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ALSO CALLED: Helpdesk, Service Desks
DEFINITION: In a business enterprise, a help desk is a place that a user of information technology can call to get help with a problem. In many companies, a help desk is simply one person with a phone number and a more or less organized idea of how to handle the problems that come in. In larger companies, a help desk may consist of a group of experts using software to help track the status of problems and other  … 
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Collaborative IT: A Pragmatic Approach for Bringing the Service Desk and Operations Together
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: This reports looks at best practices and technologies that can support an effective integration of the Service Desk and Operations teams. The report focuses on closed loop incident and problem management, as well as end-to-end change and configuration management, with a particular focus on automation.
Posted: 22 Jul 2010 | Published: 22 Jul 2010

Hewlett-Packard Company

SDI: Next Level Service Desk Strategies
sponsored by Citrix Online UK
EGUIDE: This e-guide reveals the new demands placed on today's service desks. Learn how to adapt to diverse employee needs while delivering consistent and quality customer service.
Posted: 01 Jun 2011 | Published: 01 Jun 2011

Citrix Online UK

Balancing Risk and Innovation with Sourcing Alternatives: Helping IT managers and CIOs raise the ROI of IT
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This paper explains how clients can balance risk and innovation through the use of services from IBM.
Posted: 20 May 2011 | Published: 01 Dec 2010

IBM

Recruit and Build the Right Team for your Service Desk
sponsored by Citrix Online UK
WHITE PAPER: An organization is only as successful as the people who run the Service Desk. Check out this white paper and explore key ways you can recognize the right people to help build your Service Desk team.
Posted: 16 May 2011 | Published: 16 May 2011

Citrix Online UK

Humanising the Service Desk
sponsored by LogMeIn, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Due to technological advances, managers are considering how they operate Service Desks and how they can improve the way they support customers. In this paper, identify key ways to keep the Service Desk human while ensuring customer service stays front and centre.
Posted: 10 May 2011 | Published: 10 May 2011

LogMeIn, Inc.

E-Guide: Best practices and considerations to ensure help desk management success
sponsored by SysAid Technologies
EGUIDE: This e-guide from SearchDataCenter.com explains why it is essential analyze the performance of your service desk to ensure optimal results. Gain expert insight into how to improve IT help desk services with vendor support. And find out how to help staff be more productive by providing them with extra support.
Posted: 20 Apr 2011 | Published: 20 Apr 2011

SysAid Technologies

Automating User Provisioning: A User’s Perspective
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WEBCAST: Catch this FREE webcast to find out how Educational Testing Service (ETS), a private nonprofit organization devoted to educational measurement and research, is leveraging Oracle Identity Manager to meet its user administration needs.
Posted: 09 Mar 2011 | Premiered: Apr 12, 2011, 14:00 EDT (18:00 GMT)

Oracle Corporation

Legacy Remote Control Tools: Not Built for Today’s Helpdesk
sponsored by LogMeIn, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper explores the challenges and hidden costs of supporting a remote workforce with legacy tools. In addition, it identifies best practices that decision makers can use to choose enterprise helpdesk support tools that better meet the needs of remote employees, while helping to reduce costs.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 | Published: 11 Jan 2011

LogMeIn, Inc.

The State of IT Systems Management
sponsored by Kaseya
WHITE PAPER: This white paper is the culmination of the survey results, painting a complete and accurate picture of the most common IT issues affecting IT professionals and Kaseya’s solution to solving these problems.
Posted: 13 Aug 2010 | Published: 13 Aug 2010

Kaseya

7 Habits of Highly Effective Contact Centers and Help Desks
sponsored by eGain Communications Corp.
WHITE PAPER: In this paper, we discuss seven traits of successful contact centers and help desks, backed by stories and tips from our customers - some of the world’s most innovative customer service and support organizations. Read on to learn more about the seven habits that could set your contact center or help desk on the path to success and growth.
Posted: 17 Feb 2010 | Published: 17 Feb 2010

eGain Communications Corp.

Top Ten Essentials for Privileged Account Management
sponsored by FoxT
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover how you can effectively and efficiently control privileged accounts using the latest in adaptive access controls management. You will also learn about how to leverage the latest in Role-Based Access Controls.
Posted: 01 Feb 2010 | Published: 01 Feb 2010

FoxT

Mobilizing I.T. Support to Achieve Efficiency, Speed, and Effectiveness
sponsored by BMC Software, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: To survive in today's economy, your IT organization will face increasing pressure to do more with less and work from anywhere at anytime. Imagine how much more productive your service desk personnel could be if they were able to periodically manage and respond to issues from the field, rather than having to check in at their desktops.
Posted: 26 Jan 2010 | Published: 26 Jan 2010

BMC Software, Inc.

