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Entries by Aprill Allen

What happens when self-service works well

It’s really exciting to see customer support and customer service becoming a career path of choice. In the 90s, customer service was something most people sought to transition out of. In my case, it was burnout that drove me to seek more specialised L2 & L3 analyst roles, before ‘retiring’ from customer-facing roles altogether. …

How Can You Make Self-Service More Useful?

Regardless of your industry, a knowledge base can completely revolutionise the way your customers and employees feel about using your product or service. Chances are, you already have a knowledge base. But if you’re getting less than desirable feedback from your employees and customers about using it, you may be wondering: how can I …

Are Chatbots Bad for Customer Service?

Chatbots are becoming a common part of our everyday online interactions. They help us with directions, to order food, and increasingly, they provide customer service. Many commercial websites have a chatbot cheerfully greet us on landing, standing ready to respond to our every need. But are these chirpy programs actually providing good customer service? …

KCS and ITIL 4

ITIL 4 has been launched and the Foundation material is in the early stages of being disseminated. I’ve done the training and taken the exam, and while it’s fresh in my mind, I wanted to note down how well-aligned ITIL’s new guiding principles are with KCS. Even more so, than the connections that were obvious …

The role of the board in knowledge management and digital transformation

Digital transformation is a standing agenda item for almost all boards, but what does it mean, exactly? Essentially, “digital transformation is about how an organisation uses technology to better compete”. It’s more than simply digitising documents and switching people from paper-based forms to web-based forms. It’s more than looking for ways to realise operational …

How to Integrate a Knowledge Management Program in Your Organisation

Knowledge has become an invaluable asset in today’s business world, it is the fuel that an organisation needs to sustain itself in its environment. A knowledge management program (KMP) is designed to help organisations utilise this invaluable asset and maximise efficiency, productivity, and also the quality of products and services that it provides to …

Helping Employees Meet the Demands of Ever-Changing IT

Technology continues to advance at an exponential rate, and businesses are struggling to keep up. One way to stay relevant in a crowded, sophisticated marketplace is to employ workers who can emulate the dizzying pace of progress. That isn’t as difficult as it sounds. It may be simply a matter of how — and …

Introducing the Service Intelligence Layer

The consumerisation of workplace apps is finally addressing the long-neglected software experience of the enterprise user. Our workday-selves are now being treated to the kind of attractive interfaces and convenient procurement paths that our weekend-selves have had for some time.

The laser-focused problem-solving of modern software has created new challenges that now need addressing, though. …

The 8 pillars of a knowledge management strategy

There’s no standard definition of knowledge management and there’s a lack of understanding of what it is and where it fits, or should fit, in an organisation’s management toolset.
In my view, knowledge management is the strategic director of many activities to do with mobilising knowledge throughout an organisation and between the business and its …

When we don’t know what we know

One of the biggest obstacles organisations have when they introduce a learning and development program for the first time is designing a curriculum. Creating individual content for an e-learning system, for example, can be a daunting exercise—not unlike the writer facing a blank page. Even preparing a new team member with what they need …