3 Ways "Shifting Left" Speeds Up Support

Posted by Christopher Savio on 11/16/17 5:00 AM

The concept of “shifting left" is an interesting one. In the software world, it means bringing testing and user feedback into the development cycle as early as possible so that developers can produce, and bring to market, a product that is better designed and more aligned with their customers' needs.

In the support world, "shifting left" means something a bit different. It refers to pushing work down and to the left, and ultimately out to self-service when appropriate. In doing so, they can provide end-users with solutions quicker and close tickets faster.

By moving solutions closer to the point of first contact—and closer to the customer's first issue—support can reduce complexity, resolve cases faster, and create more delighted customers. 

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Topics: customer support, self-service support, TSIA Partners

The Time Has Come for Professional Services Knowledge Management: What I Heard at TSW

Posted by John Ragsdale on 11/14/17 5:00 AM

Over the three days of TSIA’s Technology Services World conference in Las Vegas, I had about 20 formal 1:1 meetings with members, and many short conversations in hallways, after presentations, and in the EXPO. A couple of themes emerged, both a bit of a surprise, and I wanted to share what I heard at TSW in this blog post recapping some of the common themes.

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Topics: knowledge management, professional services, knowledge sharing, Technology Services World Conference

How to Free Up Time for Your Sales Team to Be Heroic

Posted by Steve Frost on 11/9/17 5:00 AM

TSIA’s CEO, J.B. Wood, has often stated that “Growing Annual Recurring Revenue is a process, not a heroic act,” and we at TSIA believe this to our core. We have seen that the process, rather than any one individual or team, “owns” the customer. But when it comes to big deals, especially with new customers or new groups within your customers, your company’s top salespeople are still the only ones for the job. Only they can accomplish the tough tasks of gaining stakeholder alignment, negotiating price and contractual terms, and casting strategic visions. No one else at your company can do what your best salespeople can do. Unfortunately at most companies, that’s not what your salespeople are doing. 
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Topics: sales, expand selling, cross-sell, upsell

Designing A Free-to-Fee Offer Strategy for Education Services

Posted by Maria Manning-Chapman on 11/7/17 5:00 AM

Getting your foot in the door of a prospective education services (ES) customer is often as simple as offering a free sample of the value you can bring to their organization. But, free offers shouldn’t just be given away without a strategy. While a free strategy is most commonly employed with new customers, free offers can be sprinkled throughout the customer lifecycle. In this post, I’m going to share some best practices to keep in mind when developing your free-to-fee strategy. 

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Topics: education services, training, expand selling, free offers

Executive’s Guide to Digital Transformation and Monetizing IoT [White Paper]

Posted by Vele Galovski on 11/2/17 5:00 AM

Whether you’re in a traditional industrial equipment, hardware, or healthcare technology company, digital transformation is having a drastic impact on the way your business is run. We’ve explained the details of each step along this transformation journey in our ebook, “Why Services is the Big IoT Opportunity for Hardware Manufacturers,” but what does that mean for executives who need to know how to approach the implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) from a high-level perspective? To provide this overview, we’ve created this white paper, “Executive’s Guide to Digital Transformation and Monetizing IoT,” designed specifically to help executives of traditional manufacturers make informed decisions for the good of their companies in the new age of IoT.

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Topics: healthcare, industrial equipment, internet of things (IoT), equipment manufacturers, digital transformation, healthcare technology

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