Service and Support as a Business

Presented by

Jeff Rumburg, Managing Partner at MetricNet

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Most IT professionals are familiar with the operational metrics of service and support. KPIs such as cost per ticket, first contact resolution rate, and mean time to resolve are well understood and almost universally applied. Yet even support organizations that have mastered these metrics and achieved a degree of operational success often struggle to gain visibility and credibility within their own enterprise. The all-too-common result is that service and support operates at a subsistence level, and lacks the necessary resources to deliver effective levels of support. The business world offers a potential solution to this dilemma. When a business is not performing well, investments in the business dry up because there is no reasonable expectation of earning a profit. By contrast, businesses that are profitable receive adequate funding because they are able to attract investment capital seeking a positive return. So what would happen if IT service and support organizations began operating more like businesses, and were able to attract funding and other resources based upon their profitability? In this presentation Jeff Rumburg, Managing Partner at MetricNet, reveals an approach for managing IT service and support as a business. Additionally, he proposes a handful of business metrics that can be used to quantify and communicate the profitability of service and support. Finally, he discusses the need to adopt a paradigm shift for any service and support organization that aspires to realize the benefits of operating as a true business.

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MetricNet is the global leader in IT Service and Support and Contact Center benchmarking. More than half of the FORTUNE 500 rely on MetricNet benchmarks to improve and optimize their performance. MetricNet is the first, and still the only company to offer downloadable service desk and desktop support benchmarks from their website. With a global benchmarking database of nearly 4,000 IT Service and Support benchmarks, MetricNet has the most comprehensive database of process and performance metrics in the industry. Mr. Rumburg is the winner of the Ron Muns Lifetime Achievement Award, was named one of HDI’s Top 25 Thought Leaders in Technical Support and Service Management for 2016, 2017 and 2018, and has served on HDI’s strategic advisory board. He is co-founder and Managing Partner of MetricNet, LLC, where he is responsible for global strategy, product development, and client engagement delivery. As a leading expert in benchmarking and re-engineering, Mr. Rumburg authored a best selling book on benchmarking, and has been retained as a benchmarking expert by such iconic companies as American Express, Intel, Coca Cola, and Emory Healthcare.