City of Boca Raton implements BOSSDesk for Efficient Onboarding and Improved Service Delivery

BOSSDesk Service CatalogThe City of Boca Raton is the southernmost city in Palm Beach County, Florida. With an estimated population of 98,150, it is one of the wealthiest communities in South Florida. There are more than 2,000 full-time and part-time employees that provide various services through seven departments. 

The City was looking to replace its ticketing system to make Employee Onboarding  and other processes for handling service requests across all departments highly efficient. The on-boarding process consisted of numerous steps requiring the creation of multiple tickets per new employee and technicians would have to create tickets for other IT staff members to perform their tasks. Many processes were manual and needed to be automated.

The City of Boca Raton replaced its ageing ticketing and asset management solution with BOSSDesk Service Management on the Cloud to get a better handle on their assets and also to improve their service delivery. They automated their complex employee Onboarding with workflows and approvals using the BOSSDesk Service Catalog. They also used the Service Catalog for handling service requests for all other departments.

Click below to view a webinar recording of the City of Boca Raton implementation

Webinar – IT Service Catalog – Process Improvements for Onboarding and more

 

The implementation process started with a detailed analysis of the current On Boarding processes to understand what applications were used, who installed, supported, created user accounts and assigned permissions to these applications. The role of Human Resources and the Hiring Manager was clearly defined as well as the permissions required for requesting hardware and software for new employees. Service requests would be generated by both HR and the hiring manager and some manual steps would need to be automated to improve efficiency.

End users were initially nervous about the change. Once they attended the BOSSDesk training they started using it the same day as it was very easy to use" says Frank Santiago - IT Operations Manager, City of Boca Raton

He shares some of the crucial details of the implementation and what was involved in getting it up and running:

"I developed a list of the applications we supported, and the different locations we supported.Then I developed a list of who installed, supported, and created accounts/permissions for those applications.  Once that process was complete, I began creating the Teams. During this process, it was quite clear that the most complex process was the On Boarding process.This process involved many people, in and outside of IT. 

The one important element I needed to consider when creating these tasks was the order in which the tasks were created.  I wanted to be able to allow the technicians to “at a glance” see if the prerequisite tasks had been completed.  Therefore, you need to be cognizant of the order of your routing rules.  

I limited visibility of the New Employee Request form to the HR Division to prevent others from being able to make requests for new employees.

For other departments like the Police, the requirements are different, so I created a New Employee Request form for Police.  However, I did incorporate the software portion on that Service Catalog Item as the requester from Police Services would know what software the new employee would require.  Again, I limited visibility of this Service Catalog Item to Police by the use of Active Directory Groups" 

 

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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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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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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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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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ROD SMITH –SPALDING COUNTY SCHOOLS, GA talks about the benefits of BOSS Support Central  and how it comes in handy for even the last minute deployments. He also loves the fact that BOSS as a company is helpful in many other ways like the Active Directory Migration, Disaster Recovery, etc.

“BOSS ASSIST and Support Central, we use both products and they’ve been very beneficial……BOSS as a company has been instrumental in helping us develop our Active Directory environment…”

RICK YOUNG – FORSYTH COUNTY, GA talks about the extension of BOSS Support Central to county departments.

“We also use it in our PUBLIC FACILITIES DEPARTMENT for raising help tickets in building maintenance, lighting, electricity…”

CLIFTON FOSTER – CITY OF NEWNAN, GA shares insights about the various features of Support Central like the REMOTE DESKTOP, HELP DESK and REPORTING.

“We use BOSS Support Central and the most used feature is the remote desktop. I like the way it puts all the computers together in one location….”.

ALAN LESSIN – HOOTERS, GA is excited about the tools that DIAGWIN provides to help him manage his assets at various locations all over the country.

“I’m able to keep a good inventory of my assets. I have currently 1500 assets all over the country….Access to these assets is very simple and I can train my new Help Desk technician in a matter of minutes with the BOSS software….”

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