Question & Answer
Support Case Escalation
- Customers are not able to use the escalate case button until support has attempted first contact.
- For critical business outages where situations require immediate attention, click the Request a Duty Manager tab.
After completed, click submit. Your case is now escalated and a member of the technical support team is going to contact you by using your preferred method.
Request a Duty Manager
- Call IBM Support.
- When the Support Engineer answers, request the QRadar Duty Manager.
For example, I need to request the QRadar Duty Manager for my case.
- The Support Engineer will transfer you to the Duty Manager phone line.
- The Duty Manager will ask you to confirm your case number (TSxxxxxxxx).
Note: If all Duty Managers are on calls, you might be directed to voicemail. Leave a message with your case number and contact information to receive a call-back. If you cannot access or view the case number for your Severity 1 issue, the Duty Manager can attempt to look up your case information by using your company name or IBM Customer Number (ICN).
About Duty Managers
Duty Managers are on-call QRadar Support Managers who are available 24x7 to escalate Severity 1 issues when a QRadar customer needs immediate assistance or assist with any concerns related to a case or workaround.
Common reasons to request a Duty Manager:
- The issue impacts your day-to-day business and requires urgent attention (escalations).
- Your case is not advancing or resolved appropriately.
- Issues or complaints about your case or a QRadar Support Engineer.
Case status is 'Awaiting your feedback'
Cases with a status of 'Awaiting your feedback' might not be able to proceed if new logs or additional information is required by IBM QRadar Support. If you are unsure how to proceed, you can update your case to request a video conference (WebEx) with a support representative to collect the required data. If the status is 'Waiting on IBM' or 'IBM is Working', customers can contact the Duty Manager to get an update on your existing severity 1 case or provide information if the issue worsens.
If your case is 'Awaiting your feedback' and you need priority assistance:
- Update your case severity describe any issues collecting data requested by the support engineer.
- Call the IBM Support help desk and request the QRadar Duty Manager.
Fig 1: A typical case cycle changes status between IBM and the user as we investigate and attempt to determine root cause.
In the example above, if IBM requests additional information the status is assigned to "Awaiting your feedback". As QRadar Support works to investigate the issue, the status can change from Waiting on IBM to Awaiting your feedback. At any time during this process, a user has the right to request additional assistance for urgent, severity 1 issues from QRadar Support Management. We refer to this process as requesting a "Duty Manager". The QRadar Duty Manager is a 24x7 on-call QRadar Support Manager who can assist with a critical problem or escalation. Duty Managers are resources intended to help resolve urgent issues and can elevate your case within the QRadar Support Team or reassign workload as required within the support organization
15 July 2021