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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24 October 2018

4 steps for offering every customer a custom service portal

How do you offer your customer a unique customer experience, quick and bespoke service, without spending unnecessary time on it? How do you make it even easier for the customer to find the right information, so you can reduce the burden on your service desk is reduced and the customer is helped faster, while managing your portal doesn't cost extra time? As a consultant, I'm reguarly asked these question. Read on to find how in 4 steps you can filter relevant content for your users, help them find answers more easily and speed up the handling of your service desk.

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12 October 2018

Increasing security for SAAS with Cloudflare

Since 2003, you've had the option to use TOPdesk as a web application. When you use SaaS, you're able to access TOPdesk anywhere you have an internet browser and internet access. 

SaaS offers an ease of accessbility, but the accessiblity and high dependency on availability comes with a risk of attacks on the infrastructure. To make sure that you get an even better experience, TOPdesk is working with Cloudflare to increase security further. Read on to find out how Cloudflare is improving your SaaS experience.

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5 October 2018

All customer agreements in one place with Work Instructions

You’ve been working hard to standardize the services you offer to simplify your processes. However, you’ve just closed a deal and you want to accommodate certain agreements within those standard services. Think of a customer who wants to receive an update email when a certain problem has been solved. It’s the small things that count and we aim for service excellence, right? And how do you ensure that everyone is aware of the agreements? Read on to find out how Work Instructions solves this problem for you.

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12 September 2018

Empower your callers and let them share calls


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

Disruptions in your services often affect multiple persons. And when callers have raised a ticket about a broad issue, they might want to keep colleagues in the loop. For users who share the same job, passing on information on filed requests is sometimes even considered part of their work.

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28 August 2018

Notes in the TOPdesk Kanban Board

In January, you were first introduced to the Kanban Board for Call Management. With this board, you’re able to visualize workloads for Lean and Agile teams. Now it’s time to take your agile process a step further with Notes. Notes are flexible tasks you use separately or in combination with calls already on the Kanban Board. Notes make the Kanban Board even more suitable for various types of teams. Read on to see how different teams can use the board!

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21 August 2018

Self-service versus chat: is chat the way forward?

We get it. At TOPdesk we advised you to set up a Self-Service Portal, and you’ve followed our advice. Once you implemented your portal, the phone stopped ringing and customers now use it 90% of the time to request your products or services. Good job! Four months later, and you hear about the scheduled launch of a new TOPdesk chat module. Hang on – is TOPdesk now suggesting that you should go back to 1-on-1 conversations between customers and service desk staff?

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