Why does support need my version information?
Chris K 270004Y3TR Visits (9406)
Having been on the customer side of the IBM Support dialog, I often wondered why I was always asked for version information for my PMRs. Now that I have been working on the IBM TRIRIGA Support team, I understand why. The purpose of this blog will hopefully shed some light on this for the customers as well as improve the customer experience with the IBM TRIRIGA support team.
What the IBM TRIRIGA support team will be doing in the weeks ahead to help make things a bit easier is ensuring we have up to date information about customer versions of the IBM TRIRIGA Application Platform, IBM TRIRIGA CAD Integrator (if applicable), and other third party components required for a running the TRIRIGA application. To that end, we will be asking for information from you if you open a PMR without including the version information for the IBM TRIRIGA issue (whether it is an application, platform, or CAD Integrator issue). Additionally, if you do not indicate what environment this issue applies to and the associated version information for that environment, we will ask for that information as well.
What you can do to help is to provide this information up front when you open a PMR. I suggest keeping a document with the environment configuration information. Having been on the client side of this picture, I know how I ended up making the IBM PMR process easier for me. Knowing that I would be asked version information right out of the gate, I kept a document which had the version information for the main product as well as versions of other products in our configuration that could have an impact, in any possible way, to the problem being reported. I found that this greatly smoothed out the initial response from the support team I was working with and also led to quicker turnaround time on the PMRs I submitted. While I cannot guarantee that the PMR turnaround time will be significantly improved, it should at least reduce multiple communications regarding the configuration of an environment. The main reason for back and forth about version information that I have seen is that the support team assumes the information provided will be all that is initially required to work the problem. While working and researching the issue, we may come to find that we need some additional version information (think operating system, 3rd party tool versions, etc...). Having the information up front when you open the PMR should prevent this from happening.
What I, and the rest of the IBM TRIRIGA Support team will do is look for this information on any new PMRs. If the information is provided in the PMR, we will check to see if the information has been stored on a customer record that we have set up in a tool we share with our L3 engineers. If you provide information and that customer record is not up to date, the engineer will update the information based on what was provided when the PMR was opened. If the information is NOT provided in the PMR, the engineer should ask for all of that information. I know that several of our clients are already familiar with that process and are providing that initially. We will do our part to smooth this part of the PMR process.
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