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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

You answer the ringing phone on your desk. "Customer Service. How may I help you?" The response you receive is high pitched with agitation. "Hello, I've been waiting for 3 days and I still have not received my..." You can sense that the caller has sat through many long phone calls before she was able to finally reach you, the Customer Care Manager. She complains about the careless attitude of your company's CS representatives, the slow response time and a long list of other things. You understand from her complaints that she has been repeatedly ignored, lied to and made to chase her own tail. This is the fifth time you receive a call like this today and decide that something must be done.

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7 Best Practices for Knowledge Management Organizational Culture

Knowledge Management Best Practices

The effective implementation of Knowledge Management (KM) can reap great rewards. A decrease in expenses will take place even if an increase in revenue does not occur. However, the reality is that not all businesses are capable of building successful KM databases and most of their issues lie with organizational culture. Here are seven best practices in organizational culture that can help in ensuring a lucrative KM initiative:

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4 Steps to Strengthen Your Digital Customer Service Strategy

Digital Customer Service Strategy

Traditional customer service was very simple. A customer would visit or call the vendor, ask for assistance and that was that. But things have changed. Today, CS points of contact are numerous, more distant and require much more maintenance. However, the one element that has remained a constant all throughout these changes is the end-goal; customer satisfaction. Consequently, businesses are always looking for new ways to further develop their newly digital customer service systems. Listed below are four ways which can make this possible:

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4 Ways Governments Can Improve Service Level Agreements

Improving Service Level Agreements

Service level agreements (SLA) are formal agreements made between two or more parties as it pertains to a particular service. These documents provide guidelines for both the provider and the consumer during the life of a specified contract. A subsidiary of the Canadian Government, called Shared Services Canada (SSC), was formed in 2011 and took aim at adjusting certain parameters around SLAs within the Government of Canada in order to ensure efficiency.

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Top 5 Customer Service Trends in 2018

2018 Top Customer Service Trends

The year 2017 witnessed many significant changes and developments in the customer service industry. Customer service professionals are always looking for ways to keep with the times and meet the constantly evolving customer demands. This is because it is expected that within approximately two years time, customer experience will surpass cost and product as a key brand differentiator. Below is a list five predicted trends in customer service that may appear in 2018:

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5 Signs it is Time to Change Your Help Desk

Help Desk Problems & Issues

Have you noticed that your help desk can no longer support your organization's efficiency levels? Are its service levels at a constant decline? Do you feel that you can receive better value for your money from a better and more accommodating help desk? Here are five indications that your current help desk is no longer the best option for your organization:

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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 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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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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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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