Service Level Agreements
A Key to Improved Customer Expectations and Better Contracts
The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do, well.
—Henry W. Longfellow1
Customer service has new weight and focus for sales, marketing, IT, and communications professionals in a cloud-based, mobile, and social world. More than ever, teams need to pair up or work closely together as they hand off one service component to another, depending on the business and technical complexity. CIOs today must adopt new strategies and technologies to service their customers (internal and external) in the age of “mocial” (mobile computing intersecting with social media), often done in the cloud. This chapter provides some insights and recommendations for today's IT and business professionals.
Service in the Age of the Customer
CIOs today need to work more proactively with their C-level peers in leading with customer service. This applies to external customers and internal customers, or business users and staff. Forrester Research has called 2010 and beyond the “age of the customer.”2 Its report “Competitive Strategy in the Age of the Customer” described the following eras: