• Here are some of the notable observations from the essays of the winning sites. They are listed below and explained in this report. This Report is included with ASP membership. Not an ASP Member?  Join Today
  • The Top Ten Best Web Support Performance Categories and maximum scoring values are introduced and defined in this report. This Report is included with ASP membership. Not an ASP Member?  Join Today
  • This report introduces the approach and metrics companies can use to define and measure the efficiency and productivity of support staff and resources.  Support productivity metrics include Case Handling Productivity, First Contact Case Closure Productivity, Case Closure Productivity. This Report is available to ASP Members. Not an ASP Member?  Join Today
  • This Perspective introduces the definition of Technical Support Excellence and outlines the steps to attain it. This Report is available to ASP Members. Not an ASP Member?  Join Today
  • Automation of Technical Support or Customer Success functions can yield great returns, yet these service activities can be difficult to replicate with systems. To effectively automate service activities, it is critical that the underlying processes be fully understood and analyzed to determine their appropriateness for automation. Effective service automation requires a combination of enabling technologies, robust content, and a willingness by customers to use these systems.  This report examines the intricacies and challenges associated with automating the support process and examines opportunities for significant cost efficiencies. This Report is available to ASP Members and Guests. Not an ASP Member?  Join Today
  • First Contact Resolution (FCR) measures the percent of cases reported through assisted support channels that are acknowledged to be resolved by the customer as a result of the initial interaction with a qualified support representative. FCR is a common metric used throughout the technology services and broader customer services industries. While widely used the underlying inputs and assumptions that makeup FCR vary widely. A consistent definition for FCR is essential to performance benchmarking against companies and industry segments. More importantly a well-defined method for measuring FCR assures that the insights gained from FCR performance will point to meaningful corrective actions to improve support efficiency and effectiveness. This report presents a consistent framework to measure how efficiently each customer question gets to the person that has the skills, knowledge and tools to provide the right answer the first time the customer engages with Support. This Report is available to ASP Members. Not an ASP Member?  Join Today
  • Before you can effectively measure and improve customer satisfaction you must have a clear understanding of what satisfaction is. Satisfaction is primarily an indication that an expectation has been met. Satisfaction is a subjective measure that will vary based on the personal preferences, perceptions, and experiences of an individual. Customers typically indicate that they are satisfied when their expectations are met or exceeded. Because people will likely have different expectations, two customers that experience the same outcome or quality of service may express different levels of satisfaction. This Report is available to ASP Members. Not an ASP Member?  Join Today
  • The way we interact with customers directly affects the way they perceive us. When we are responsive, attentive, willing, and able to provide the information or assistance they need, we increase the likelihood of providing a positive experience. When we are difficult to do business with, unable or unwilling to satisfy customers’ needs, indifferent, inept, or rude, chances are the customer will have a bad experience. This Report is available to ASP Members. Not an ASP Member?  Join Today
  • How does a company set appropriate salaries for the jobs it has to fill? The conventional answer is that HR managers are supposed to offer “market-based” pay—that is, high enough to attract (or retain) talented people, but not more generous than is necessary to fill those jobs. But that answer doesn’t tell us where “market-based” benchmarks come from. In actual practice, companies typically look at salaries at peer-level companies, to get apples-to-apples alignment with the pay levels that their most direct counterparts are currently offering.
  • Over the years, we’ve noticed that the site developers who enter each year’s Best Sites competition often focus on an ever-changing short list of common challenges that have shaped their current upgrade strategies. This year, clearly, one high-priority concern has been how to create bigger and better online communities—and that’s a trend with big implications.
  • Technology pundits are always on the lookout for “disruptive” changes in the software world, but they’ve consistently missed one of the biggest transformations of the last few years—the greatly expanded role of services. Though there are still major companies (notably Microsoft) that remain almost exclusively product-centric, most successful software vendors these days have adopted a business model that depends heavily on services. Among larger companies, services typically generate more than half of all corporate revenues; for powerhouse vendors like SAP and Oracle, the services ratio often exceeds two-thirds of revenues and a substantially larger share of profits. That shift in emphasis from products to services has happened quietly, but it’s definitely the new economic reality of the software business.
  • This is the twentieth year for ASP’s Top Ten Best Support Websites competition. We are privileged to say that many of the world’s best-known companies still compete regularly. These include such brands as Cisco, Dell, Intel, IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, and Microsoft. While not all of these competed this year, they all have competed many times during the past twenty years. However, not all of our competitors are well-known. There are many mid-size and small companies as well. We have always maintained that those who benefit the most are not the ten winners, but those who entered without much chance of winning and gained valuable insights into how to improve their sites.