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How to Use Software Development to Improve Customer Service

Improve Customer Service with Agile Software Development

If you are a software vendor, have you fully explored ways to better serve your customers? If not, the Agile software development process may revolutionize your approach to customer service.

In his recent Capterra article Improve your Customer Experience with Agile Software Development, Giva founder, Ron Avignone, explains how utilizing the Agile method has changed and vastly improved the way Giva engages with its customers. He shares personal experiences, tips, anecdotes and recommendations as to how a company can provide better customer service utilizing the Agile method. Some of the recommendations may surprise you but are proven methods to bring even more satisfaction and loyalty from your customers.

6 Important Considerations for Cloud Service Level Agreements (SLA)

Cloud Service Level Agreements

When it comes to cloud computing, service level agreements (SLA) act as both the structure and warranty of the terms of the relationship between the consumer and provider. SLAs that are tailored toward services in the cloud often include information that differs from other agreements of the same stature.

The following are important 6 considerations for service level agreements customized for the cloud of which to be aware:

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5 of the Biggest Threats Facing Healthcare Cyber Security

Healthcare Cyber Security Threats

With cyber attacks on healthcare becoming more sophisticated and pervasive, it is increasingly clear healthcare providers have insufficient and outdated approaches to security. Digital security utilized by most healthcare providers functions by protecting against individual and immediate attacks, instead of being a universal, extensive strategy. For healthcare providers, tending to and caring for ill patients is the top priority, so any breach of data or any C-Suite member becoming compromised would result in total calamity for healthcare centers and their patients.

The following are five of the biggest threats facing healthcare cyber security:

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5 Ways to Become More Customer Centric

Customer First Customer Service

In strong customer-centric strategies, the customer is the business. So much so, that everything is molded into form through the buyer's perspective. It is as if the customer himself is creating the product or service for his own benefit. Listed below are five tips and tricks that can help businesses develop their customer-centric strategies:

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4 Reasons Why It is Important to Have Secure Business Associates

HIPAA Business Associates Data Security

The number of breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) on record in the United States is over 2000 and counting. Significantly, these records only cover breaches affecting 500 or more individuals. One can only wonder how many more breaches have occurred on a smaller scale. The types of breaches range from theft and hacking, to improper disposal and unauthorized access as a result of negligence. Such incidents can be avoided if covered entities (companies involved in healthcare) ensure that all of their business associates are secured. There are many reasons why it is important to have secure business associates. Being aware of these reasons may prompt covered entities to take the necessary measures to protect their clientele's information:

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6 Key Components of a Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Service Level Agreements (SLA) Terms of Service

For businesses and consumers alike, ensuring that concise service level agreements (SLA) are obtained for certain products is crucial to seamless operation and support. As Naomi Karten explains in her work on establishing service level agreements, "A service level agreement is a formal negotiated agreement which helps to identify expectations, clarify responsibilities, and facilitate communication between two parties, typically a service provider and its customers." Therefore, the SLA serves an important purpose as a communication and conflict-reduction tool, as well as an overall expectation management document.

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2 Important Recommendations That Can Help Ensure HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA Compliance Tips

For healthcare organizations, remaining HIPAA compliant can be both necessary and challenging. In the United States, healthcare organizations are required to abide by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. This act provides guidelines pertaining to the handling of patient information across a number of platforms.

In an article by Kristen Lee, titled Q&A: The main reason healthcare organizations violate HIPAA, an interview is conducted with Michael Archuleta, director of IT and HIPAA security officer at Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad, Colorado. It is within this interview that Archuleta recommends two important items that can ensure HIPAA compliance:

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4 Simple Tips to Improve Cyber Security Hygiene

Cyber Security Tips

Each year, Verizon compiles a Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). It is a comprehensive summary of data security threats and breaches that helps to better understand the landscape of cyber security.

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Understanding the Basics of Service Level Agreements

Customer Service & Help Desk Service Level Agreements

A service level agreement (SLA) usually refers to the contract between an end-user and a service provider. A completed SLA provides information on specifics, maintenance and other features pertaining to what the customer will receive as a part of the commitment with a provider.

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The Risks and Benefits of Shadow IT

Shadow IT Technology

Shadow IT is a term used to describe solutions and systems created and applied inside organizations without their authorization. While they may not be authorized and can pose security risks, these solutions can aid in the development of new IT solutions.

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