Why Knowledge Management Is Important

Posted by John Chmaj on 12/7/16 5:00 AM

I recently read a blog from TSIA's John Ragsdale on the state of knowledge management (KM) and what is shaping it today—how are organizations using it, what corporate cultures are they operating in, and who is still trying to fully understand the significant value knowledge management brings?

While there are many factors that can shape the view of knowledge management within an organization, those who have come to truly understand its value are reaping the rewards. 

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Topics: support, knowledge management, customer support, knowledgebase, online support, knowledge sharing, customer effort

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)

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

4 Essentials of a Winning Customer Self-Service Strategy

Posted by Jennifer MacIntosh on 8/23/16 6:30 AM

Great self-service is something most companies aspire to provide, in pursuit of an exceptional customer experience. When done well, it increases customer satisfaction and loyalty. It’s also cheaper and relieves the contact center from the burden of answering repetitive calls.

97% of the support leaders TSIA surveyed plan to invest in self-service tools in the next two years. To select the right tools, you first need to have a clear vision of what great self-service means to you and your customer.

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Topics: knowledge management, support services, customer support, online communities, online support, self-service support, customer portal, TSIA Partners

[Infographic] The Current State of Knowledge Management Culture

Posted by John Ragsdale on 8/5/16 8:00 AM


Implementing a good knowledge management system is key to improved productivity within your organization, and can be achieved through proper transformation of your KM processes, people, and technology. Though many companies are moving toward adopting and using KM tools, many may not be using them to their full potential. In TSIA’s annual Knowledge Management Survey, we ask participants about their current core knowledge management processes, tools, and metrics to see how their company is sharing knowledge within their organization.

This infographic gives a brief overview of the findings of last year's survey that provides insight into the current state of knowledge management culture in the technology industry. How would you rate your company’s knowledge sharing culture?

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Topics: knowledge management, organizational culture, infographic, TSIA Research

You’re Invited to Take Part in TSIA Knowledge Management Research!

Posted by John Ragsdale on 8/2/16 6:30 AM

TSIA surveys allow us to get a detailed look at what's really happening in the industry so we can provide technology and services organizations with fact-based recommendations for improving their operation and achieving their goals. To help us gather the latest best practices and trends relating to knowledge management, content management, and enterprise collaboration technology, I'd like to invite you to participate in the TSIA 2016 Knowledge Management Survey and play an important role in our research initiatives in this area.

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Topics: knowledge management, TSIA Survey, collaboration, self-service support, TSIA Research, content management

The Art of Support: A Conversation With Francoise Tourniaire

Posted by John Ragsdale on 4/5/16 7:30 AM

In 1996, Francoise Tourniaire published the first edition of The Art of Support. Boy, the world has changed a lot since 1996, and the world of support has radically changed in the last 20 years. I’m happy to report that Francoise is back with a brand new edition of the book, The Art of Support: A Blueprint for Customer Success and Support Organizations, rewritten to reflect the realities of supporting customers today, including impacts such as social, mobile, customer success, new quality measures such as Customer Effort Scores, and a whole lot more. The book is available on Amazon in Kindle format, and available in hard copy from the FTWorks.com website. It will be available in hard copy from additional booksellers soon!

Francoise agreed to have a chat with me about the new book, and I wanted to share our conversation with readers of the TSIA blog. Here’s what we discussed. 

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Topics: support, knowledge management, customer support, online support, self-service support

TSIA’s 11th Annual Global Technology Survey Is Now Open!

Posted by John Ragsdale on 3/10/16 6:30 AM

In 2006, when I first joined TSIA (then SSPA), I thought it would be a good idea to conduct a survey in order to find out which kinds of technology companies were using and how satisfied they were. We had a great response to the survey, and the data was hugely helpful in answering member inquiry questions. I’ve run the survey each year since, with a few tweaks to categories as new technologies became popular and others merged. I’m very happy to announce that the 2016 survey is now open, so please take a few minutes to complete this short, 10-minute survey and tell us a little bit about the technology you and your company are using. 

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Topics: support, knowledge management, customer relationship management (CRM), TSIA Survey, online communities, TSIA Research

What I Heard: Hot Discussion Topics at TSW

Posted by John Ragsdale on 11/5/15 6:30 AM

Our largest Technology Services World conference is now complete, with 1,500 attendees and 100+ breakout sessions over three days at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. I presented two breakout sessions, and spent the majority of the remaining time in 30-minute one-on-one meetings, completing about 15 meetings with members and partners. In addition to those meetings, I had a few dozen conversations after sessions or in the EXPO. Thinking back over all of those interactions, I’ve pulled together a list of the hottest topics on the minds of the TSIA community.

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Topics: knowledge management, gamification, internet of things (IoT), self-service support, smart services

Recap: Top Attended Sessions of Day 2 of TSW

Posted by John Ragsdale on 10/21/15 11:00 AM

Today is our final day of Technology Services World in Las Vegas. There are so many hot topics at the event this year, including Customer Success, Expand Selling (ExS), and the Internet of Things (IoT). I think looking at the top attended sessions is a great way to see where the most interest exists, as conference attendees vote with their feet on the topics they care the most about. Here is a look at the five top attended sessions from yesterday. 

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Topics: customer success, knowledge management, expand selling, internet of things (IoT), Technology Services World Conference, smart services

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