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10 Tips for IT Service Desk Success in 2019

Posted by InvGate on January 16, 2019 at 3:24 PM
 So, you want to set in motion a number of improvement activities that will help to take your IT service desk forward in 2019 – but what should you do? It’s easy to think that a new IT service management (ITSM) tool is the answer, but before you run to do this (and you might be surprised that we’re saying this) there are other things to consider first. Here are our 10 tips for achieving greater IT service desk success in 2019.
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Topics: IT Service Desk, Service Desk

3 Key 2019 Trends for the IT Service Desk

Posted by Stephen Mann on January 9, 2019 at 10:02 AM
How’s your IT service desk faring? Hopefully it’s meeting all the agreed service level agreement (SLA) targets, your end users and customers are happy, and so are your service desk agents. Or maybe they’re not and you need to improve your operations, performance, and the perceptions that people have of the delivered IT support capabilities. Looking forward to IT support in 2019, the people who agreed with the former – that everything is great with their IT support capabilities – will still, in many ways, have the same challenges and opportunities as those who agreed with the latter. Odd, I know – with the key difference being that they might be better positioned to address them.
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Topics: Service Desk, IT Service Desk, Employee Experience, AI, Artificial Intelligence

How We Took ITSM and ITAM Forward in 2018

Posted by Sabrina Pagnotta on December 12, 2018 at 1:46 PM
We finish 2018 with excitement over all the new features we delivered. Thanks to the support of our growing customer base, we’ve had a highly successful year at InvGate HQ – we’ve launched a new product in line with customer feedback, you helped our software to arrive in new countries, we opened an office in Mexico, and all our internal teams expanded to keep up with customer-demand. Product wise, the last 12 months were pretty intense, which is exactly how we like it - you’ve got to work hard to keep customers satisfied and remain a top player! So yes, lots of things happened in 2018 and so the purpose of this blog is simply to provide a recap on all the major launches, updates, and feature releases we had (you know… in case you missed it!).
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Topics: Service Desk, Product News, Product Release

5 IT Service Desk Reporting Tips (+ 5 Top Metrics to Consider)

Posted by InvGate on November 28, 2018 at 9:55 AM
IT service desk reporting is an essential IT service management (ITSM) practice, which can help to identify troublesome processes, training requirements, customer satisfaction, and more. Most IT service desk managers understand this and make the time for reporting, but often the reports produced aren't as effective as they could be. So, if you’re spending significant time creating performance reports that aren’t being read or acted upon by your department, then it would be wise to look at what your reports contain and how the important messages are delivered. Ultimately, do they hit the mark – and help the reader – or do they sadly hinder more than they help?
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Topics: ITSM, Service Desk, KPIs, Business Analytics, Analytics

4 Ways to Improve Your IT Service Desk Agents' Performance

Posted by InvGate on October 31, 2018 at 12:41 PM
These days, most IT service desks are facing the pressures associated with the need for “doing more with less.” And if you want/need to tackle a growing ticket workload while still delivering an exceptional customer experience then, as well as introducing productivity enhancing capabilities such as automation and self-service, you will need your IT service desk agents to be on top of their game.
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Topics: Service Desk, IT service management

10 Tips for Getting Started with Business Relationship Management

Posted by InvGate on October 17, 2018 at 2:38 PM
Is your organization thinking about introducing a business relationship management (BRM) function and role(s)? If so, you might be surprised to know that it’s not that new for IT service management (ITSM), with both ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000 (the international standard for ITSM) introducing the BRM role and process back in 2011. This recognized the changing role of IT service delivery and support organizations and the need for a “mechanism” that brings together the wants/needs, capabilities, and expectations of IT service consumers and providers.
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Topics: BRM, Business Relationship Management, Service Desk

ITSM 101: 5 More Ways People Misuse ITIL

Posted by Stuart Rance on October 10, 2018 at 9:37 AM
In my last ITSM 101 blog, I wrote about five ways people commonly misunderstand and misuse ITIL. From overly focusing on the processes, through expecting a new IT service management (ITSM) tool to fix everything, to running large projects (or programs) that take too long to start to deliver value. In this blog, I offer up five more common ITIL mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.
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Topics: ITSM, ITIL, Service Desk

ITSM 101: 5 Ways People Misuse ITIL

Posted by Stuart Rance on October 3, 2018 at 9:09 AM
If you follow Twitter and read blogs about IT service management (ITSM), as I do, you will probably have read lots of complaints about ITIL. And yet most of the IT organizations that I work with use it as the basis for how they run IT, and it seems to work very well for them. So why are there so many complaints? Well, when I read the complaints, they almost always seem to be based on a distorted view of what ITIL is, or what it says you should do. So, before you complain too, think about my first five examples of ways that people misuse or misconstrue ITIL.
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Topics: ITSM, ITIL, Service Desk, Request Management, enterprise service management

10 Tips for Improving Your IT Service Desk KPIs

Posted by InvGate on September 19, 2018 at 9:57 AM
The selection of the right IT service desk performance metrics is an age-old challenge that’s again front and center for IT professionals with the newer focus on the metrics associated with employee experience and eXperience level agreements (XLAs). But there are so many metrics “basics” to get right first. This blog highlights 10 tips for improving your IT service desk’s key performance indicators (KPIs). 
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Topics: KPIs, Metrics, Service Desk

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