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The Benefits of Configuration Management

Software Configuration Management

Configuration Management, or Software Configuration Management, is the tracking and controlling of software changes in a system. Its purpose is to ensure consistency in performance, functionality, and design. In many ways, configuration management is analogous to the architectural framework of a house that sets the tone for the actual materials, such as lumber and windows. In this case, software configuration would be the framework that is intertwined with tools such as cloud computing and other forms of configuration management database, or CMDB for short.

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Considerations in First Call Resolution Rates

First Call Resolution Rates in Help Desk or Call Centers

It is the dream of every business owner to become bigger, better, and to become a necessary staple in the mind and lives of customers. However, some might not consider the changes that go into accommodating this new and improved status. One of these changes will be the management of your phone system and the way your calls are handled. Once a business rises to a certain size, there has to either be an in-house call center or an outsourcing of these customer service calls to another location, preferably within the geographic area. Why is this? When a business receives a rise in their customer base numbers and want to continue this trend, there will have to be adjustments made to better serve this growing demographic by answering their questions and quelling their concerns. This is when either an evolved help desk system or call center implementation becomes necessary.

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How to Build Software Purchasing Buy-In with Senior Management

Senior Leadership Approval for New Software Products

Does your department need a new software product? Are you a project manager in charge of finding the latest technology for your people? Giva offers insight on the importance of appealing to senior management so as to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes in an article entitled, "Building Buy In: How to Get Senior Leaders On Board with Purchasing New Software," recently published on Business.com.

Opening meaningful dialogue with senior leaders sets a platform for effective communication. Giva's article outlines the four crucial components of conversation when seeking approval for a new product so that you, too, find success for management, you and your group.

5 Ways Leaders Benefit From Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness & Meditation

If you are one of the thousands striving to improve themselves, look no further! Before you search through a chaotic maze of solutions, know that introspection and mindfulness can save you the hassle.

Giva's recent business.com article 5 Ways Meditation and Mindfulness Can Impact Your Career lists five novel ways you can improve yourself and your leadership skills. It guides you through simple and concise tasks you can do at your convenience to ease yourself into a more mindful being.

Giva Customers Are Talking! Athens Regional Health System Case Study

Athens Regional Health System

Athens Regional Health System is one of northeast Georgia's largest healthcare systems. ARHS is made up of an acute care hospital with 350-plus beds, four urgent care centers, a network of quality physicians and specialists, and a home health agency. ARHS was named the Large Hospital of the Year for the State of Georgia by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. Today, ARHS is recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation preferred by women.

The Challenge

Having a quality IT system is critical in running any efficient business, and a large hospital such as ARHS is no exception. Louis Duhé, Vice President and CIO, says that the hospital needed a new solution to their IT needs—one that was more efficient than their current in-house developed help desk application.

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The Next Big Thing In Call Centers: The Emerging Model

Call Centers & The Emerging Model

Traditionally, call centers monitor the calls of customer service employees using methods such as random call monitoring selection, consistent monitoring of a small sample size of employees with five being the optimum number, and a checklist that evaluates the efficiency of the call. This is all done with the goal of decreasing variations between calls, increasing customer quality experiences, and combining all of the data gathered in hopes of creating a standard call checklist that meets all of those requirements. However, it has been revealed that not only is this method of call monitoring and quality assurance outdated, it is also relatively ineffective when compared to the information and results that could be obtained through the usage of the increasingly popular Emerging Model.

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Improving Information Security with IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

ITIL & Information Security & Protection

If your company is bewildered with the relationship between the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and security, you are not alone. Protecting any information is a daunting task, but ITIL can help to bring you to the finish line.

Giva's article, How can IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) improve information security?, recently published by betanews.com, elucidates why ITIL is a very effective way to cork any security holes, and details which specific processes are the best for the task.

Benefits of Consumer Communications Management

Customer Service Communications

The importance and value of cultivating and maintaining customer relationships cannot be overstated. Any business that fails to cater to their customers in ways that are business efficient as well as positively reinforcing, are doing themselves a great disservice. Businesses tend to understate the importance of customer relations management, only focusing on problem solving, rarely prevention. This is a mistake that can cost them dearly. It is rare that businesses can be effective and efficient in all areas. There are three big benefits to having a separate customer service division:

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How to Negotiate a Software License Agreement

Negotiating Software License Agreements

Is your company in the process of selecting a software vendor? Before signing on the dotted line you will want to establish important clarifications and comparisons between vendors as you walk through the process of negotiating a software license agreement (SLA). At face value, negotiating SLA's may seem like a daunting task. With so many aspects to consider, this process can be overwhelming.

In Giva's recent Business.com article "Before You Sign: Important Questions to Ask When Negotiating Software License Agreement," you can learn how to compare software license agreements to fulfill your company's needs. This guide walks you through which questions to ask to ensure that the best option for your company is cost-effective, flexible, and time efficient enabling your business to achieve its full potential.

Customer Service Success from Top Customer Service Companies

Top Customer Service Companies

Last year's Customer Service Hall of Fame list from 24/7 Wall St. highlights the top ten businesses with an "excellent" rating and can be found here. With the list of companies established, the question becomes what makes their customer service so great? Let's zero in on the top five: Kroger, Marriott, Apple, Chick-fil-A, and Amazon to find out.

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