IT Help Desk Wows End Users With Powerful Service Catalog

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Beaufort Memorial, a not-for-profit hospital founded in 1944 is an acute care
hospital, a regional referral center and the largest medical facility between
Savannah, GA and Charleston SC. The Hospital has a 200 Bed Acute Care Facility Specializing in Orthopedic Surgery, a Large, active Emergency Room seeing 54,000 visits a year and 1,400 Employees spread across the main hospital campus and 13 satellite clinics.

Earlier the hospital work force had to enter work orders into two different
applications, one for IT services and other system for plant services which
required too many clicks and was a huge cause of user dissatisfaction. The new
hospital leadership wanted to create a solution that would improve service
delivery and user satisfaction for departments across the organization.
The BOSS Support Central On Premise ITSM solution they used for IT Help Desk was upgraded to provide a Service Catalog and ticket management solution for the entire organization. In a very short period of time and to the delight of the users and management, the new BOSS Support Central could be used to provide a wide range of services for departments including Plant Services, Bio Medical, Nursing,Pharmacy, Security, and HR.

The workforce was super impressed with the ease with which they could enter and track issues."Willard Fosberry, Director of IT Infrastructure at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

View the webinar with Willard to learn more.

 

It became apparent that BOSS Support Central Service Catalog combined with
the automation provided by the routing engine could address all the service
requirements of the various departments at the hospital.

Benefits to the Hospital:
 One application, published on the Beaufort Hospital web page, provides
a “one stop shop” for all work requests.
 A new graphical interface that allows users to quickly browse and use
the interface.
 Took far fewer clicks to get a ticket submitted.
 The new Service Catalog was able to provide service solution options for
many departments including Plant Services, Bio Medical, Nursing,
Pharmacy, Security, and HR.
 Better tracking and a shared visibility into the work order life cycle.
The deployment of the new BOSS Support Central received instant positive
feedback from the management team and the workforce was super impressed
with the ease with which they could enter and track issues.

The Hospital has these future goals in mind on how to extend the use of BOSS Support Central even further.
 Take advantage of the BOSS Support Central Asset Management
capability to track assets

 Incorporate Preventative Maintenance and other scheduled services
into the system
 Take advantage of the BOSS Support Central Mobile application to be
used as a mobile work order tool.
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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TeamViewer Remote Control Functionality Integrated with the BOSS Solutions Suite

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BOSS Solutions now offers TeamViewer®, integration for its ITSM suite. TeamViewer remote control functionality is now integrated into BOSSDesk Cloud-based IT Service Management and BOSS Support Central for On-Premise IT Service Management. 

BOSSDesk and BOSS Support Central administrators can now accurately and quickly troubleshoot IT issues and remotely support end users. This integration will empower admins to troubleshoot issues quickly, increase first call resolution, reduce ticket volume, and overall support end users more efficiently. 

This is an integration that seamlessly enhances an already strong set of ITSM capabilities provided by BOSSDesk and BOSS Support Central. The addition of TeamViewer's remote control functionality results in several new capabilities such as :

  • The ability to create and join a support session directly from a service record
  • Remotely perform file transfers, view system information and monitor hardware performance including CPU utilization, RAM usage, and device storage information.
  • View and manage TeamViewer session reports

There are several ways customers can benefit from this integration.With TeamViewer integration, BOSS Solutions customers can easily create service cases and provide remote support right from within their familiar IT service records console. They can trouble shoot issues quickly and efficiently. Remote control helps increase the efficiency of service desks and can significantly improve customer satisfaction.

One of the first BOSS customers to benefit from this integration was The City of Delray Beach in Florida. The City has a large, dispersed and diverse IT infrastructure that has to perform 24/7 to support 70000 residents. The City is already reaping the benefits of the integration as they can now resolve issues quickly. This has resulted in increased productivity and end user satisfaction.

 To learn more about the integration click here 

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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

 

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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BOSS Solutions Customer Experience Video

Listen to BOSS Solutions customers describe THE VALUE QUOTIENT in their own words!

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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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