IT Help Desk & IT Service Desk
IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is considered the de facto standard or ‘best practice’ for running IT Help Desk or IT Service Desks around the world. Even with the proven success of ITIL, most organizations don’t have the tools, budget, knowledge or bandwidth to implement and maintain. At ETS, we focus on several key components of the ITIL framework and customize a solution for each business.
Service Level Management
Service Level Agreements (SLA) is the defining factor for how a Help Desk or Service Desk is set up. SLA’s outline the response and resolution times of an incident by measuring urgency and impact of each Incident or Problem. ETS works with each customer to understand their business model and then creates SLA’s that we are accountable for and that we accurately measure.
An incident is an event that causes, or may cause, an interruption to a service or services. Incident Management is the process to resolve the incident and restore services within a defined SLA. ETS’s Incident Management processes have been developed and fine-tuned for over a decade by our ITIL certified personnel to ensure a high level of SLA attainment.
A problem is the underlying cause, or root cause, of one or more incidents. Usually a temporary workaround is established until a permanent fix has been tested and deployed. Problem Management is the process of resolving the underlying root cause, thus preventing Incidents from recurring. Our tools and highly experienced engineers are extremely successful in rooting out core problems to quickly remediate the source of a problem.
A change is the addition, modification or removal of items such as hardware, software, network equipment, systems or documentation. Change Management is the process of controlling those changes through formalized processes and procedures. It is documented that 80% of all outages are self-induced through changes. ETS utilizes a formal Change Control process that can significantly reduce unnecessary outages.
Service Desk or
Service Desk is the primary point of contact for users to interact and log tickets for IT service personnel. Service Desk can handle or facilitate the handling of Incidents, Problems, Changes and numerous IT related requests. Most people seeking assistance with their IT equipment know this as Help Desk. Because ETS designs solutions based around our customer’s requirements, we offer several Service Desk options that are either on premise, in the cloud or hosted at our Network Operations Center (NOC) in Phoenix.
Your internal information technology team serves a valuable purpose for your company. Outsourcing your IT helpdesk support services allows your internal team the freedom to work on the projects that are integral to your business strategic planning. Using a professional and experienced company to provide managed support services can be a seamless process that integrates perfectly with your current business structure.
What Is Helpdesk Support?
IT helpdesk support services play an important customer or employee service role as the first point of contact. Customers or employees with problems or questions can reach out to the helpdesk for a solution. By choosing a dedicated team for your service desk, you can best serve the needs of these customers without pulling your IT team away from important internal assignments. The goal of an outsourced IT helpdesk is to provide excellent service to customers while reducing the load the internal IT team is assigned.
What Helpdesk Support Services Are Available?
Depending on your business needs and information technology set-up you have already achieved, managed helpdesk services can be integrated into your current structure. Some clients prefer an entirely cloud-based service while others choose to utilize a centralized operational center. If your business decides an on-site team is the best strategy, many companies can work to provide an on-site team. A variety of services and methods of IT support are available, so your company can choose which ones fit in best with your business plan.
- First point of contact for troubleshooting IT problems
- Facilitate updates and changes
- Time-sensitive requests for incidents
- Fast response time for a ticketing system
- Proactively preventing downtime across the system
How Does Your Business Benefit?
Outsourced IT helpdesk support benefits your company in several specific ways. Managed services provide directed expertise in support services, ensuring your customers are being taken care of in a timely, efficient and satisfactory manner. Unlike internal IT departments that may be subjected to business hours, most managed services provide helpdesk support 24 hours a day, even on weekends. Off-site service options also do not require physical space to be set up on your property.
Find Out More About Managed IT Support
If your business would benefit from outsourced IT helpdesk support services or if you want to learn more about the process, contact Enterprise Technology Services today to set up a consultation or get your questions answered. Their team of IT support experts can help you come up with a strategy to optimize your business IT department while treating your customers to an excellent customer service experience.
ETS’s approach is simple: Define the customers’ requirements and build a solution that works within that organization’s business processes. The driving factors behind every solution are SLA’s and the people and processes that support them. Although not every customer needs a full blown Service Desk, they all need a guarantee on service response and resolution times, so that’s why ETS tailors every solution around SLA’s and our ability to handle every incident or problem quickly. We’ve invested wisely in a state of the art ticketing system to ensure SLA attainment goals are met. We’ve implemented effective processes to quickly route and escalate each incident to the appropriate skill set. More importantly, we look for trends that identify and remediate root causes before they become a problem.