Can you get all of the benefits of an in-house Service Desk team, but with the extra flexibility, SLAs and management savings of an external team? The answer could be a truly dedicated outsourced Service Desk.
A keen observer of the managed services market would see that whilst a number of companies claim to have a “dedicated Service Desk”, their interpretation of what that actually constitutes can be very different.
For some, “dedicated” Service Desk simply means staff are dedicated solely to their Service Desk function, but still managing multiple clients.
Our definition of a dedicated Service Desk goes much further – when we refer to a dedicated Service Desk, we are referring to a team that is solely and exclusively dedicated to servicing your business.
An embedded service
We can embed a Service Desk team within your organisation. Their only role is to look after your service requirements and no-one else’s. So, whilst they’re sitting in our offices and managed by us, it means that as a client, you have a team that knows your business intimately and will always be available when you need them.
This saves valuable time and spares the client from waiting while the Service Desk looks up their history to try to get a handle on the organisation and systems they’re supporting.
So why not have an internal Service Desk?
Businesses can go down this route, and many do, but the appeal of outsourcing their Service Desk (particularly for larger organisations) is the convenience of having one less problem to manage. It means that instead, they can focus their time and resources on areas that will grow the business.
The most critical difference though is in the performance requirements that are placed upon external providers. We work to strict SLAs (Service Level Agreements) and are highly incentivised to meet those, with some of our contracts even imposing financial penalties for not meeting those.
Another benefit of our solution is the people management aspect. If there are any issues with Service Desk team members, performance-related or otherwise, we manage and deal with that entire process. The responsibility for attracting and training new team members is also on us. The client doesn’t have to deal with any of that. They know we’re contractually obliged to meet service levels and how we go about that is our problem, not theirs.
Further to that, being part of our team, rather than a direct employee of the client, our Service Desk people benefit from our broader tech focus and the acquired knowledge and training that comes from being part of an ever-evolving managed services company. This saves the client from having to stay up to speed with the latest developments in technology and Service Desk best practices. All that is taken care of by us.
Issues and performance management
Another area where managed services tend to diverge from internal services is the level of reporting that takes place. Outsourced Service Desks, including our own, tend to offer much more detailed and regular reporting.
We provide all our clients with detailed monthly reports, which is something you wouldn’t typically get to the same extent from an internal department. We track everything and provide in-depth coverage on all aspects of our work. This includes how we performed against the SLA on both response and resolution; the breakdown of incidents versus service requests; and drilling down into what are the top issues, who are the top service desk users, and so on.
All of that data can be sliced and diced and trend analysis is performed on it to help identify potential bottlenecks and areas for improvement. This way we can fix issues at their core and ultimately drive incident volumes down. We can readily spot repeat issues or pain points on our clients’ behalf and offer solutions to remedy them. Because of our dedicated focus, we get to understand where issues come from, and create a plan to resolve them.
ITIL-aligned Service Desk methodology
Our Service Desk methodology is ITIL-aligned. ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) is a set of detailed practices for IT service management (ITSM) that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of the business.
Through our ITIL processes and over-arching service management framework, we’re able to deliver consistent and repeatable service outcomes that are measurable and reportable. In so doing, we can help organisations remain compliant with their own governance requirements.
The obvious downside of a dedicated service desk is it does cost more to staff than the equivalent shared service, which typically operates with less spare capacity. So a dedicated service mainly appeals to Enterprise businesses with at least 300+ staff and/or those with a heavy reliance on technology. Businesses that can’t afford the cost of downtime, or simply don’t want to carry the operational disruption of it, need highly responsive support. We find it’s those businesses that tend to look to a dedicated Service Desk solution.
Another determinant is the level of demand placed on the Service Desk. A business may have high staff numbers but relatively low Service Desk call volumes. For those businesses, it doesn’t make sense to invest in a dedicated Service Desk solution.
Where we offer the most value is when organisations place a high demand on their Service Desk. We remove the burden of managing that, and provide a level of performance management and ongoing improvement that is unparalleled.
Is a Dedicated Service Desk your perfect answer?
Talk with our Enterprise Team to find out more.