Why Service Request Management (SRM) Matters

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Service Request Management (SRM) - Why IT Matters

A laptop computer - by itself - provides little value.

Think about it.  At the risk of stating the obvious, without an operating system, productivity software, network connectivity, anti-virus and security software, web browser, user account, and other enablers, a laptop computer is little more than an expensive paper-weight.

But let’s take this one step further.

Unless you are purchasing a laptop computer for your personal use, you likely aren’t thinking of all of the various individual enablers that might be needed to make the use of that laptop valuable to you when making a service request.  All you have to do is register a service request with your service provider and ask for a laptop computer.  As part of fulfilling that request, all of the needed enablers are included.  

This above scenario is a simple, but great illustration of why Service Request Management (SRM) matters.  SRM is all about delivering products and performing service actions that enable service consumers to get things done.

Why is good Service Request Management so important?

Service Request Management is one of the most visible service management practices within an organization.  And whether the SRM practice is formally defined or not, every organization is practicing SRM.  The question is “how well is SRM being done?”

Done well, SRM is a “satisfier” and drives positive user and employee experiences.  Improves efficiency and efficacy, 

Done poorly, SRM is a source of cost-overruns, unmet expectations, needless bureaucracy, and damaged reputations.

Yet, in many organizations, SRM is taken for granted

Seven good reasons why good SRM matters

In many organizations, SRM could be considered the “store front” for a service provider. Many organizations develop self-service portals that are inviting, well-organized, and simple to use. But good SRM is much more than just a self-service portal.  

SRM provides a standard, consistent channel through which service consumers and service providers interact. The SRM practice provides a means for accessing and realizing value for both service consumers and service providers.

Here are seven good reasons why good SRM matters:

  • Captures and measures the demand for IT products and services.  Is IT providing the right kind of products, support, and service actions at the right levels and at the right times?  What are the trends in service requests?  Are there opportunities for improvement? Good SRM provides the means for finding the answers to these questions and more.
  • Provides the key pillar for automation.  Many organizations would like to automate routine actions, but often fall short because of a lack of understanding what needs to be automated in the first place.  Simply put, you can’t automate what you don’t understand.  Defining request models – the repeatable and consistent steps involved in fulfilling service requests – is a critical first step for enabling automation and orchestration of service requests.  
  • Provides the operational fulfillment of organizational strategy.   Senior management defines the strategy and the budget for the use of technology within the organization. This strategy then becomes the basis for the design of services and the associated service actions and products for consuming those services.  It is the SRM that provides the tangible, day-to-day means for delivering those products and service actions by which the organization realizes achievement of its business strategy.  
  • Enables positive user and employee experiences.  When users can easily and effectively request and receive the products and service actions that they need to do their jobs, that leads to positive user (UX) and employee experiences (EX).  
  • Sets good expectations – and then delivers on those expectations.  Often the source of frustration for both service consumers and service providers is that sometimes neither party is clear in regards to what they should expect when it come to service requests.  Good SRM practices clearly articulate and publicize what both the service consumer and service provider should expect with every service request. 
  • Provides the ability to demonstrate adherence to or compliance with policies.  By using the standard products and service actions delivered by the SRM practice, consumers within an organization can be assured that they will be following applicable organizational policies.  So, whether it’s a password reset, delivery of a new smartphone or laptop, or any other request, the products and service actions delivered as part of the SRM practice are designed to comply with organizational policies. 
  • Provides the basis for effective self-service.  Most service requests are well-known and occur frequently.  These kinds of service requests are ideal candidates for requesting and fulfilling via self-service – and it delivers a win-win.  Not only are consumers empowered to work at their own pace and schedule, but the service provider is also freed up to spend more time and resources on more complex issues or work on other business initiatives. 
     
    Used right your ITIL Service Desk can really simplify Service Request Management

Does your Service Request Management matter?

Service Request Management (SRM), done well, makes a huge positive impact on organizations.  But if SRM isn’t making a difference in your organization, here are three things to do. 

