TSW Las Vegas 2016: What I Heard

Posted by John Ragsdale on 10/28/16 5:00 AM

After each of our Technology Services World Conferences, I like to look back over all the 1:1 meetings, breakout session questions, and hallway conversations, and come up with some of the top trends and issues I heard. Last Tuesday, I had 1:1 meetings scheduled from 8 AM to 5:30 PM, which was a great opportunity to hear what members are working on, where they are seeing success, and where they are struggling. 

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Topics: knowledge management, professional services, social support, online communities, online support, professional services automation (PSA)

Putting the “Help” Back into Helpdesk

Posted by Danielle Miller on 10/27/16 5:00 AM

A few years back, while facilitating a workshop for a CNC machine builder, it became apparent why the “Helpdesk” was losing respect within their organization. Their team consisted of 12 experienced technicians, who referred to themselves simply as “The Desk". They had collectively removed the word “Help" from their name and were daily demonstrating negative behaviors, such as delayed assistance, growing impatience, and a general disregard for internal customers. The team’s actions were bringing down morale and beginning to impact business decisions. In fact, at the time of our event, their leadership team was weighing whether or not to outsource the department. So, how do you prevent this from happening with your own Helpdesk?

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Topics: customer experience, support services, customer support, customer service

Welcome New TSIA Members! October Edition

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 10/25/16 5:00 AM

At TSIA, we are dedicated to helping services organizations both large and small grow and advance in the technology industry. We'd like to take the opportunity to welcome our newest members, as well as acknowledge companies already a part of the TSIA community who have recently expanded their membership to include additional service disciplines TSIA has to offer. Here's a little bit about each company, in their own words.

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Topics: New TSIA Members

TSW Day 2 Recap: Top Attended Sessions

Posted by John Ragsdale on 10/19/16 1:39 PM

Today is the final day of Technology Services World Las Vegas, and I'm back to take a look at the top attended sessions from yesterday. Our 1,600+ attendees had more than 75 breakout sessions to choose from yesterday, crossing all of our service disciplines, with a good mix of tactical and strategic topics. I always like to point out the top attended sessions, because people vote with their feet for the hottest trends and topics.

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Topics: customer success, customer experience, professional services, customer service, expand selling, professional services automation (PSA), Technology Services World Conference

TSW Day 1 Recap: Knowledge Management Front and Center

Posted by John Ragsdale on 10/18/16 5:00 AM

Yesterday was the opening day of Technology Services World in Las Vegas, and it was an action packed day. I started with a partner advisory board meeting at 7AM, then a kickoff meeting for partners, and my opening keynote, "Overcoming Barriers to Knowledge Sharing" at 11:45. We definitely had more people attend my keynote than anticipated, and I'm sorry to everyone who didn't make it into the room. The seats were filled, and people standing 3 deep, so I tried my best to entertain!

My topic was improving enterprise knowledge sharing, and I highlighted data from my 2016 Knowledge Management Survey. Why is knowledge management such a hot topic? Because companies perceive improved knowledge sharing as a lever they can pull to improve operational effectiveness. Here’s the data:

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Topics: knowledge management, Technology Services World Conference, customer portal

[Free Ebook] Why Services is the Big IoT Opportunity for Hardware Manufacturers

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 10/13/16 5:00 AM

As our world becomes more connected, the resulting technological climate has had a growing impact on the way traditional hardware manufacturers run their businesses. “Why Services is the Big IoT Opportunity for Hardware Manufacturers," a free ebook by TSIA's Vele Galovski and Harald Kopp, is a roadmap hardware manufacturers can use to navigate the path to digitization and unlock the new business opportunities presented by smart services and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

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Topics: internet of things (IoT), Technology Services World Conference, hardware manufacturers, ebook, smart services

Intelligently Optimizing Digital Support Channels

Posted by Nick Sellers on 10/11/16 5:00 AM

Many businesses aren't clear as to what good digital support entails, with only vague notions about lowering costs and improving customer experience. Their focus is instead on implementing a platform that gives them the best return on investment, which is measured in money (and time) saved.

These businesses often also make the mistake of introducing digital support platforms—such as self-service, real-time chat, online communities and social networks—as discrete standalone projects even when part of a larger campaign. They also tend to prioritize budget and execution methods rather than customer experience and outcomes. While the former strategy can save a little money now, the latter will be what defines a support platform's long-term success.

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Topics: customer experience, social media, support services, social support, multi-channel support, online support, optimization, digital support

TSW Keynote Preview: 7 Steps to Unlock Profitable Revenue Growth

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 10/7/16 5:00 AM

Over 1,600 technology services professionals will be gathering at the TSW Las Vegas 2016 conference to learn about how to align their business for growth and outcomes in the cloud economy. For a sneak peek at one of the many impactful sessions we have planned for this year's event, view this SlideShare of a keynote presentation by TSIA's Executive Director, Thomas Lah, “Report from the Road: 7 Steps to Unlock Profitable Revenue Growth."

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Topics: x-as-a-service (XaaS), cloud, slideshare, Technology Services World Conference, Technology-as-a-Service Playbook

[SlideShare] 5 Managed Services Benchmark Trends

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 10/6/16 5:00 AM

Through TSIA's comprehensive benchmarking program, you can measure your company's performance against your industry peers, identify your strengths, and see where you can improve to ensure future success. For a sample of the type of insight you will receive by taking advantage of this valuable resource that comes with TSIA membership, take a look at this SlideShare featuring 5 key research trends from TSIA's Managed Services Benchmark Study.

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Topics: managed services, benchmarking, managed XaaS, TSIA Benchmarking Spotlight

Learn How to Measure and Improve Self-Service Success and Deflection

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 10/4/16 5:00 AM

Join us Friday, October 7, for a free support services virtual summit on self-service service success and deflection, hosted by TSIA and our partners, Coveo and DB Kay & Associates, Inc. During this 4-hour event, guest speakers from Extreme Networks, Hewlett-Packard, Informatica, and more, will discuss how their companies are currently measuring success and deflection in their self-service offering, as well as share self-service best practices and learnings you can apply to your own organization.

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Topics: metrics, support services, summit, self-service support

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