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Gamification: How Will it Help My IT Service Desk?

Posted by InvGate on September 4, 2019 at 3:09 PM
Keeping your IT service desk analysts motivated can sometimes be a difficult job. Between the negativity of end-user complaints, the stream of incoming incidents, and the monotony of some service desk tasks, staff demotivation is not uncommon. Don’t worry though, gamification – which essentially consists of merging game mechanics and work – can help you to keep staff motivation levels up.   So, if you feel that your IT service desk analysts are demotivated (or heading that way), unhappy, or simply bored at work, then gamification could be just what you need to inject a bit of enjoyment and fun into their working day. Please read on to find out more.
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Topics: Gamification, Service Desk

ITSM 101: 3 Big Benefits of a Quality Service Catalog

Posted by InvGate on July 31, 2019 at 10:44 AM
A service catalog is a great asset for any IT organization that offers multiple products and services to its end users. It acts as a one-stop-shop – where users can see the services on offer to them and discover any information they might need in relation to those services. For instance, a full description of what the service offers, how to request access, and delivery timelines.
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Topics: Service Desk, Service Catalog

10 Tips for Managing Underperforming Service Desk Analysts

Posted by InvGate on July 17, 2019 at 9:01 AM
Dealing with underperforming employees is tough. No matter how many courses you attend, books you read, or years of experience you have, we think one of the hardest service desk manager tasks is supporting underachieving analysts while maintaining team morale. To help, here are ten tips for managing an underperforming service desk analyst.
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Topics: Service Desk

ITSM 101: What’s Self-Service and Why Do You Need It?

Posted by InvGate on July 10, 2019 at 1:25 PM
Technology is upping the pace of work and increasing the rate of change – yes, it’s making our lives easier but at the same time it’s putting some crazy pressures on support teams who are striving to meet customer needs and business demands. IT self-service capabilities exist to help here, along with the ability to reduce costs, empower customers, and increase staff productivity.
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Topics: Service Desk, Self-service

10 Tips for Creating Better Knowledge Articles

Posted by InvGate on May 15, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Knowledge management is definitely one of the most underappreciated practices in IT service management (ITSM). Done well, it can upskill your IT service desk, build better relationships between support teams, and ultimately increase customer satisfaction (CSAT). If you want to get better at knowledge sharing in your organization, then here are ten tips for creating better knowledge articles. If you’re looking for tips for better knowledge management as a whole, then see this article here instead.
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Topics: Service Desk, knowledge base, knowledge management

4 Important Things to Consider When Creating an ITSM SLA

Posted by InvGate on April 25, 2019 at 9:12 AM
Service level agreements (SLAs), if used correctly, can be one of the most important documents in a service-oriented organization. Done well, they communicate what’s expected of all parties and can go a long way to improving the relationships between the business and its IT organization. Some would even argue that good IT service management (ITSM) is built on a bedrock of SLAs (as well as continual improvement). Here are four tips for building more-effective SLAs.  
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Topics: SLAs, Service Desk, Service level agreements

10 Tips for Succeeding with Continual (Service) Improvement

Posted by InvGate on April 3, 2019 at 11:50 AM
So, you’ve finally remembered the fifth of the ITIL v3 IT service management (ITSM) books – Continual Service Improvement (CSI) and you’re wondering how best to employ this best practice. Although you might have also read the new ITIL 4 Foundation book and noticed that CSI is now simply “continual improvement” - I think we’ll be calling it CSI for quite a while yet though. Especially as the CI acronym is already taken by configuration item. Alternatively, you might have already set a CSI capability up within your organization but are struggling to see any positive returns. Either way, this blog is for you as we share 10 tips for succeeding with CSI (or continual improvement if you’ve already moved on to ITIL 4!)..
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Topics: Service Desk, CSI, Continual service improvement

10 Tips for Knowledge Management Success

Posted by InvGate on March 20, 2019 at 1:25 PM
How long has your IT organization been struggling with knowledge management (or knowledge sharing)? If it seems like a never-ending sequence of knowledge-related initiatives to resurrect a knowledge base that no one seems to want to use, then maybe it’s time to take a step back to understand some of the things organizations that succeed with knowledge management do differently. So, here’s our 10 tips for knowledge management success based on those organizations.
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Topics: Service Desk, knowledge base, knowledge management

New: InvGate Service Desk Zapier Integration

Posted by Sabrina Pagnotta on March 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM
We continue to expand the range of InvGate Service Desk features because we want to keep making your life at work easier. Today we’re pleased to tell you that as of version 5.7.14.0, we’ve made available a Zapier integration. This is a web service that facilitates the interaction of your help desk with more than a thousand apps!
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Topics: Service Desk, IT Service Desk, InvGate Service, InvGate Service Desk

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