Four More Overlooked but Highly Valuable Help Desk Questions

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Sherlock Holmes has the power of deduction that helps him solve rather difficult cases. If only IT technicians develop this as a habit, they can churn out advanced analytics from simple data. We discussed this in our previous blog post and also the four important help desk questions that can be answered by using simple reports. In this post, we will look another four questions that will help you deduce the hidden business intelligence from your IT help desk data.

Am I prepared for my help desk audit?

It’s always best to be audit-ready, keeping your metrics neat and compliant. One of the best practices of help desk management is keeping your resources and tasks optimized. To check if your team is efficiently

For a Change, What Happens in Vegas ​Isn’t Staying in Vegas: Pink15 Annual International IT Service Management Conference and Exhibition

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What happens when people from the most happening IT teams convene at the most happening place on the planet? Pink Elephant’s 19th annual international IT service management conference and exhibition provided us the answer. Networking, peer interactions, loads of knowledge transfer, vendor hunts, and of course, the renowned casinos and night life of Las Vegas. With sessions on best practices, easy tips and tricks, experience and knowledge sharing, Pink15 turned out to be the best place for ITSM pros to learn and share.

This being our second year at the annual Pink conference, ManageEngine’s booth attracted ​​many visitors and ​​surprised them with a FREE l

5 Best Practices to Be a Successful Project Manager

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5 Best Practices to Be a Successful Project Manager

5 Best Practices to Be a Successful Project Manager

As a project manager who’s been around a while you would have experienced a visit to the project guillotine. Perhaps, it was due to a massive schedule slip, budget overrun, or scope creep (or sometimes all three – now that’s total chaos). And, as a project manager, you were the first in line at the guillotine!

In retrospect, you (always) get a feeling, “If only I handled the project differently, it could have been a success. Sound familiar? If yes, here are some best practices that you can follow to avoid some expensive project surprises and steer your projects towards success.

1. Identify Scope, Budget, and Time

Your first project check should be to define what you want to

ServiceDesk Plus Beats BMC by 2:1 Margin in Readers’ Choice Awards!

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“ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus was selected the winner in the Help Desk category of the WindowsNetworking.com Readers’ Choice Awards. BMC Software Trackit and Help Desk Pilot were runner-up and second runner-up, respectively,” –  windowsnetworking.com. 

This is the second time that our customers have voted for ServiceDesk Plus as their most preferred IT help desk software, making ServiceDesk Plus a WindowsNetworking.com Readers’ Choice Award Winner.

The WindowsNetworking.com audience comprises help desk managers, IT managers, network administrators, systems administrators, developers, systems analysts, CIOs, CTOs, and other technologist

7 Tips to Maximize IT Service Desk Performance with ServiceDesk Plus

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7 Tips to Maximize IT Service Desk  Performance with ServiceDesk PlusServiceDesk Plus has an ocean of features for all the IT service desk technicians who want to manage the complete life cycle of their tickets. However, there are some unique features that add punch to your service desk operations. Here are seven valuable tips that will help you to reap more benefits out of ServiceDesk Plusand help you go that extra mile to keep your customers happy!  

Segregate Your End Users to Avoid Clutter

In a high-voltage IT environment, end users can sometimes be bombarded with announcements that are irrelevant to them. For example, users in Australia may see announcements regarding server outages elsewh

Ace Traits From the Tennis Court for IT Service Desk Pros

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The different styles of play in ITSMClose to midnight on January 29, 2012, Novak Djokovic was down and out at the Australian Open at the soldout Rod Laver Arena. Rafael Nadal had just seized all momentum from him and was on the verge of closing out the final set, with one hand already on the first major trophy of the year. The duration of the match had already exceeded the record for the longest match in a men’s major final, and for Djokovic, this came on the heels of another five hour semifinal a couple nights before. With his back against the wall, his endurance severely tested and his skills diminishing at the same rate as his energy, Djokovic saw a ray of hope after Nadal made an uncharacteristic error. He regrouped and in an amazing display

Five Reasons Your IT Help Desk Should Move Away from Spreadsheets ASAP!

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Use Spreadsheets to Crunch Numbers, Not Help Desk ProductivityIT and IT support, as we all know, have started influencing the direction of business in organizations around the world. Understanding this influence, large organizations have implemented IT help desk software to manage their IT. However, many SMEs still hesitate to implement help desk software because they lack the budget and the specialized IT staff as well as the necessary capabilities required for implementation. Instead,  they use spreadsheets to track and support issues in their IT.  What SMEs fail to realize is that help desk software delivers the maximum return on investment to these organizations and helps them increase their productivity.

IT help desk software has moved from being a

Four Overlooked But Highly Valuable Help Desk Questions

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Sherlock Holmes has a unique power – the power of deduction. It doesn’t mean he is an extraordinary person, but just a normal guy who loves to observe keenly and look for details in his object of interest. In a scene of crime, Sherlock can see those details that normally pass by normal or ignorant eyes. When asked, he says “I saw it because I was looking for it.”

To know the right answer, you should know the right question. Same goes for our friends behind the IT service desk. We tend to overlook some important service desk data, because we were never looking for it in the first place. That’s the lack of right questions. Being a technician, it’s pays to have Sherlock Holmes’s ke…

2014 – A Bumper Year for ServiceDesk Plus!

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As our ServiceDesk Plus team constantly focuses on what’s next, it’s easy to lose sight of how far we’ve come. Looking in the rear view, 2014 was a fantastic year for us filled with major releases/upgrades, user conferences, trade shows, webinars, major revamps and most importantly, a pioneering move of making the Standard Edition free for all our users that saw a huge spike in downloads and sign ups.

We’re also proud to see how much of our roadmap we’ve covered with numerous features and integrations guided by constant feedback from our customers.

It looks like all the milestones were reached and the successes that we enjoyed just happened overnight. …

9 Ways to Convince Users to Adopt Your Self-Service Portal

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Today’s IT environment is changing rapidly and so are your customers. They are increasingly demanding and are looking for instant resolution of their tickets as well as instant access to information on your services.

Sometimes your service desk might get bombarded with calls when a user faces issues or requires a service to be delivered.This may lead to service desk missed calls or being stuck in the waiting queue.

Self Service Adoption techniques

If you’ve already invested in a self-service portal — or plan to make such an investment — now might be a good time to consider the best ways to encourage its widespread adoption by your end users. Here are nine different ways to convince your users to use the self-service portal…