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For The Profession of Cloud/SaaS Product Support
Beginning around 1980, with the proliferation of threaded-message discussion forums on CompuServe covering a variety of hardware and software technology products and companies, to today’s multifaceted social media, the concept of tapping a customer base / community for customer support purposes has a long history.  Some companies have been very successful, and others have seen the opposite outcome.  Along the…

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What is the SaaS Support Model? is a question that brings visitors from around the world to The HotLine Magazine every day.  There are several variations seen in the search strings:
  • SaaS Support Structure
  • Tracking SaaS customers
  • saas customer support
  • support model for a SaaS product
  • customer advocacy and support saas
  • A complete answer to the question must address several…

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    For generations of customers and customer support representatives alike, the experience of trying to work together to resolve a problem over a phone line has often been extremely frustrating and unsatisfactory even when ultimately successful.  I remember countless episodes from my own days many years ago as a support rep, telling customers “Now enter this command, and then tell me…

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    The shift to the Software As A Service distribution model inevitably brings the end of large dedicated Sales teams for software vendors. The new profits-realization methodology, being based on incremental gains from many income streams rather than from bulk up-front events, does not allow for the costs of large direct sales forces. It also doesn't allow paying for large customer support staffing levels either -- a fact which has vital significance to two different groups. The first is the SaaS vendors, who will need to pay far more attention to user experience in their product design efforts. The second group that needs to be paying very serious attention to the implications of the ever-growing shift to SaaS are the manufacturers of customer contact center technology.

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