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As a support organization, we know how important it is to get you the right answers at the right time. Today we'd like to highlight one of our many tools in our bag of tricks to help you...
As a user of the IBM Support Assistant (ISA) V4 workbench you're already familiar with its suite of powerful problem determination tools for the desktop. The latest release, ISA V5, is now server based, so many of those tools have evolved for the cloud. In this post on IBM Electronic Support's blog, Russell Wright takes a look at the different types of problem determination tools we have for ISA V5. We highly recommend Russell's article and encourage you to try ISA V5 to see just what it can do for you. Not familiar with ISA? Here's a quick explanation and link that should help clarify and lead you on the way to more effective and efficient problem solving! What is IBM Support Assistant? IBM Support Assistant (ISA) provides several, free software offerings that help you with a variety of problem determination needs. With focus on quickly finding key information, automating repetitive steps and arming you with a diverse collection of serviceability tools, you will be prepared for self-analysis and diagnosis of problems to resolve problems in less time.
Not familiar with ISA? Here's a quick explanation and link that should help clarify and lead you on the way to more effective and efficient problem solving!
What is IBM Support Assistant?
IBM Support Assistant (ISA) provides several, free software offerings that help you with a variety of problem determination needs. With focus on quickly finding key information, automating repetitive steps and arming you with a diverse collection of serviceability tools, you will be prepared for self-analysis and diagnosis of problems to resolve problems in less time.
Here in Rational Support, we understand the deep value of influence and thought leadership. We work hard to make sure our experiences across the organization are captured and shared out to help all of our clients and other IBMers alike reuse and benefit from our collective knowledge. One of these ways is through our periodic "Top Content" posts which highlight the most reused support content in the prior month.
Identifying and quantifying the value of what we do, however, isn't quite as easy. This is something that we've touched on before, and something which is a huge trend in the 'social' industry today: measuring value. Recently I ran across this article from Wired Magazine discussing one of these ranking systems: Klout. In the closing of this article the author, Seth Stevenson, posits that while this tool is becoming more of a pivotal piece in the social spaces it is likely missing a key factor (or more) to really crack the nut of measuring influence and subsequently value. Seth makes an important note on his own anxieties and calling out what he has seen in terms of who the biggest score holders are: big names that appear caught in an echo chamber, versus those he finds truly interesting who tend to have lower scores across the board.
In Rational Support, we believe we've stayed away from that echo chamber effect in our social spaces, instead focusing in on the information that is critical and necessary for you, our clients, to be successful in your businesses. Sure, we may watch our Klout score with a little interest, but we don't let that drive how we do our jobs. Our core beliefs remain squa
Given that influence is comprised of so many differing variables, both observable and intuitive, how would YOU quantify your influence? What are those key factors or variables that are important to you, which do you look for to identify the influencers in your networks? Let us know in the comments below!
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When I first started writing this blog post, it was going to be about ALL the things that drive me crazy when they arrive in email. But then I realized that it was a loooong list .... a Herculean effort, especially if your inbox reminds you of the Augean Stables BEFORE the big clean-out. Unfortunately, we'll have to go about it the old-fashioned way ... one shovel-ful at a time.
So, if you too want to work smarter, more openly, transparently, and effectively, you'll need to pick your battle. One at time, look at the pain points or areas of inefficiency and look to make one change at a time.
What's a better way to share files then? A link to where you've posted THE file is infinitely preferable. Nearly all available file repositories support some type of direct linking. Why not host the file in a single location and share that location out? Not only will this reduce our inbox sizes and keep us out of mail-jail, but it also means you only have to update one location when changes occur, rather than sending out another round of messages with yet another attachment.
So, a good place to start? Start sharing YOUR files more smartly, and set an example for others, Gently guide others to bettter collaboration methods, and file storage methods.
I'm happy to report that I receive very few files in email anymore. I'd love to hear YOUR experience.
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Hot off the presses is the detailed version of the IBM Software E-mail Processing System (EPS) Help:
The E-mail Processing System (EPS) is a tool to allow registered users of IBM Software products to submit and track problems with IBM Software Support engineers by using plain e-mail. EPS is one of several ways you can submit and track problems with IBM Software Support. Other ways are by telephone and web. You may submit and track a problem by telephoning a contact center in your region.
And now you can easily find help in this detailed document, or even get a compact version of this document's Help information by sending an e-mail message to sw_s
image credit: (cc) flickr user Jonathon Narvey
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So I was very thrilled to find a new IBM and KCS YouTube video that I just have to share with you.This new video from our friends at IBME
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