Unapologetic Luxury at The Breakers Enhanced by BOSS Solutions

 

The Breakers located in Palm Beach Florida is a luxury Resort & Hotel offering unapologetic luxury, seaside glamour and world-class service.The Breakers is a 5 star Resort & Hotel that also has four sets of High End Apartments .The Breakers has been a customer of BOSS Solutions for many years.

 

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Their IT department has been using BOSS Support Central our fully integrated on premise ITSM solution to manage and track incidents and requests at the Hotel. The BOSS Support Central suite includes modules for IT Service Desk, Asset Management and Lifecycle Management.

 The Breakers Apartments are owned by high end clientele and can also be rented out by the month or year.  This section of The Breakers is called Breakers Row.  There are four separate buildings that each contain around 20 apartments each.  The Breakers employees take care of all the maintenance, landscaping and security for this section.  All these years, Security and Maintenance employees at the Breakers Row were using manual time consuming pen and paper processes to record all their tasks. They were hand writing all work orders to track what was being done inside each apartment.  However tracking information manually was very difficult and getting a report was impossible. They contacted the Breakers Technology Department for suggestions on how they could better handle their work orders and asked if they would be able to use BOSS Support Central in some form to help them.

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Employee Onboarding: Easing first day anxieties with BOSS Support Central – ITSM On Premise

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The first days on the job for new employees are critical to their ability to fit in and become as productive as possible, within a short time. Onboarding — the process to help just-hired employees acclimate to a new environment is not a stand-alone event but part of a more comprehensive process. Onboarding is not just a buzzword for orientation or something that is needed only in large companies. When incorporated it really helps small and midsize businesses streamline the process and ensure that new employees become productive and satisfied members of their staff.

BOSS Solutions Customer, Beaufort Memorial Hospital has been serving the healthcare needs of the South Carolina community for more than 70 years. Opened with 25 beds in 1944, the hospital has seen significant growth over the years and is now the largest medical facility between Savannah, GA. and Charleston, SC. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Willard Fosberry, Director of IT Infrastructure at the hospital, about how his team has been able to adapt BOSS Support Central the ITSM On Premise solution offered by BOSS Soutions for managing the On Boarding process of all new hires at the organization. Willard spoke at length on how he has benefitted by using BOSS Support Central for Employee Onboarding besides using it to track issues.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital had been using BOSS Support Central for their help desk ticketing and they recently extended its use to the on-boarding process of new employees at the hospital. Before a new member of staff is due to start at the organization, the hiring manager simply completes a new hire web form detailing the equipment and privileges that person is going to need. This information is then used to automatically create work orders that are sent to the appropriate staff members for completion.

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The Birth of BOSS811

Forsyth County, with the help of BOSS Solutions, has implemented a cloud based 811 ticketing solution BOSS811 to replace a costly web-based service for managing utility service marking/location requests.

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The state of Georgia has a central service where citizens can call 811 to have utility services lines marked before doing any construction or digging. The state office determines the local agencies responsible for providing those utility services and notifies that local agency about the utility marking request.

Forsyth County used a web-based vendor to track these service requests and to transmit status updates back to the state agency. The county paid the vendor for each service request posted on the vendor’s website, and there are 100-200 service requests each week. This web-based service was very limited, had no reporting functions and had no workflow to monitor/manage service requests.

BOSS Solutions worked closely with Forsyth County to replace the existing service request listing website with web services to receive an XML data feed from the Georgia state agency and turn that into Support Central tickets. Forsyth County water utility service crews use Support Central in the field to manage service requests. They have dashboard reports to list any emergency service requests and to show service requests inestimated completion date order. When service requests are completed, the Support Central web services transmit updates back to the Georgia state agency. We call the new BOSS Solutions application “BOSS811”.

The new BOSS811 service provides all of the functionality of the website listingservice and more. Support Central has workflow to monitor ticket status and escalate unassigned tickets. Timesheets can be used to track the time spent on each service request. Service crew workload can be tracked as tickets are assigned to crew members.

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Ensure Safe and Reliable Operations with effective Lifecycle Management

 

Keeping an inventory, tagging and tracking assets from the cradle to the grave is not easy! Lauren Graviet of Limestone County explains how they keep up with their inventory with the help of BOSS Solutions.

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"Limestone County, AL has been a BOSS customer for more than five years, and as such, have been very satisfied with their products and customer service. Over the past year we have begun the process of implementing the BOSS Asset Management System. We have found it extremely helpful in keeping up with our inventory, which in turn assists with maintenance renewals, support contracts, and product life-cycle. 

