Using your Modern Help Desk for Enhanced Service Delivery

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) uses their IT Help Desk to Improve Service Delivery 

 

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Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College(ABAC) uses their IT Help Desk software to provide and manage a wide range of services for the college. ABAC is part of the 26 member University System of Georgia and supports more than 4000 students from 155 counties. Located in Tifton Georgia, it also supports four other sites for instructional purposes.

ABAC was looking for a modern Service Desk to meet their present day needs. They wanted to move away from their On Premise Help Desk solution as it had severe limitations one of which was that it could be accessed only when they were on campus.This did not work well for remote users and the students. As part of their search , they tried a couple of different products that met their basic needs but were clunky and provided a bad user experience. End users did not like putting in tickets as the system was not user friendly. A major requirement was to find a solution that was user friendly so everyone could put in a ticket at any site or any location that they supported and would also be easy for students to use. They then did a proof of concept of BOSSDesk the cloud based ITSM solution and it turned out to be a great solution for their environment.

Starting with the Single sign on and easy login to the customizable dashboards, BOSSDesk is a winner. The dashboard was very easy to configure with customizable widgets like tickets, problems , changes, software contracts, approvals and so on with all information available at your fingertips. Every user could customize the dashboard the way they wanted it . It turned out to be very useful for management in making business decisions.

Allen Saylor, CTO & CISO at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College shares his thoughts on how BOSSDesk benefits them. According to him, one of the major benefits for the college is the Service Catalog and the easy to create forms. Depending on the type of user you can control who sees what form and you can set permissions based on roles. Students have access to certain forms that they use. The forms can be built with relevant fields based on the info needed and this has been of great benefit as the earlier solutions they used had one form with standard fields and users did not like it. the whole layout is neat and clean. and building a form is very easy.

Allen loves the solution and had this to share on why he thinks he made a wise decision. "BOSS listens to the customer and comes up with new solutions to make the process easy. Routing and reports is a plus. We had four other help desk tools earlier and either they had one form and you had to pay the company to build an extra form or in another solution you had to go to three different screens to complete building one form. BOSSDesk service catalog is a simple drag and drop. Easy to set up fields, route on them and add drop downs. It allowed us to grow and add service catalogs as needed. It was so easy and end users loved it so much that we expanded it to additional teams like Digital Media services. We gave them permissions to design the forms the way they wanted. It made the team very efficient. We use it for Employee Onboarding. Other cool features we love are the canned responses where we can send messages to everyone. You can add a task and assign people to complete the task. The Approval boards make things very efficient. You just type in the user you need approval from. You have a log of all events for your records. There are tons of different things the solution can do. That's something we really enjoyed and we are learning more."

Allen is all praise for BOSSDesk. In his words," It is a blessing to have a tool that works really really well for us. Fantastic tool that helped our department grow and helped other departments as well in our organization. If I had to do it all over again I would have found BOSSDesk sooner before trying other products. I looked at one other  product while looking for a solution and made a mistake  and  picked the other product that cost me money and time. I wish I had done some more research. I lost two good techs because of the other product and wasted a lot of money and time. I would have picked this one first."

View the webinar with Allen Saylor:

Allen Saylor, CTO & CISO at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College discusses on how this was accomplished and shows examples of services offered.

 

You will learn how:

  • An IT Help Desk can be used to provide and manage a wide range of services including HR on-boarding, digital media, digital signage, website changes, student help, and much more.
  • Easily service requests can be automated and built quickly to address client requirements - no coding skills needed - all drag & drop
  • Reports and Dashboards with configurable widgets provide immediate metrics for the management team.
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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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