Jackie Huba gave us a fun challenge to bring our ideas about the future of support to life using objects and pipe-cleaners. The diagram my group came up with is below.
Here's the essence of what was said:
- Technology will be used in smarter ways to help people find what they want more easily. Google does this now of course, offering you improved search based on where you are and what you've done before. These tools will come to your support site, and not a moment too soon for most of us.
- There will be less need for support, because stuff will work better and integrate better. HTML 5 is supposed to help with this. (Way over my head, what do you think?)
- Cloud data will help the company know who you are and how best to help you. Their CRM systems will be able to pull in other useful information about you
- Internal company systems will route information in smarter ways, helping employees integrate across silos more effectively, and reducing the frustration associated with hand-offs
- Smarter diagnostics will help to identify issues -- not just what element is broken, but who you need help from (Was it the router? Was it the mouse in the wiring? Or do you have a software conflict?)
- Social media tools will be used to proactively advise customers what is going on when there is a larger problem. (Yes, our servers are down, but we expect them to be back up by 5 pm EST)
If you are a customer, the support future looks bright. (At least we hope so.)
If you are on the company side of things, you need to be thinking about how to get to this future. (Please, we're begging you, make it better.)
HUGE KUDOS to the Dell team for a) hosting the event and treating us all like rock stars and b) sharing so much of the information and learning. Incredibly cool thing to do!