Benefits of helpdesk software

Helpdesk software benefits the entire business and its customers

Helpdesk software is a broad term for business software that can add value and productivity to a number of key areas within the enterprise. From a broad perspective, properly configured and utilised helpdesk software has a positive influence on the end-user clients (employees, contacts etc) of an enterprise, the helpdesk staff, helpdesk management and the enterprise as a whole.

The HelpMaster suite of helpdesk software from PRD Software has been specifically designed for the modern helpdesk environment. Below are just some of benefits for the key players within the enterprise.

Benefits for clients - the end users

Helpdesk software has many advantages for the end-client.

When a client has an issue that needs to be addressed they have a common point-of-call that they can contact - the helpdesk. They know that their issue is being correctly logged, assigned and actioned by specialised software, instead of being lost in paper work, or verbally being “handed” around the office. Additionally, the client gets the benefit of staying in the communication loop via the power and ease of automated email correspondence that a helpdesk system can provide. Their personal history is recorded for future reference so that trends and trouble areas can be quickly identified and addressed.

With the use of the HelpMaster Internet Web Portal, clients are also able to log-on to an Internet site and then log their own issues, check on their progress and resolve them if they are no longer a problem. Clients can do this from any location where they have access to an Internet browser. This means supporting clients in remote locations just got a whole lot easier.

Summary of benefits

  • Standard way of reporting helpdesk issues
  • Helpdesk history to establish and identify problem areas with equipment, training etc
  • Confidence that each issue has been logged and is being dealt with
  • Better and more timely service
  • Access to knowledge base
  • Internet access to log their own jobs, or check on progress
  • Automatic notification about status of helpdesk job

The bottom line for the client is that they get better and timely service. Recurring issues can be prevented and they have confidence that nothing will “fall through the cracks”.

Benefits for helpdesk staff - the day-to-day users of helpdesk software

A modern helpdesk requires modern helpdesk software. A helpdesk that uses paper, email, or some “home-grown” helpdesk system will at some point reach it’s limits in terms of functionality and performance. Helpdesk staff are computer literate people who should be able to utilise the latest advancements in helpdesk software. This is where HelpMaster can greatly assist.

HelpMaster allows helpdesk staff to have all the necessary tools to log, analyze and assist in the resolution of helpdesk issues. The central database allows all staff to monitor other “job queues” as well as being able to report on client helpdesk history. With the use of add-on tools such as the Priority Manager, jobs can be pro-actively managed for timeliness, accuracy and structured workflow.

Summary of benefits

  • Central database of client details, helpdesk history and resolution tools
  • Action log to record every event in a helpdesk job history
  • Structured workflow for all helpdesk activity
  • Automated escalation tools to assist in timely support

Benefits for management

Helpdesk managers benefit from helpdesk software because they know that a large part of the daily running of a helpdesk is automated by the effective use of helpdesk software. They know that their staff are being assigned jobs, are using a structured workflow and are required by the system to provide accurate and timely service. Managers can quickly generate meaningful reports that can highlight performance bottlenecks, recurring client issues, and outstanding service. They are able to quickly configure complex escalation and service level agreement rules so that their helpdesk support is effective and provides the level of service that clients demand.

Summary of benefits

  • A way of enforcing staff to use a specific workflow
  • An automated way to apply service level agreements
  • An automated way to perform helpdesk escalations
  • Statistical and trend reports to identify problem areas and increase helpdesk efficiency
  • Provide better service to clients

Benefits for the enterprise

Overall, the entire enterprise benefits from effective helpdesk software.

Clients that stop work due to technology problems are non-productive. Helpdesk staff that don’t have the tools and information to resolve problems are ineffective. Managers that can’t provide or work from meaningful reports are not managing. All of these things affect the bottom line of the enterprise. In a recent Gartner Group survey, the vast majority of those surveyed deemed the helpdesk to be a “strategic asset” within the enterprise.

  • Increased “up-time” for productive employees.
  • Technology problems are minimised and addressed in a timely manner
  • Clients, staff and management have modern tools to work effectively
  • Leverage use of the Internet to provide support to remote clients

For further information on this topic, please refer to the PRD Software website, or contact PRD Software directly.