  • Talk to stakeholders.  The people interacting with SRM – both from the provider and consumer perspectives – are the best source of information for how SRM can be improved.  What is their experience with SRM?  Where does friction exist within SRM?  Are there any bottlenecks or gaps that providers or consumers are having to work through? 
  • Take a look at service requests from the “outside in” perspective.  Often, service providers design SRM practices from the “inside out” – only considering what is required for the provider to capture and fulfill requests.  Start with the most frequently-occurring requests from the perspective of the requester – and ensure that they are intuitive to use and reflective of the work that needs to be done.
  • Review your SRM measures – Are you measuring the parameters that indicate that SRM matters?  Yes, there are the foundational SRM measures common to all organizations (time to fulfil, number of requests, etc.), but are you measuring (and publicizing) the parameters that make SRM matter to your organization?  For example, are you capturing the measures that indicate realization of organizational strategy, policy compliance, or positive UX/EX?  

    BOSSDesk provides a great user experience making it very easy for users to manage Service Requests


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About Doug Tedder: Doug Tedder is the principal consultant of Tedder Consulting LLC, a service management and IT governance consultancy. He is a recognized ITSM thought leader and holds numerous industry certifications ranging from ITIL®, COBIT®, Lean IT, DevOps, KCS™, VeriSM™, and Organizational Change Management. Doug is an author, blogger, and frequent speaker at local industry meetings and national conventions.  

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How a Modern Service Desk  Dramatically Improves Efficiency and User Satisfaction

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Deerfield Beach is a city in Broward County, Florida, just south of the Palm Beach County line. With a year-round population of over 50,000 the City of Deerfield Beach provides customer-oriented services, which create a quality of life that encourages residents and employers to enjoy South Florida and prosper in an ever-growing international economy.

The City of Deerfield Beach wanted to consolidate several older products with a modern Service Desk solution. They were looking to build a powerful Service Catalog that addressed specific departmental needs, improved efficiency and was more responsive to their user community. The City was also looking for a solution with an integrated Asset Management capability and support for other ITIL processes such as Change Management.

They came upon BOSSDesk an ITSM solution on the Cloud that perfectly fit their needs with the integrated service desk capability and incorporated a powerful Service Catalog and an award winning user-friendly interface. The City was impressed with support they received from the BOSS Solutions team during the selection and implementation process and were impressed by how easily the Service Catalog could be created to meet departmental needs. The City has seen dramatically improved efficiency and faster resolution resulting in improved user satisfaction.

 “The Service Catalog and workflow capability of BOSSDesk is excellent”. Ron McKenzie – CIO at the City of Deerfield Beach 

 

Deerfield Beach Service Catalog

 

 With BOSSDesk, the City of Deerfield Beach created an integrated Service Desk that addressed the various departmental needs, improved user satisfaction, while dramatically improving efficiency in several areas:

Information Technology: New hardware, software and support requests are managed, priority can be specified and response times improved. The ability to track and monitor incidents separately from requests provides the City far better controls to improve resolution time and efficiency. The ability to close multiple tickets associated with a specific problem was considered monumental in improving efficiency.

ITIL Best Practices: Using BOSSDesk the City was able to implement ITIL processes that included creating a CMDB, achieving better inventory control, implementing a knowledge base and a change management process.

Integrated Asset Management: With BOSSDesk the City is able to track in real time all inventory on the network. The software allows all devices to be identified via bar codes, can keep track of all software contract renewals and provide all details regarding the software vendors

Human Resources (HR) Onboarding: BOSSDesk enables the City to order and track all the service and equipment needed to support new employees. Workflows create tasks and required approvals to ensure the onboarding process is timely and efficient.

Public Affairs and Marketing: Users can make requests to post announcements on social media or through press releases, propose changes and additions to the website, and request videos.

The City of Deerfield Beach was also very impressed with how open the BOSS team was to new product enhancement requests and the speed at which these requests were implemented. Ron and his team members are pleased with the capabilities of BOSSDesk and how well it meets their specific needs.