We have equipment in various locations throughout our county, so it is crucial that we have an effective system in place to keep up with the equipment. We began using the asset tags recommended by BOSS. They are small and have a QR code for easier scanning. When we receive a new piece of equipment we immediately assign it an asset tag. Once the tag is assigned to the equipment we tape it to the box, so that when the equipment is removed from the packaging for installation, it can immediately be tagged.

One of our main concerns was the tagging of equipment that was currently on location. To efficiently tag every piece of equipment, we decided to give our technicians a few asset tags to take with them when they went to a location. They could simply add the tag to the equipment, scan the QR code, and assign it to the correct department. Tagging every piece of equipment is still a work in progress, but we have found this to be the best way to ensure everything is tagged correctly."


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How one US state got much needed Elections TLC from BOSS Solutions

 Elections.jpgElections can be a busy time for the State Departments and the sheer number of requests from county precincts can be
overwhelming. The Elections Division of the GA Secretary of State’s Office organizes and oversees all election activity, including voter registration, municipal, state, county, and federal elections. They are responsible for certification of election results as well as certifying the qualification of candidates and preparation of ballots and election forms and materials. State departments have multiple zonal officers who manage various geographical areas to address incidents and requests quickly and efficiently.  It is the dream of every Secretary of State to have one efficient solution that will handle county request submissions, workflow routing based on the business process, escalations on pending requests beyond SLA, email notifications, and dashboard reporting. 

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You know you've been in trouble a lot when you and the cop know each other by first names. True?

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Not with BOSS Solutions and the Lexington County Sheriff's Office!

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, SC a BOSS customer implemented BOSS Support Central to improve efficiency and save time and effort in accomplishing day to day tasks. Whereas all their tasks earlier involved verbal and written communication, with BOSS Support Central they are now extremely organized and a ticket is raised for every task however big or small. It is then assigned to the people in charge and can be tracked and acted upon every step of the way.
Due to the flexibility of the BOSS solution they were able to put it to multiple uses such as submitting and tracking financial requests, equipment orders, travel requests, office supplies requests, keeping track of ID cards and Jail maintenance issues.
All this was taken care of manually earlier and requests sometimes were
lost, delayed or fell through the cracks.
With the BOSS solution, they can now log in and instantly verify the action
taken on the request. With 400 users, they are dependent on the BOSS
solution for their day to day functioning .They love that the tickets can be
accessed using their smart phones as they are always on the go. They do
not have to go back to their desks to resolve issues and can just click on the
phone# on the ticket and take care of the issue wherever they are. They are
finding new uses for the BOSS solution by fine tuning it in innovative ways
to cater to their needs.

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Considerations when choosing a new IT Service Management tool

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When it comes to deciding on a new IT Service Management solution for your organization, there’s a wide array of products to choose from. Whilst certain considerations such as size, budget and specific organizational needs will be different from one company to the next, there are some essential criteria areas that will be common among most during the ITSM tool selection process. Here, we examine the eight key elements that should to be considered during the decision making process.

1) Out of the box readiness

It’s obvious that choosing a tool that most suits your needs straight out of the box will always be more convenient to get set up and functioning compared to a tool that requires lots of early stage configuration. What is often less obvious during this stage of the selection process is checking to see if the product will require any additional software packages in order to operate as required and also deliver any specific requirements that the organization has. As well as this, considerations should be given and even tested as to the specific platforms the new product will support such as Windows operating systems, browser editions and mobile compatibilities.

2) Customization and flexibility

Many tools allow the flexibility to easily customize components of the product such as forms, fields, reports, workflows and permissions. The ability to customize these items is often a very important deciding factor when choosing a new ITSM product. Not having the ability to customize such areas of the product prevents you from being able to tailor the product to your organization’s needs now and in the future. Even if the product does allow for customization, consideration should be given as to how easily these changes can be made. Will it require a third party consultant or can the customizations be carried out by internal IT resource. Similarly, it’s important to check if future software updates will have any effect on both the customizations that have been made and on any third party integrations that work with the product such as remote desktop platforms.

