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Help Desk & IT Infrastructure

help-desk-and-it-infrastructureProviding help desk support to employees as well as IT infrastructure support can be a challenging task for a large organization with onsite, offsite and offshore locations. Our client, one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation, was faced with such a challenge.

As the organization began to grow independently from their parent company since 2001, our Client quickly outpaced their initial IT infrastructure staff, support model and processes. Initially, the company utilized internal employees to provide help desk support for the corporate headquarters, which housed in excess of 500 employees. This support model however was not sustainable nor scalable to service the needs of remote locations. The client’s attempt to use a third-party, offsite help desk support company resulted in only minimal support and little incident follow-through.

As a result, our client’s lack of IT infrastructure support personnel and documented escalation and tracking processes had both direct and indirect impact on employee satisfaction and productivity.

Action:

Y&L’s solution was to combine the right people, processes and metrics custom fit to our client’s needs. The customized 24x7x365 onsite and offsite help desk solution for our client included phone, email and live chat support for close to 2,000 end users and 1,850 work stations globally. In addition, Y&L’s team provided Tier 1& 2 in-person workstation and multifunction printer support for more than 600 users and 500 workstations at our client’s headquarters.

In addition to providing a higher level of support that our client employees had not experienced before, Y&L made sure to create a solid working relationship with all of the other departments within our client’s IT organization, opening up communication and knowledge transfer (critical elements for addressing Tier 3 infrastructure issues).

Further, Y& L provided 24×7 server monitoring, patching, after hours and weekend phone support, which dramatically improved access and availability for the organization.

Impact:

Today, as a result of Y&L’s help desk and IT infrastructure support, our client is able to focus on the future, staying a step ahead of growth and changes in technology as opposed to trying to keep up with them.

Within the first three months of working with the client, Y& L was able to resolve almost three times the number of incidents reported by the organization’s previous help desk provider. Response times also dramatically decreased. Y&L noted that when they first began working with the client it took close to 147 hours on average to resolve a Level 2 incident or service request. Just a year later, Y&L Consulting’s team had that response time down to 38 hours.

Our client has seen a dramatic increase in end user satisfaction, a faster response time in resolving user reported issues and a significant support cost savings for the organization.

Going beyond help desk support, Y&L, during its course of working with our client’s employees, have also identified significant cost saving opportunities. For example, when tracking down loaner cell phones, Y&L discovered that our client was paying over $120,000 annually in mobile services on devices that were no longer being utilized. Y&L also has been involved in major enterprise level infrastructure initiatives such as upgrading all computers to Window 7 from Windows XP and rolling out cost reducing technology such as the virtualization of desktop computers. In order to make many of these initiatives successful, Y&L and our client had to operate as one team.

Y&L’s service expertise and knowledge-based collaboration continue to improve employee productivity while allowing our client’s infrastructure team to explore and implement initiatives that continue to reduce cost and increase internal satisfaction.

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