IT Managers Struggle to Make the Right Service Desk Choice!
sponsored by Numara Software
ANALYST REPORT: Dynamic Markets Research Demonstrates that Nearly All IT Managers' Service Desk Solutions are Creating Cost Headaches Beyond the Basic Purchase Price.
Posted: 16 Dec 2009 | Published: 16 Dec 2009

Numara Software

Selection Criteria for Remote Support Tools: “Best-of-Breed” Products Speed ROI for Technology Investment
sponsored by NTR Global
WHITE PAPER: Remote support technology is a very popular service and support automation tool for high-tech companies. Freeware and shareware options are available, but come with their own risks. Leveraging a best-of-breed product can improve operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. Read on to learn what to look for in a remote support platform.
Posted: 29 Oct 2009 | Published: 29 Oct 2009

NTR Global

The 10 Worst Practices for Technical Support and How to Overcome Them
sponsored by NTR Global
WHITE PAPER: This white paper will explore 10 of the "worst practices" that are common to customer support operations. We will discuss how these worst practices can creep in to your contact center and ways to deal with them. We will also touch on how to eliminate well‐intentioned management blunders and discuss good and bad uses of support technology.
Posted: 29 Oct 2009 | Published: 29 Oct 2009

NTR Global

Guide: Desktop Authority Password Self-Service
sponsored by ScriptLogic Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Desktop Authority® Password Self-Service™ provides an easy-to-use, robust system for allowing users to reset their own forgotten passwords or locked accounts, eliminating the biggest source of help desk calls.
Posted: 27 Aug 2009 | Published: 03 Jun 2009

ScriptLogic Corporation

Why You Should Take a Holistic Approach to ITIL and Service Support
sponsored by BMC Software, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In these tough economic times, how do you address the challenge of reducing costs without diminishing your service quality? Companies can lower costs significantly and meet the growing demand for services by taking a more holistic approach. This paper discusses the importance of taking a unified approach to service support management and...
Posted: 18 Jun 2009 | Published: 15 Jun 2009

BMC Software, Inc.

Numara Software Webinar - Track It!
sponsored by Numara Software
WEBCAST: Watch this webinar to get an overview of Numara's Track It! software solution and free trial download that offers everything needed to manage your Help Desk and IT assets while enabling your organization to cost-effectively employ industry best practices.
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 | Premiered: Jun 8, 2009

Numara Software

Driving IT help desk efficiency with customer-centric remote support
sponsored by GoToAssist
WHITE PAPER: Help desk managers servicing large mobile workforces, such as remote employees and workers on the road, face significant challenges. This white paper will examine key IT help desk challenges and reveal the many advantages of customer-centric remote support.
Posted: 07 May 2009 | Published: 01 May 2008

GoToAssist

Help Desk vs. Service Desk: Which One is Right for You
sponsored by Numara Software
WHITE PAPER: This white paper is intended to help support center managers self-assess their center's primary functions and maturity level in order to choose an incident management system that best fits their needs without wasting money on features that will not be used.
Posted: 21 Apr 2009 | Published: 05 Mar 2009

Numara Software

TMA Resources Increases Customer Satisfaction Rates by Four Times with Parature Customer Service™ Software
sponsored by Parature, Inc.
CASE STUDY: In this case study, TMA needed to streamline and automate its manual customer service process to reduce resolution times and improve satisfaction. Learn how Parature Customer Service software reduced time on manual administrative activities by 25%.
Posted: 28 Aug 2008 | Published: 28 Aug 2008

Parature, Inc.

Improving Help Desk Efficiency: Asset Management and Help Desk Optimization
sponsored by TechExcel
WHITE PAPER: This paper explains how asset discovery, and AssetWise Discovery software, plays a vital role in raising help desk efficiency while maintaining customer satisfaction and resolving problems effectively.
Posted: 19 Aug 2008 | Published: 19 Aug 2008

TechExcel

Increased Productivity, Decreased Cost, Happier Employees: First American Meets Its Goals with TechExcel HelpDesk
sponsored by TechExcel
WHITE PAPER: TechExcel's HelpDesk application is unique in the industry, offering a combination of intuitive interfaces, sustainable performance, and total customizability for a reasonable price.
Posted: 19 Aug 2008 | Published: 19 Aug 2008

TechExcel

Best Practices for Home Agents
sponsored by Avaya Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Employing home agents allows you to expand and improve your call center team. And they can be a form of insurance to keep your business running if disaster strikes. This white paper contains best practices for developing a Home Agents program.
Posted: 02 Jun 2008 | Published: 01 Feb 2008

Avaya Inc.

Thirty-One Best Practices for the Service Desk
sponsored by GoToAssist
WHITE PAPER: This paper discusses about the thirty one best practices which can serve as the starting point for various evaluation and improvement process.
Posted: 20 May 2008 | Published: 28 Jun 2005

GoToAssist
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HELP DESKS DEFINITION (continued): …  special software to help analyze problems (for example, the status of a company's telecommunications network).Typically, the term is used for centralized help to users within an enterprise. A related term is call center, a place that customers call to place orders, track shipments, get help with products, and so forth. The World Wide Web offers the possibility of a new, relatively inexpensive, and effectively standard user interface to help desks (as well as to call centers) and appears to be encouraging more automation in help desk service. Some common names for a help desk include: Computer … 

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