Put the customer in the center
- customer-centric processes before exact mapping of IT structures
- preventive measures before reactive incident management
- rich conversation before digitalized "correspondence" (ticketing)
In day-to-day ITSM, the relevant early indicators are often missing, which would make it possible to act in time on problems that are building up. The figure on the right shows a single example indicator. If, on the other hand, the IT professionals' dashboard looked like the figure below, they would immediately know which problems that have not yet been reported should be addressed.
It therefore makes sense to supplement the ticketing tool with digital rooms in which a chat-based conversation can be conducted with the active participation of all necessary specialists. They have the great advantage that customers immediately feel that someone is taking care of the problem and initial queries can be answered immediately without delay.
Linking ticketing with other communication channels enables tasks to be completed more quickly and in a more targeted manner.
Our toolbox: "best of breed" solution components
Frontend Tools: Interaction with end users and IT teams
The Status Information component is used to communicate service status to end users. This includes communicating availability constraints, maintenance announcements, etc. In the context of business continuity management, this component is used to ensure that information is provided even if all other communication channels fail. Our preferred product for this is statuspage.
In chat rooms, end users can be provided with uncomplicated support in a conversation ("conversational ticketing"). Depending on the customer journey concept, the chat-based interaction can be initiated either directly by the end user or by IT. We prefer to work with Halp, Chatlio and Slackif a cloud solution involving US companies can be used, or with Mattermost and jitsi if an operation in Switzerland is required. If Microsoft Teams is available, integration is obvious.
The Ticketing Portal allows end users to submit and track their service requests. This includes the provision of order forms, their approval by the relevant departments and the processing of the service provision. We prefer to work with Jira Service Desk or supplement Jira with our own portal development if there are special requirements for the design or integration of the portal.
Backend Tools: Data-driven ITSM and Process Support
In Asset Management, the components and their properties for which the ITSM provides services are managed in the sense of an inventory. This information is then read when tickets are created or to determine dependencies when solving problems. Ideally, the information is not only entered manually, but is also supplemented as far as possible by automated service or user device monitoring. We prefer to use Insight - Asset Management for Jira.
Alarming is used to summon the employees required to solve a problem according to the stored shift plan or to trigger escalation chains as soon as certain criteria occur. For example, shortly before the expiry of a guaranteed SLA response time or in the event of a service failure. We prefer to work with OpsGenie.
Service monitoring is used to monitor the status of IT services. In particular, this includes checking service availability (uptime), performance (response times) and resource usage (such as disk space, RAM, etc.) for capacity management. In this area For rather simpler problems we like to use StatusCake and Prometheus. However, experience has shown that the problems in service monitoring are very heterogeneous.
User Device Monitoring deals with the monitoring of PC workstations used by end users. Traditionally, thanks to software distribution tools such as Microsoft SCCM, IT has good information about the target state of the end devices, e.g. which software should be installed. Proactive management of devices only becomes possible when accurate information about the current state can be evaluated across the organization. Frequent crashes, decreasing storage space, declining performance, etc. can thus be detected and dealt with before the end user creates a ticket, which then has to be resolved under time pressure. Endpoint monitoring is particularly relevant in environments with less management control by IT (Bring Your Own Device, school IT, software development, etc.) to ensure an appropriate level of endpoint security.
Project Management is used to handle projects or more complex operational processes that cannot be adequately managed by individual tasks. In this area we work with Jira Softwarewhich is widely used for software projects, but can also be used for any organizational and IT projects.
The time worked is reported and evaluated in Time Reporting. In this area we prefer to use Tempo Timesheets in this area.
Our options for deployment
The solution can be implemented on the cloud solution operated by Atlassian from the USA.
The solution can be implemented on the cloud solution operated by linkyard in Switzerland.
On Premise with Support
The solution can be implemented on systems provided by the customer. The operation is done by the customer, linkyard provides support if required.
Managed Service on Private Cloud
The solution can be implemented and operated on the private cloud or infrastructure provided by the customer. The IT operator of the customer takes over the operation of the infrastructure, linkyard takes care of application operation and maintenance.