3) On premise or hosted

For many organizations choosing a product that has the option of being hosted or being available via the cloud makes sense. Typically a hosted product requires little or no maintenance, has no additional cost in terms of hardware and can easily be accessed from anywhere using most web browsers. However, many organizations still prefer to keep such products hosted locally so that they can easily and securely access to the information that’s contained in its databases. The other advantage of having the data readily available is in a scenario of having to migrate the information to a different product at a later stage. As the data is hosted in your environment, it’s often easier to extract and move to a new database than it would be if the data resides in the cloud.

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Always listen to your heart , even though it's on the left side it is always right....

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so says the doctor and no wonder Grady health followed the advice and adapted BOSS Support Central when it needed an IT Cure!!

Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA is a leading facility for trauma care and emergency services. It now stands as one of the largest health systems in the United States.

In its mission to provide quick and efficient service, the Grady IT team adapted Support Central from BOSS for its Asset Management and Help Deskneeds .Grady has been extensively using Support Central and has been a happy customer of BOSS for the past several years, reaping significant time and cost benefits.

The Grady Health System has 5000+ IT Assets and over 10000 users who are primarily doctors, nurses, health care technicians, technician assistants and trainees. They needed a system to manage their IT assets, for license management, software version controls, remote control and much more. Their goal was to replace multiple tools they currently used for asset management with a simple easy to use flexible solution. They also needed to move away from the clunky mainframe helpdesk to a user friendly one so their 10000+ users could easily manage tickets /incidents related to their day to day operations.

To address these pain points, Sean Jablonski, Technical Support Manager, Grady Health System adapted the one stop solution from BOSS, BOSS Support Central their integrated Asset Management and Help Desk solution. On performing due diligence he found BOSS Support Central to be “very easy and flexible for any modification and customization”. Ease of use of the product was one of the winning factors in choosing the solution. Grady had been using a “mainframe help desk earlier which was very difficult to manage until they switched to Support Central”

A big time saver- “The Management console helps them resolve most of their calls without having to go on site”

Support Central is a “one stop shop to manage all assets and it eliminates the need for Multiple tools”.

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Addressing the pains of systems migrations and infrastructure changes - Part 3

Blog_part_3.pngIn part one of this series, we examined the increasing security risks faced by organizations running outdated operating systems. While many businesses still rely on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 environments, the implications of unsupported architecture can have a major impact on business operations. In part two of the series, we explored the system requirements and configurations that should be considered as you to prepare your environment for operating system migrations.

In this final installment of the series, we will delve into the best practice considerations that should be applied to assist with the smooth and successful completion of operating system migrations.

As any IT professional or service desk technician knows, with changes to an organizations IT infrastructure, be it a new phone system, a new network or in this particular case new operating systems, comes the inevitable end user issues. To be fair this needs to be expected as these users have for the last few years been using systems they are familiar with navigating on a day to day basis. Then, the introduction of the new operating system that they are expected to use, with its increased functionality and alternative interfaces that many of these users have never worked with before now.

However, before the flood gates open of helpdesk tickets from end users requiring assistance with the new operating system, a proactive stance can easily lessen the burden on your IT department by providing training on the new systems before the upgrade. Often the simplest approach leading up to the new software roll out is to schedule a series of dedicated training sessions that are conducted by the IT team, where end users can learn about the new operating system and become familiar navigating the new interface of the product. Coordinating such training sessions in conjunction with your HR department will also assist in staff participation and reinforce the importance of the training.

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Addressing the pains of systems migrations and infrastructure changes - Part 2

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In part one of this blog series, we looked at the security risks faced by organizations running outdated operating systems. While many businesses still rely on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 environments, the implications of unsupported architecture can have a major impact on business operations.

In this part of the series, we will explore the system requirements and configurations that should be considered as you to prepare your environment for operating system migrations.

More often than not, when IT departments are conducting large operating system migrations or the roll out of new a new OS, the hardware requirements of the new software can be easily overlooked. This common oversight can lead to failure with installations of the new operating systems and result in disruption to business continuity. Poorly planned migrations often leave IT support technicians scrambling to resolve the system failures while end users are left without functioning machines. These impacts to productivity trigger a domino effect as IT gets inundated with incoming support issues from frustrated end users and critical departments such as accounting, finance or production facilities.

 

Not exactly the most efficient way of accomplishing the new operating system roll out or making friends! Additionally, who's going to take the flak when management starts asking some rather difficult questions?

So how do we prevent this situation - or more realistically - reduce the number of failures when conducting OS upgrades on a large scale? While some obstacles should be expected when migrating complex environments, appropriate planning can significantly reduce downtime and unnecessary stress on resources.

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