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Remote or On-site support: Which one fits your needs?

 

Ever experienced having to call a lineup that took so long to pick-up? Or sending emails that took forever to get a response? That pretty much sums up a very bad client support. What if you are in a hurry? What if your business suddenly slows down because your machines or server’s not working? It becomes much frustrating that there’s no one to take in your call of even send you something useful and urgent? What if there’s no one who could help you get through your disastrous days in your daily business operations?  It may sound dramatic, but it happens.

Ever experienced having to call a lineup that took so long to pick-up? Or sending emails that took forever to get a response? That pretty much sums up a very bad client support. What if you are in a hurry? What if your business suddenly slows down because your machines or server’s not working? It becomes much frustrating that there’s no one to take in your call of even send you something useful and urgent? What if there’s no one who could help you get through your disastrous days in your daily business operations?  It may sound dramatic, but it happens.

In times like this, whom should you call? Definitely not the ghost busters, even if you are too much desperate to get some help. The best thing to do is to contact a reliable tech agency to keep technical and hardware matters covered. Oh, wait do you even have one?

If you don’t have one yet? The initial step is finding a reliable tech partner to help you out.

Related reading: Outsourcing Hardware Maintenance

If you are already in the middle of the talking and you feel like you have chosen a provider, the next step is to determine what kind of support you need to include in your agreement. Below are the things you need to consider to determine which one you should go for:

 

1) Remote Support

Usually, this kind of support entails less cost because the tech guys do not need to be physically present in your office. This will best serve you if you have some personnel who has knowledge in maintaining your machines but lack the mastery of doing it. Remote support has three dimensions:

 

  • Email or Chat Support

This kind of remote support users online connection to send the communication back and forth. Some client opted to go with chat support as this one provides real-time feedback.

  • Phone call support

For some clients, this kind of support works for them. They have somehow a feeling of security because they speak directly to the support person. It saves them the effort of typing and putting their concerns into writing. They can tell directly their concerns.

Thank God (and the developers) for bring TeamViewer to business. iManila, for example, uses TeamViewer in the most challenging remote support that we need to attend to. TeamViewer enables one part to access a machine who has TeamViewer too. As long as there is a stable internet connection there will be no problem.

 

2) On-site Support

In times when a client’s peace of mind relies on seeing a support specialist in the flesh, this will the next option. The process is pretty simple, the support specialist will get his/her hand on the device to diagnose and fix what is needed to be fixed in the machine.

This kind of support is the go-to option of most SMEs because of the lack of a capable personnel to grasp the step-by-step escalation. They need the support specialist to do the repair directly in the machine that needs it.

 

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Given this two situations, which support do you think your company needs? If you do, then you are now ready to seal that deal. Just make sure the frequency of the support is clearly defined in your contract terms. Some provider caps it to two (2) remote per month, and some have 1 on-site per month.

Depending on your agreement, the frequency varies and even the inclusions of the support.

If you haven’t scored any sit down meeting with any tech agencies, talk to us!

iManila is a trusted provider of both reliable hosting services and tech support service that surely covers small and medium businesses IT concerns. Our lines are open 24/7 and our sales executives are available Mondays to Fridays to assist you with your web, IT, and digital marketing queries.

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