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.
Elections 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 pe
nding requests beyond SLA, email notifications, and dashboard reporting.
Forsyth County, with the help of BOSS Solutions, has implemented a cloud based 811 ticketing solution to replace a costly web-based service for managing utility service marking/location requests.
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.
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.
In 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 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.
One of the most daunting, challenging and time consuming projects for IT teams is the upgrade and roll out of a new operating system. Migrations drain resources and can be disruptive to business operations if not planned for in advance. That said, in today’s landscape of increasing security risks, it’s imperative that IT teams respond to these updates in a timely manner in order to prevent introducing unnecessary risk to corporate assets.
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 Desk needs .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.
Whenever a workstation had a problem in one of AdCare's facilities, one of three IT people would have to travel to the site to resolve the issue, says Carol Groeber, Vice President Management Information Services and Corporate Secretary. With such a small staff, the ability to control workstations remotely became very important. Says Groeber, “When there was someone out of the office all the time, it really made it difficult. We needed the ability to assist our people more quickly and more than one person was needed to be able to help.”
Although AdCare did not have any money specifically set aside for an asset management tool, it did not take Groeber much to convince management of the need. "The problem got so large in the middle of the year that it was like “Find something!” says Groeber.
At that time, she received a serendipitous call from Suri Anantharama of BOSS. “He called and gave me the Web site (www.boss-solutions.com) and ,"I just went out and looked around. He provided some of their current clients to look at and to talk with. It just was a good fit,” says Groeber. She did look at and reviewed many other vendors but “BOSS was far ahead regarding features offered for the price,” says Groeber. “I thought the price was very reasonable. I had expected it to be a lot more.”
“Because we are a publicly traded company, we have to meet SOX compliance,” says Groeber. And when the company did its initial SOX audit,the use of BOSS Support Central for reporting and to control the deployment of applications to workstations “showed that we were incompliance.”
The impact was greatest for those employees who were recording data into workstations for patient records. “When they had issues, we were able to respond to them quicker to keep them going.”
Groeber likes the level of support she gets from BOSS: “I think the support from BOSS is a big strength; whenever we have any questions, they are always there.”