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A mature process doesn't necessarily meet customer needs. A quick guide to Net Promoter Score (NPS)

Dave O’Reardon (Left) itSMF Australia Innovation of the Year award winner, and Aprill Allen (Right) – @knowledgebird Many IT leaders are already familiar with the kinds of surveys the common support tools send out on ticket closure. But, it turns out, we may not be going about it the best way. This year’s winner of itSMF Australia’s Innovation of the Year was Dave O’Reardon. Dave... 

Support Provision & the Changing Landscape of the Service Desk

Service desk teams provide support and service to company employees, helping them to make the most of the IT assets that the company provides. At least, that was always the role that IT Service Management teams saw themselves providing. The overall goal may not have altered, but how this is fulfilled has been changing. The traditional methods that service desk teams use to demonstrate their value don’t... 

How to use rapid communications to meet customer service goals using SLAs

Teon Rosandic This article has been contributed by Teon Rosandic, VP EMEA at xMatters. IT leaders and engineers certainly have their hands full with ever more sophisticated internal customers who are more empowered and easily disappointed than ever.  They are placing greater demands to “get it right” and deliver immediate access to information, products and services. End users want to... 

Excellent service doesn’t have to cost more

I have seen discussions in social media about whether service providers should aim to deliver excellent service, or just deliver the service they have agreed to. One side of the argument says that we have more choices than we used to, and that service providers must aim to delight all their customers or they won’t survive in a modern, consumer-oriented competitive environment. Other people argue... 

Customer Experience the Apple Way

You’ve probably noticed that Customer Service has become an old fashioned term.  Nowadays it’s all about the “Customer Experience” led in no small part by Apple and it’s crew of blue shirted genii poised to help with all of your purchasing and technical needs. According to Carmine Gallo, author of The Apple Experience, there are ‘5 Steps of Service’ that every Apple Store staff member... 

Customers are not your top priority

There is this myth that IT (or any service provider) should be utterly focused on customers; that a customer obsession is the secret sauce to IT success; and that unhappy customers mean we in service have failed. Railroads don’t bear this out. Railroads in the USA have fought tooth and nail with their customer base for decades.  After the Second World War, freight customers decided the railroads... 

Expanding Customer Service To Twitter

“Providing quick, engaging and valuable support to your customers on Twitter can build a positive brand image and reduce cost. Twitter takes less time, and money and offers your company the ability to resolve issues quickly and efficiently.” Image originally posted on Zengage, The Zendesk Blog userMore Posts  Read More →

Rob England: "What is Service Management?"

Tenuous link: One of Rob's passions outside of ITSM is trains. The ITSM Review offices are in sunny Swindon in the UK, home of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's workshops which powered the Great Western Railway. Editor’s Note: We are very pleased to welcome Rob England (a.k.a The IT Skeptic) as regular columnist at The ITSM Review. Service Management Railways provide a useful analogy for understanding... 

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