contents

software
 
Service Management Update from LiveTime Software

LiveTime Software has announced the general availability of LiveTime Service Manager v5.5 and LiveTime Help Desk v5.5. This release focuses specifically on streamlined request management and the automation of common requests and change management procedures. Most notably, customers can now raise requests through the customer portal in as little as 2 clicks.

LiveTime 5.5 introduces more than 100 new additions and enhancements and also includes:
- Technician Scheduling - To enhance the efficiency of your support organization by automatically routing requests to available service and support personnel, LiveTime now includes the ability to define technician support hours.
- KPI Reporting - Supervisors and Managers can now monitor Key Performance Indicators such as the call distribution, volume, channel and service level achievement using the new reports.
- Multi-Item requests - Technicians can now create requests against multiple Configuration Items (CI's), allowing technicians to create and manage multiple requests for one customer simultaneously.
- Request level alerts - Each request can now have one or many custom alerts for notifying individuals or user roles as necessary.
- Team based separation - New request filters provide access to all requests based upon each user's team membership. This enables further request separation across departments and business units without requiring separate instances.

LiveTime 5.5 also includes localizations for English, Spanish, Chinese and Romanian. Languages are automatically detected based upon the users operating system settings. Application performance has significantly improved, with better response times and decreased latency, while the new streamlined user interface provides an independent service level meter to keep technicians aware of progress within the current service level agreement.

Closed loop email automation has been further extended in this latest version by allowing Change requests to be raised directly via email. Additionally, LiveTime also allows targeting of specific CI's using subject line tags, which is important when integrating with real-time monitoring and remediation tools.

LiveTime Service Manager 5.5 continues to provide tight integration between ITIL Incident, Problem, Change, Configuration, Service Level and Knowledge Management processes, while leveraging web services to provide integration interfaces to external systems such as Authentication Servers and Asset Management systems. At the core of LiveTime is a fully integrated CMDB that underpins all process workflows. This ensures that Service Desk staff gain access to all parts of the service management life cycle, regardless of their area of specialty.



write your comments about the article :: 2009 Computing News :: home page