of the company rather than those who simply make...

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 25 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development.

Why ‘shift left’ is an important approach to IT service management

 

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Organisational leaders and the helpdesk are a significant source of support and comfort to employees who try to navigate the daily operations of the business environment. These departments are service centres designed to help others so they can continue to do their jobs and help other people, but part of the issue that IT leaders and helpdesk pros face is answering the same questions over and over again or completing simple transactions that customers could handle by themselves....

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 29 July 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Productivity.

The future of service management: A leadership manifesto

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” A pillar of the United States and a foundation of the very civilisation in which we live, Franklin was an innovator, a person who helped us live within our current time. He was a businessman and an entrepreneur, and he understood the requirements of service to others, even those people within his own organisation: “As we enjoy great advantages from the invention of others,...