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Evaluating the Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing for Your Organization

Advantages & Disadvantages of Cloud Computing

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For organizations of all sizes, physical equipment can present several challenges. From space constraints to the additional overhead of repairing and maintaining equipment, the liability this technology presents is no longer worth the additional strain it places on IT leaders and their budgets.

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Top 10 Disputes to Address in Your Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) SLA

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Service Level Agreement (SLA)

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What is BPO: Business Process Outsourcing?

BPO stands for Business Process Outsourcing and is the contracting of services to third-party companies that can provide them more inexpensively or better than your company. Businesses outsource their work for many reasons but are most commonly looking to decrease costs, expand capabilities or lessen risks. Some common outsourcing services include Customer Service/Call Center/Helpdesk, Client Management, Human Resources, and even Accounting. Third-party providers offer these solutions using cost-efficient approaches. This article will focus on Call Center providers, although many of the points can apply to other types of outsourced services as well.

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How to Use the Balanced Scorecard Approach to Achieve World-Class Service Desk Performance

Balanced Scorecard

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The troubled Service Desk manager called the ITIL Guru and asked to see her right away. When he arrived, he had a panicked look on his face. The ITIL Guru calmly asked, "What has got your feathers ruffled?"

The manager said, "I just received an email from the CIO asking about my department's metrics. He says that they don't look great compared to top service desks. Before I respond, I wanted to get your opinion."

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How to Evaluate Your Legal Practice's Need for Cloud-Based Law Firm Software

Cloud Computing for Lawyers; Why Migrate Your Law Firm

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Cloud computing is best understood as software or service that can be accessed and utilized over an internet connection, and mobile apps where available. Cloud software is now in use across a wide spectrum of industries. Whether it be for security, productivity, cost-efficiency, or something else, the cloud has a lot to offer organizations, with little downside in return.

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Machine-Learning is Leading the Self-Improving Help Desk: Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) Systems

Case Based Reasoning Help Desk AI

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In the AI-driven era, customer service has evolved to be more efficient and self-learning. AI systems help companies in a variety of ways including improving customer satisfaction ratings, reducing operational costs, and increasing revenue. AI has many other advantages for customer service that human agents cannot compete with — it is always available, 24/7 and never gets tired or distracted. One of the leading AI systems in this area is CBR Systems' machine learning help desk system.

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How School IT Support Software Can Be Part of Modernizing Technology Used in Education Systems

How Help Desk Software Can Modernize Technology in Schools

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Today's students have grown up with technology from the earliest days of their lives. Whether it be a smartphone app, laptop, or cloud service, students expect to utilize technology to conduct many of their day-to-day tasks.

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Operational Level Agreements (OLAs): The Foundation to Every Service Level Agreement (SLA)

ITIL ITSM OLS vs. SLA

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The Service Desk Manager arrived at the ITIL Service Manager's office and found her staring out the window. He politely knocked, and the manager invited him to sit down, saying, "Glad to see you back. How is your SLA project going?"

"Progressing, thanks to your guidance."

"That is great! Tell me what you have done so far."

"I met with several key business leaders and explained the project and what a Service Level Agreement is. They are excited about us addressing their critical needs, and they are looking forward to a continuous improvement process partnership. However, I am not experiencing the same excitement from the various IT departments. I thought they would love to know what the business needs."

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How to Define & Measure ITSM Critical Success Factors (CSF) with SLAs & KPIs

ITSM Critical Success Factors with SLAs & KPIs

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When the young man arrived at the ITIL Service Manager's office, he found her reading a book. He politely knocked, and the manager invited him to sit down, saying, "What can I do for you?"

The young man said, "My manager asked me to write an SLA for my Service Desk, and I don't know where to start. Another manager told me you know everything there is to know about IT best practices."

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How to Share Electronic Health Record (EHR) Information Securely When Working in the Cloud

How to Share EHR Information Securely When Working in the Cloud

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When patients see their doctors, it is not uncommon for them to be referred to a specialist to better address concerns. For the specialist to assist a new patient, electronic health record (EHR) information must be exchanged between the referring practitioner and the new one. This can be risky considering the threat of EHR security breaches during the exchange process. In addition, in the United States, healthcare practitioners must only exchange EHR information using approved transfer methods outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Failure to do so can result in steep fines for EHR and HIPAA violations.

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How to Leverage Customer Intelligence to Reduce Operating Costs

How to Leverage Customer Intelligence to Reduce Operating Costs

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What is Customer Intelligence (CI)?

The internet is home to many tracking tools designed to gather valuable information to better profile consumers. This information is so valuable that it is usually sold to third-party companies for further follow-up.

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