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Expanding the IT Help Desk to Streamline the Business

 

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AAA North East achieved Simplicity, Standardization and Improved Member Satisfaction by implementing BOSSDesk ITSM on the Cloud.

AAA Northeast serves 5.8 Million members in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. The company has 3,300 employees, 7 Call Centers, 16 Driving Schools, 11 Fleet locations, 65 branch locations, and more than 165 Support Technicians.

AAA Northeast searched for a Help Desk solution that in addition to managing IT service requests, could also be expanded to support other business lines such as Automotive Services, Driving Schools and other internal departments including Human Resources and Facilities. To ensure that the company provided the best service for members any solution had to be very simple for users and could be standardized across the business lines.

BOSSDesk was selected because of the integrated service desk capability and a Service Catalog with an award winning user-friendly interface. It has been successfully implemented across many business lines and internal departments and using the BOSSDesk API, integrated with other systems such as SharePoint. With BOSSDesk, AAA Northeast has seen significant time reduction and improved efficiency combined with faster responses and faster resolution resulting in improved member satisfaction.

In collaboration with BOSS we were able to expand the Help Desk internally and streamlined operations in the business lines.” David Coté - IT Project Manager at AAA Northeast

Watch the webinar with David to learn more

 

Utilizing BOSSDesk, AAA Northeast created a Service Catalog that addresses the service management requirements of the following business lines and internal departments:

Streamlining operations using BOSSDesk: 

Information Technology. New hardware, software and support requests are managed, priority can be specified and response times tracked against Service Level Agreements. Equipment approvals can now be easily administered and tracked

Human Resources Onboarding. BOSSDesk enables the company to order and track all the service and equipment needed to support new employees. Tasks and approvals are generated to ensure the onboarding process is as effective as possible.

Automotive Services. Through collaboration with the Automotive Services business line, BOSSDesk automates the work flow of the Automotive Technology, Auto Facilities Feedback Portal and the Independent Service Provider Application process

Driving School. BOSSDesk keeps track of processes for inquires and requests for refunds and adjustments.

Facilities. BOSSDesk is used to submit and track various requests for facilities such as building services, landscaping, maintenance and cleaning.

Workforce Management BOSSDesk effectively controls requests for off phone activities, schedule changes and manager overrides.

Change Management. AAA significantly enhanced the change management process by integrating BOSSDesk with SharePoint via an API. More departments are being added to the service catalog and other services expanded and enhanced.

Please visit www.boss-solutions.com to learn more about BOSSDesk ITSM on the Cloud and BOSS Support Central ITSM On Premise

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Taking Service Management Beyond the Help Desk in Education

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Lexington County School District One Utilizes BOSSDesk to Extend Service Delivery.

Lexington County School District One is among the fastest–growing school
districts in South Carolina, ranking sixth in total enrollment, with more than
26,800 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 and more than 4,500 staff
in 30 schools. The school district is one of the Lexington County’s major
employers.
The school district was looking for a ticketing system that would be able to
support their growing infrastructure needs. They needed to replace a legacy
home grown Help Desk System that was no longer supportable with a robust
system with a simple and easy to use interface. It needed to be intuitive,
scalable as well as support other department needs within the school system.


The school district replaced their legacy system with BOSSDesk and used the
system both to support standard IT Service requests and to support other
departments such as food services and maintenance that were previously not
handled by IT. The new Service Catalog supports their various service
categories and handles over 30,000 service requests. The solution was
deployed very quickly and has been regarded as a great success.

Teachers and students found BOSSDesk to be very simple and
easy to use which resulted in a very successful implementation.
Ben Sellers,Senior Systems Analyst, Lexington County School District One

 

View the webinar recording of the implementation to learn how to take ITSM Beyond IT.

 

 

Tips for a Successful Implementation
Ben Sellers, Senior Systems Analyst at Lexington County School District One, the person who spearheaded the implementation had some very useful tips on how to win user adoption and also get the buy-in from other departments.

