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Satisfaction with IT service desks improved in 65% of companies following COVID-19 lockdowns; rising to 72% in public sector organisations

14 September 2021. The notion of IT assist has dramatically improved due to the profitable response of service desks to the pandemic, lockdowns and dealing from house. In accordance with new analysis from the Service Desk Institute (SDI), sponsored by Dawn Software program, 65% of organisations stated that the general enterprise now has a extra constructive view of IT assist, with simply 4% seeing a decline in satisfaction. This rose to 72% in public sector organisations, the place solely 2% say perceptions had worsened.

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Emphasising the significance of conserving organisations operational, 61% of respondents within the analysis had supported key employees throughout the disaster, growing to 83% within the public sector.

The analysis underlines that the challenges of the pandemic acted as a catalyst for wide-ranging, deep adjustments in IT assist that are anticipated to be maintained at tempo. It led to accelerated digital transformation, better use of collaboration instruments and new, extra agile methods of working that present a platform for persevering with change.

The more and more constructive view of IT assist prolonged to customers, who now depend on service desks to assist them when working from house in a hybrid working atmosphere. Respondents to the survey stated that 62% of finish customers now have an improved notion of IT assist, with an additional 22% reporting that satisfaction was already excessive pre-pandemic and remained so.

Over 9 in 10 (92%) of these surveyed stated their organisation had tailored very or moderately nicely to house working, underpinned by the help delivered by IT assist groups. This was all the way down to cautious planning – 70% stated they had been nicely ready for the change to distant working for each customers and IT assist workers alike, though 32% would have appreciated to have examined plans extra. 91% of respondents stated that IT service workers had tailored nicely to the transition, regardless of beforehand getting used to working collectively in the identical bodily workplace.

“The pandemic precipitated immense disruption and struggling internationally, but in addition pressured historically planning-driven IT service desks to push out transformation virtually in a single day,” stated Tessa Troubridge, Managing Director, Service Desk Institute. “The change to alternative ways of working eliminated boundaries and meant that the tempo of change and adoption of recent practices was turbo-charged. Because of this, IT service administration is now recognised as business-critical by each administration and customers alike. Transferring ahead, conserving this proactive focus is important as organisations turn into extra digital and reliant on IT in a fast-changing world.”

Publish-COVID organisations are utilizing the momentum to drive their methods to fulfill altering wants. 47% of all organisations (and 59% of the general public sector) are specializing in ‘shift left’, enabling extra environment friendly use of sources as finish customers clear up primary or widespread points themselves by entry to information and automatic processes. In flip, the service desk staff can then reprioritise, specializing in extra complicated points or strategic areas. Practically half (46%) stated they may proceed to maneuver ahead on the identical tempo and be extra agile in how they function after the pandemic.

The analysis additionally discovered a direct correlation between the flexibleness and degree of configuration of the IT service administration (ITSM) instruments respondents used and their success at supporting customers throughout the pandemic. Of those who had considerably tailor-made their ITSM software program to fulfill their particular person wants, 86% stated it met their necessities throughout the transition to homeworking and past. Compared, simply 60% of these with tough to configure instruments stated they met their ongoing necessities. Given the excessive risk of future disruption, guaranteeing ITSM instruments are configured to fulfill wants and simply tailored is subsequently business-critical.

“As a provider to service desks throughout the UK we noticed how IT stepped as much as the problem of the pandemic, pushed typically untried processes to the fore and successfully enabled each key employee and worker with their very own private digital transformation,” stated Geoff Rees, Director of Gross sales & Operations, Dawn Software program. “Cellular expertise, collaboration instruments, self-service, automation and adaptability (to not point out strong Wi-Fi) all turned a part of daily working, and it appears loads of it’s right here to remain. As an business, IT assist learnt so much and must be pleased with the half groups proceed to play in supporting organisations as we transfer out of lockdowns and into the long run.”

As a part of the analysis, respondents had been requested for his or her insights into how the pandemic affected the service desk. Feedback included:

  • “Digital adoption took off and safety wants had been heightened.”
  • “Priorities had been to retain as near a enterprise as regular assist as potential – after which capitalise on this to enhance as we realized and tailored.”
  • “It reaffirmed a ‘cloud first’ technique, the deal with core providers and in addition elevated the reliance on self-service for finish customers.”
  • “The pandemic pushed the necessity for self-service and for inside clients to take extra possession.”
  • “We began utilizing chat bots, automated extra processes and stimulated the usage of self-service inside the person neighborhood.”
  • “What the pandemic has achieved is to speed up how rapidly we moved to homeworking and alter folks’s perceptions of it. We’re seemingly just a few years forward of the place we’d have been.”
  • “We learnt to be open to innovation and creativity, at all times search out new methods of working.”

The Altering Priorities: The Restoration and Regeneration of IT Service Administration report relies on a web based survey of 190 IT service desk/IT workers. 56% had been within the personal sector, 35% within the public sector and 9% had been inside the third sector (charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations).

A webinar to debate the findings is being held on 30th September at 11am – to register for this and the complete report click on right here: https://www.servicedeskinstitute.com/occasion/covid-reshaping-it-support-survey-observations-lessons/

About SDI
SDI units the globally recognised greatest follow requirements that present clear and measurable benchmarks for service desk operations and professionals. The requirements are designed to encourage service desks to embrace and worth greatest follow with a view to elevate the standard of service supply. For extra details about SDI, please go to www.servicedeskinstitute.com

About Dawn Software program
Dawn Software program’s experience in Service Administration is constructed on its work with lots of of shoppers throughout all sectors for over 25 years. In an age the place buyer and worker dependencies on expertise are excessive, we help organisations to higher handle enterprise processes and obtain their objectives. Dawn’s clients use our software program to simply create, observe and report on office duties, occasions and actions and to construct and adapt associated course of workflows, delivering better productiveness and satisfaction throughout the organisation.

Dawn’s software program gives the spine for delivering and managing IT and different providers enterprise-wide. Our service administration options are applied through configurable templates for IT, MSP and HR service desks on a platform which is additional adaptable throughout departments corresponding to Buyer Service, Finance or Services.

Headquartered in Chessington, UK, Dawn options are delivered as SaaS on IBM Cloud, or put in on-premise.

For extra info:
Zoe James
Head of Advertising and marketing
Service Desk Institute
+44 1689 889100
zoej@sdi-e.com

Ann James
Advertising and marketing Director
Dawn Software program
+44 208 391 3244
ajames@sunrisesoftware.com

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