The FT Word – April 2013

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Welcome to the April 2013 edition of the FT Word. Topics for this month:

FT Works in the News

The Third Tuesday Forum — April 16th in Santa Clara

The Third Tuesday Forum returns on Tuesday April 16th with a special panel on Managing your Support Career. Joining us as panelists will be Chris Doell from Zenprise, Victoria Perkins from Vocera, Deepak Chawla from Citrix, and yours truly representing the consulting option. All that managed and orchestrated by David Kay as our emcee. Don’t miss it, register now.

Come work out with me — at TSW

Adam Rypinski of Juniper Networks and I will be hosting a popular Workout session at the upcoming Technology Services World conference in Santa Clara, CA on May 7th at 3:45pm on the ambitious theme of Using Customer Surveys to Effect Culture Change. This is what Juniper did, with a little help from yours truly, when it dug into customer satisfaction surveys to identify the specific levers for customer dis-satisfaction, made various changes including a massive soft skills training program (that’s what I helped with), and was rewarded with months of increasing satisfaction ratings and a 50% decline in resolution time. Take a bow, Juniper.

So join us. It will be fun and Adam will tell you how you, too, can be a support hero.

FT Works will also have a booth at the conference. Come visit us in the TSW | EXPO.

Register for the TSW Conference – If you’re not already a TSIA member or partner, register as ‘non-member partner referral’ and fill in FT Works as the referring company to receive a 40% discount off the registration price.

New Smarter Support Health Check

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New Smarter Support eBooks

The seven most popular FT Works booklets are now available as ebooks. From strategy to budgeting to metrics to hiring, try one today.


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Françoise Tourniaire
FT Works
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