Inside Technology Services

5 Reasons To Invest in Training for Your Service Team

Posted by Jodi Beuder on 10/30/14 6:30 AM

It’s tough to get much return on investment (ROI), these days, so the recommendation to invest in customer service is often met with “Yes, I know we should, but…” And then there are the excuses “too expensive”, “not in the budget” or “the money is better spent elsewhere”. So why invest in training? By definition, “invest” means to put valuable resources into something you expect will give a personal or financial gain; to spend or devote for future advantage or benefit. So let’s look at how and why an investment in your customer and technical service team can pay off. 

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Topics: ROI, training, customer service

6 Steps to Skyrocketing Your Service Delivery With Journey Mapping

Posted by Dennis Gershowitz on 10/28/14 6:30 AM

Journey mapping is a company diagram that illustrates what customers truly want when it comes to service delivery and product involvement based on actual customer experiences. The more touch points customers receive, the more detailed the map. The purpose of customer journey mapping is to understand service delivery from start to finish so that companies can improve their processes for exceptional customer service. 

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Topics: customer experience, customer satisfaction, customer experience mapping, journey mapping

Don't Miss Out on Your Last Day at TSW Service Transformations 2014

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 10/22/14 6:30 AM

Today is the last day of TSW Service Transformations. We learned a lot about current trends, industry best practices, and the future of the technology services as we make the transition to providing more outcome-based solutions. Be sure to take advantage of the remaining sessions of the conference by taking a look at today’s schedule. Let’s see what’s in store for Day Three of TSW. 

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Topics: TSW, TSW EXPO, TSW Service Transformations, Technology Services World, Technology Services World Service Transformations

Get Ready for Day 2 of TSW Service Transformations 2014

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 10/21/14 6:30 AM

Yesterday’s TSW event got off to a great start with tons of energy and focus on the future of technology services. Today, we plan to keep that momentum going with even more great sessions, discussions, and networking events. Let’s get ready to have an exciting Day Two! 

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Topics: TSW, TSW Service Transformations, Technology Services World, Technology Services World Service Transformations

The State of Knowledge Management: 2014

Posted by John Ragsdale on 10/20/14 3:51 PM

Originally published on Ragsdale's Eye On Service - Today at Technology Services World I am releasing the results of my August knowledge management survey both online, and in my Power Hour session at 4:15. The data shows that companies continue to find enormous potential in knowledge management, but are often thwarted by corporate culture, and tend to blame technology for process problems. Also, there is growing interest in emerging technologies that are changing the approach and priority of knowledge capture and sharing.

To me, the single most compelling piece of data related to the untapped potential of KM. The survey asked, “If your organization was sharing knowledge as well as they possibly could, how much would it improve the productivity of your team?” Here are the results.

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Topics: TSW, knowledge management, TSW Service Transformations

What’s in Store for Day 1 of TSW Service Transformations 2014

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 10/20/14 1:00 PM

The 2014 TSW Service Transformations conference commences today at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas with record high attendance of leading players in the technology services industry. Get ready to engage with your peers and industry experts about the latest trends in technology and the customer experience. Here’s what will be happening opening day. 

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Topics: TSW, TSW EXPO, TSW Service Transformations, Technology Services World, Technology Services World Service Transformations

4 Steps to a Successful Go-to-Market Strategy for Managed Services

Posted by Thomas Sindemann on 10/17/14 6:30 AM

Developing global go-to-market strategies to push technology services, especially managed services sales, frequently leads to a complex and resource-consuming development process, all too often with disappointing results. The best approach is a clearly structured, “fast-track” method that encourages teamwork, which has been proven to result in new ideas and strategies, and in some cases, increased sales. Today I will be discussing how to create a successful go-to-market strategy using Wincor Nixdorf as a case study example as a company who benefitted from our method.

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Topics: managed services, strategy

3 Reasons Why Your Current Knowledge Sharing Process Isn’t Working

Posted by Phil Verghis on 10/16/14 6:30 AM

According to McKinsey, 20% of your workweek is spent looking for internal information or trying to get a hold of someone who has it. (Tweet this!) An employee-facing or customer-facing knowledgebase seems like the most logical solution to this problem, however the way we currently implement them clearly isn’t working. 

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Topics: knowledge management, knowledge sharing

Thinking Outside the Industry: Improve Performance With Benchmarking

Posted by Vele Galovski on 10/14/14 6:30 AM

In an ideal scenario, companies could put all daily operational duties aside in order to look to the future and develop a strategic plan for delivering breakthrough performance in the coming years. In reality, many operational leaders simply don’t have the time, luxury, or resources to look very far into the future while still maintaining their daily operation. This situation ultimately results in uniform improvement objectives, without consideration for current performance levels and opportunity to improve.

This is where benchmarking can play a vital role by helping companies to focus their limited resources to improve operational performance and identify their greatest opportunities. While measuring your company’s performance in the industry against your peers is important, looking at success stories outside of your trade can also give you valuable organizational tips for improving your operation.
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Topics: metrics, benchmarking, field services

Escalation vs. Collaboration Support Models: Which is Right For You?

Posted by Judith Platz on 10/13/14 6:30 AM

The technology industry is changing all around us, especially when it comes to customer expectations. Instead of purchasing new technology, customers are purchasing solutions with the added requirement that support organizations be responsible for facilitating their success. Companies that recognize these changes and embrace them in their day-to-day operations are going to be the ones that survive and thrive in this new environment, but how can this be achieved?

In my on-demand webinar, “Support Levels: To Tier or Not To Tier,” I talk about the two main service models that support organizations are currently utilizing to improve the customer experience and help drive customer success: the tiered, or “escalation,” model and the non-tiered “collaboration” model. I share recent industry metrics as well as customer success stories of organizations that made the transition from a tiered to a non-tiered model, as well as show just how easy it is for your company to make the change.

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Topics: support, customer success, customer experience, customer support, knowledge sharing


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