Effective knowledge management (KM) is essential to almost any business. Regardless of its size or subject matter, a company should use the knowledge it possesses in the most effective way possible. Techopedia gives a detailed definition of KM, but essentially KM is about sharing information and applying it to situations. KM helps to create a sort of "knowledge network" so that when someone does not know something, they have an easy way to find an answer. Here are some reasons why KM is important for businesses:
If you have worked in any kind of customer service position, chances are you have heard the phrase, "The customer is always right," from those in management positions above you, who hoped to instill some sense of diplomacy within you during your often rushed training sessions. What these managers often fail to explain (but we all very well know) is that the customer is not always right, but in most cases, you should make them feel that you understand their complaints and will take everything they say into consideration in order to make their future customer service experience better. Focusing on customer retention and satisfaction will build a better brand for the company through everyday subtle marketing and results. You want to gain a reputation for excellence and accountability when things go wrong. There are two important ways to do this—diplomacy and accountability, which both go hand in hand, and survey and application, which are two of a kind.
The operating system (OS) in your device is as vital to it as your blood is to you. Without an OS, any device is essentially just a shell. Every new device that you buy comes with an OS, usually the latest version from the manufacturer you have selected. When you get the device, you get the OS. That is the good news. The question marks start appearing at the same time as the little pop-up window in the corner of your screen that tells you it is time to upgrade your OS. Here are some of the pros and cons of moving to the latest version of your OS.
Is your company's help desk up to date? Test your business with Giva's recent article 13 Ways to Develop Your Company's Help Desk Best Practices to find out what your company does well and what they can improve on.
A strong help desk is often the cornerstone of good customer service. Your company needs to be sure that its help desk is optimized and that your customers are getting the service they deserve. Giva's article suggests various tools and strategies for developing a help desk that satisfies your customers' needs.
There comes a time in every person's life where they face what can be a dreaded situation—a lack of knowledge on a subject. Whether you missed the memo or just genuinely have a lack of knowledge of the subject at hand, this can be a very embarrassing situation. This is especially true when you are in a business or professional setting, and people depend on you to have all of the answers.
In business, companies are always looking for new techniques to ensure customer loyalty and capture new customers into a relationship of lifelong loyalty to their brand. Believe it or not, there is a very simple, even old school technique for garnering this kind of loyalty from your customers. It's simply aligning your business brand, whatever that may be, with customer service. You may not think something as simple as this can actually generate new business, but It would be a mistake to discount it because of its simplicity.
Feeling unimaginative? Needing a new way of looking at your business and how you lead it? Giva's recent article "How to Inspire the Mind of a Company Leader" looks at how to view your brain as an asset that should be managed with care.
Your brain is the key to your business. How you treat your brain will determine the value of the ideas that come from it. Giva's article takes you through a series of questions and makes suggestions for investing in your brain as an asset. The ROI from your brain may be greater than you realize!
A Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is used to keep track of the different parts of an IT environment. Generally, CMDBs are convenient for modeling potential changes in IT, identifying where problems are occurring within an IT environment, and providing transparency for a company's system in case of audits or legal issues. A CMDB is like a big map of an IT environment and there are many things to consider when building the database. For more information, you can read our previous blog post on How a CMDB is Helpful.
For years now, many businesses have been moving to create a customer-focused culture. Putting together teams to work on projects that are too large for one individual is not a new concept either. When a team works together, it should be with the same customer-focused mentality that the business always strives to promote.
Those working in the business world or the IT field probably have a basic idea of what a Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is. Techopedia defines and explains what a CMDB is in detail here, but essentially a CMDB is collected data that concerns the IT infrastructure of a business or organization. A CMDB will store all the IT data, but how is that helpful?