4 February 2019

Permissions per asset type

The most often requested feature so far for Asset Management has just been released: permissions per asset type. Using Asset Management across multiple departments will be a lot easier now that you're able to limit access to certain asset types!

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20 December 2018

Easy access to your knowledge base

Editor's note: this post was updated in January 2019.

TOPdesk strongly emphasizes the importance of empowering your users. To put it differently, to shift left left. Especially when your organization serves a large user base, as it is the case with public services and universities, you immensely benefit from self-reliant users who find answers and solutions without the help of a service desk. The key for service organizations to successfully live this concept is to offer information about services as accessible as possible.

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3 December 2018

This week in Labs: TOPdesk's very own Chat

Why wait till January to start with a new resolution?

Sometimes, your callers need a one-on-one conversation to get their answer. But what do you do when calling is too disruptive and inefficient for your service desk? Walk-by support has certain benefits, but physical boundaries often make it far from ideal. Chat is a solution to help you in that.

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30 November 2018

Security as a Service

TOPdesk makes every effort to guarantee the security of their customers’ data. We closely follow the developments in hosting and application security, and continuously work on making our products safer. To cover the broad range of security needs, TOPdesk relies on internal expertise as well as services of specialized partners. 

When implementing security measures, we strive to keep the impact for customers as little as possible. However, we cannot avoid that customers do experience some impact of these changes nevertheless. In the course of introducing the gateway service Passlayer, for example, support for URL authentication for HTTP requests is removed and customers might need to adjust existing requests. In a case like this, TOPdesk will of course inform you and assist you where needed.

So much for the possible work that can arise out of security changes. How will you benefit from the different security efforts TOPdesk makes? 

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28 November 2018

Checklists in calls - templates for assignable subtasks

When you want to standardize your service delivery in TOPdesk, you have several options with Call Management. Standard solutions help you quickly solve calls with templates, and partial calls help you to split up calls and assign the various parts to different people. But until recently it wasn't possible to create a template containing assignable subtasks; to do so you needed the templates in Change Management. 

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16 November 2018

Tap into the power of the crowd with peer-to-peer support

In every organization, there are power users who've immersed themselves in all features and quirks of (niche) applications. Do you currently have ways to harness this slumbering knowledge? It is what peer-to-peer support is about: making this knowledge accessible.

With the new Sharing calls feature, TOPdesk facilitates this emerging collaborative support channel.

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14 November 2018

Guides to service excellence

You may have heard of our new tagline: Guides to service excellence. But what does it mean?

To answer this question, we created this video. It shows a little bit of who we are. What we strive towards. And how we help you achieve service excellence.

 

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12 November 2018

Revisiting the Virtual Appliance release plan

Previously, I talked about the release plan for the Virtual Appliance, TOPdesk's solution for an on-premises service-oriented architecture. Development hasn't stood still since then. TOPdesk is busy improving and testing the Virtual Appliance. However, the results of internal tests have highlighted certain areas that don't meet the standards that should be available to you. Read to find out what you can expect for the future Virtual Appliance release. 

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31 October 2018

Importing made easy

Imports and integrations... if those words made you flinch, I can assure you you're not the only one. There is often a certain degree of complexity involved where you need assistance and that just feels costly and not self-reliant.

No more! TOPdesk has introduced a new importing wizard that guides you through all the different steps, from selecting a source to mapping how data should end up in TOPdesk. Read on to see how you're able to easily set up your imports yourself!

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30 October 2018

Meet the Passlayer

If you've read the architecture blogs, you'll know that TOPdesk is moving towards a (micro) service-oriented architecture. This architecture is full redesign of the TOPdesk product so that you benefit from new improvements in technology. However, redesigning the architecture also results in a number of challenges. One such challenge is the need to rebuild some of the basic building blocks from scratch. These components were built into the TOPdesk application, such as authentication, session management, authorization and logging, but need to be separated to offer the components as services. 

The Passlayer is the first block that is being rebuilt. But what is the Passlayer? The Passlayer is a gateway service that all requests from the outside need to pass through access TOPdesk services. It takes care of authentication and session management. Read on to find out how you benefit from the Passlayer.

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