Here are some of his suggestions:
 Keep it Simple, especially on the “front end” if you want users to adopt
the system.
 Spend time on Routing Rule Configuration - understand where your
tickets are going to so that you don’t end up with large number of
unassigned tickets.
 Other groups outside IT may not use the system the way as IT – adapt
the system to address their needs and issues.
 Spend time on Knowledge Base - The more self-service you can provide
agents and end users, the better.

 Do the legwork on service catalog setup.
 Use the watcher feature on important requests - allows managers to
stay in the loop on important ticket requests.
 Encourage Use. At meetings, make presentations on how easy it is to
submit tickets. Place links to Portal in email signatures.
 Communicate through the ticket, not through email so that users will
acclimate to responding through the system.
 Data can be imported from legacy system for historical reporting.

Please visit www.boss-solutions.com to learn more about BOSSDesk ITSM on the Cloud and BOSS Support Central ITSM On Premise

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How Integrated Service Management can Improve Client Service

The global consulting company Pink Elephant has determined that 2018 is the “Year of Integrated Service Management” and highlighted the opportunity for real synergy between best practices, well configured tools and properly organized and motivated people. BOSS Solutions agrees with this direction. Our company specializes in integrated service management solutions, incorporates best practices, and provides customers the best level of support to achieve business value.

Forward thinking IT organizations have adopted this strategy to provide their clients with an exceptional level of service and process improvements. If your IT organization is struggling with fragmented insights, silos of automation or broken processes , Integrated Service Management solutions can help address these issues across the entire organization.

 

 BOSSDesk Integrated Service Management

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One way that this can be easily accomplished is by creating service catalogs that are integrated with other system resources. Services and requests can be automated and offered selectively from a single portal and no coding skills are needed to construct workflows; be they simple or complex. Service Catalogs can be integrated with routing rules, calendars, schedulers and other available resources to provide users with improved workflows.  

Many IT organizations provide their client departments with process improvements across a wide range of applications from providing Onboarding applications for Human Resources to simplifying Equipment Return requests for Operations, and scheduling Facility Requests for Public Service departments. These enhancements have generated proven results for the client organizations by reducing the time and cost of delivering services while greatly improving the user experience.

BOSS Solutions offers such integrated service management capability with BOSSDesk an ITIL Service Desk on the cloud. 

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Announcing General Availability of the New BOSS Support Central

Following a comprehensive Beta Trial program BOSS Solutions announced the General Availability of the new BOSS Support Central which takes on-premise IT Service Management to a new level and allows organizations to manage, track and keep control of their IT environment. The product is designed to ITIL standards, incorporates advanced capabilities, has an award winning user-friendly interface, and is closely aligned with BOSSDesk the company’s Service Desk on the cloud.BOSS Support Central graphic in Blog.png

The product has undergone a major upgrade to incorporate the latest technologies and major capabilities include advanced Help Desk Ticket Management and complete Asset Management capability. Reporting capabilities include a comprehensive array of standard reports and charts. The self-service web portal is easy to use and when combined with the Knowledge Base and Custom Forms can significantly improve efficiency of IT service delivery. Customizable widgets allow Dashboards to be modified to meet the need of all technicians using the system, and Mobile apps for iOS and Android allow for remote access.

 

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BOSS Solutions Named as Top 20 Most User-Friendly Help Desk System by Capterra

BOSS Solutions is excited to announce that we have been named as a Top 20 Most User-Friendly Help Desk by Capterra, an affiliate of Gartner. The report provides a look at the most user-friendly help desk systems based on their usability, customer services provided, and customer reviews View Report .

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Earlier in the year Capterra also named BOSS Solutions as a Top 20 Most Affordable ITSM Software provider.

Help Desk /Service Desk ITSM software is a must for any IT team handling service requests for an organization. The requests may range from simple ones like resetting passwords to managing critical issues like major server outages that may end up paralyzing the operations.

The Help Desk evaluation was scored on the following criteria and BOSS Solutions scored in the top group in every category.

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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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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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