We at Micro Doctor are continuously striving to improve our availability and service levels to our clients. To that end this article will provide information on the best ways to reach us and what happens when you do. By providing this information, we hope to help set expectations of what you can expect to happen on a service call and help you communicate with our service staff.
There are a number of ways to reach us to report a service need. You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at (330) 898-2100, or enter a service request on our customer service Web portal at the following link Customer Service Web Portal. For our Managed Services clients, we also have an additional direct phone line that bypasses all call attendants and lights up the phones of everyone in our office.
By far, the quickest and easiest way to request service is to simply send an e-mail to email@example.com. Upon receipt, our Connectwise service provider management software identifies who you are by the return e-mail address in your message. It then creates a service ticket, populates it with appropriate identifying information and your description of the problem. It is then placed directly in our triage queue without human intervention. Within 15 minutes, our dispatcher will review the ticket, ensure that it contains all the information we need to successfully address it, ensure that it is set to the appropriate priority, and place it in the schedule of the appropriate technician in the next available time slot. You will receive an e-mail notification when it is received into our system and when it is scheduled for service. If you have concerns about the priority, the schedule timing, or anything else in the ticket, feel free to call our dispatcher at (330) 898-2100 x100 at any time to resolve your concerns.
The Micro Doctor Customer Service Web portal, among other things, provides our clients the ability to instantly enter a service request that follows the same procedure outlined above. The advantage of using the portal is that you are presented with many more choices to clarify and prioritize your request. Access to the portal is free for all active clients and you can also check the status of all active tickets, review previous service issues, invoices, and view service related reports/trends. If you don’t know your credentials to the portal, you can e-mail or call us. We would be happy to provide them to you.
If you call our main phone number to enter your service request, you can simply press 2 to be connected to our service and support department. The person you speak with will ask you for appropriate information to populate your service request and enter it for you. It will then follow the same process outlined above.
Once the appointment time for your service arrives, the next steps it takes depends on whether it is an “on-site” request, or a “remote service” request. If on-site, the technician will have already changed the ticket from a status of Scheduled to a status of Enroute while they drive from their previous location to yours. Upon arrival, the technician will change the ticket status from Enroute to In-Progress. You will receive an e-mail at each of these status changes so you know when the technician is on the way and when they have arrived at your facility.
If your issue can be addressed remotely, the technician will change the ticket’s status from Scheduled to In-Progress once they start working on it. You will receive an instant e-mail notification of this change. If the technician requires additional information or needs to remotely access your computer, they will call you at this time to get the information or permission to access your machine. During business hours, we will always call to get permission to access your computer before doing so. After business hours, we assume there is nobody on your computer and will access it as necessary without calling unless your company has specified that we should not have unaccompanied access. In any case everything we do while logged on to your PC is tracked and documented in a log file on your PC automatically.
As your issue is being resolved, the technician will be continually documenting the actions they are taking to accomplish resolution of your issue. They will also be saving any documents generated, credentials used, or people contacted during resolution for future review. You can view most of this documentation by logging into the Micro Doctor Customer Service Web portal and either looking at the specific ticket or performing a search of your proprietary knowledgebase on the portal. This will search only information generated for your company and not other clients.
If the technician requires additional information during the course of service and they can’t reach you by phone or e-mail, they will change the ticket status to “Waiting on Client”. This means that we require additional information to move forward and you will be notified by e-mail of this status change. If you receive a “Waiting on Client” notice, please contact our office as soon as is convenient to expedite resolution of your issue. If we don’t hear from you for an extended time, we will continue to try to contact you.
Once the technician has resolved your issue, they will change the ticket to a status of “Completed”. This triggers a number of activities. It sends you an e-mail to let you know of the completion and gives you an opportunity to comment or respond. The status change also notifies our service manager and dispatcher that this work has been completed so they can begin their processes of reviewing the work to ensure that it was completed properly and that all stated goals of the service were accomplished. Once these reviews are completed, the ticket will be changed to a status of “Closed”. You will also be notified of this to give you an additional chance to comment.
The notifications that you receive can be customized on a company by company basis. Most companies like to watch the progress of their service requests, but if the e-mails become too much for you, we can configure our system to not notify you on some or all status changes as you wish.
After your service ticket is closed, all of the documentation generated during the course of the engagement is automatically collected and a subset is presented to you on your invoice.
So there it is…. The anatomy of a Micro Doctor service call. I know this process seems complex and time consuming, but in actuality, 95% of it is automated. It has allowed us to provide first class engagement documentation while at the same time reducing the amount of time it takes us to document. This has allowed us to vastly increase our operational efficiency and perform more service with fewer technicians. We pass our cost savings on to you in the form of performing more work in less time and at a lower cost.
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