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

TSW Day 1 Recap: The Art and Science of the Customer Journey

Posted by John Ragsdale on 10/23/17 5:30 PM

Great to be back at the beautiful ARIA in Los Vegas for Technology Services World, which is my 24th TSIA conference! Today was the opening day, and I was up early for our Partner Advisory Board meeting, which included a facilitated session by our new Consulting Alliance Partner, Method Garage, on the business of customer journey mapping. I’m very excited about this conference theme, The Art and Science of the Customer Journey, which is so relevant to our industry and really resonating with our members, across disciplines.

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Topics: knowledge management, knowledgebase, learning management system, online support, knowledge sharing, self-service support, Technology Services World Conference, intelligent customer support

[Book Review] Into the Diamond Mine, by Patrice Eberline

Posted by John Ragsdale on 9/28/17 5:00 AM

In 2015, Patrice Eberline, Vice President of Global Customer Transformation at ServiceMax, from GE Digital, published her first book Diamond in the Rough, Unleashing the Power Of Field Service Transformation, which gave an excellent overview of field service operations, including metrics, key trends and business challenges. Patrice’s second book, Into the Diamond Mine: A Field Service Transformation Handbook for Executives, has just been published, and I was lucky enough to get an advance copy.

I always think the sign of a great book is when you read it, you can hear the author’s voice, and that is absolutely the case with Into the Diamond Mine, filled not only with great insights, but also a healthy dose of humor and real-world examples to drive the points home. In this blog post I’d like to highlight some of my favorite parts of the book.

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Topics: knowledge management, benchmarking, field services, webinars, book review

3 Steps to Smarter Customer Support

Posted by Dave Campbell on 9/5/17 5:00 AM

It’s no secret that great customer service is growing harder and harder to deliver. Customer expectations are rising and there is a lot of pressure for support organizations to deliver more with less. Surveyed IT support organizations report that ticket volumes are up 57% over the past year, and yet headcount has remained flat. In addition to having more tickets, the issues they are working on are becoming increasingly more complex as customers demand support across more devices.

The “do more with less” challenge can feel like an uphill battle for most support organizations, but there are ways to maximize efficiency. It’s all about working smarter and not harder. In this post, I’ll be sharing some steps you can take to get started in building a smarter customer support organization. 

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Topics: knowledge management, support services, customer support, TSIA Partners, knowledge base

TSIA’s 5th Annual Knowledge Management Survey is Now Open!

Posted by John Ragsdale on 8/3/17 5:00 AM

In my role as TSIA’s technology research analyst, I cover 42 different technologies across our 8 areas of research. But when you look at the inquiries I receive from members, over half are related to knowledge management, self-service, and improving collaboration with both employees and customers. Spending on knowledge management is very high as well, with 68% of support services members planning additional investments in the next 1-2 years. To better understand emerging trends and pacesetter practices, each year I conduct a knowledge management survey.

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Topics: knowledge management, TSIA Survey, self-service support, TSIA Research, Open TSIA Surveys

Creating Engaged Millennial Employees in Your Contact Center

Posted by Kelly Koelliker on 5/30/17 5:00 AM

Now that Millennials are officially the largest population segment, they can no longer be ignored. Organizations must come to terms with the idea that Millennials have different needs and skills, and make the appropriate changes in the workplace to maximize them. It seems that many businesses have a ways to go in achieving this, as research studies have shown that roughly 2/3 of today’s employees are disengaged in the workplace. So why is this? And what changes can be made to provide an engaging environment for this growing segment of the workforce population?

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Topics: knowledge management, TSIA Partners, millenials

Knowledge Management Convergence: Overcoming Barriers to Knowledge Sharing

Posted by John Ragsdale on 2/28/17 5:00 AM

Knowledge management used to be a topic just for customer support. Specifically, it was about how to capture resolution information for every problem solved, so that the next time it occurred, no one had to waste time researching the problem and resolution all over again. Today, there are several drivers that are forcing companies to realize that knowledge management isn't just for support, but is a company-wide initiative with enough ROI for everybody, from support, to professional services, managed services, development, product management, and more.

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Topics: knowledge management, TSIA Organizational Convergence Series, convergence, organizational convergence

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

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