[ubuntu-uk] [vorian at ubuntu.com: Face to Face support on the Ohio

Ian Pascoe softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com
Wed Jun 6 21:32:45 BST 2007

My views are:

You can't just have a call outbound facility if you want to offer a Service
Desk.  It has to be both ways even if the inbound call goes to voicemail
advising the user that a technician will call them back.

Next, whatever is done has to be seen by the person needing support as being

Does the Remote Access on the desktop menus do what it says enabling the
support person to access the users PC directly assuming of course it's
connected to the Internet?

What type of support will be offered?  Technical, training, advisory /

What happens if all the support staff aren't available for a period of time
through sickness / holiday / normal work?

Where will the support people go if they don't know the answer

I would suggest that you think about your own dealings with Call Centres -
everyone has had an interesting experience with off shore centres - the
technician may know their stuff but trying to communicate it in a language
that is understood - look at Caroline and her Wi-fi for instance.

In addition wouldn't you have to offer an IRC / IM support service too?

The idea for a VoIP server seems quite good on the surface, as the
CallWeaver project would probably fall into this category, but how you
managed the ACD is another item - ACD=Automated Call distribution

Personally, I don't feel comfortable with the current support for VoIP
services to be able to manage any significant call volumes.  In addition you
have to contend with Internet contention ratios which can on occasion make
VoIP  calls sound like Mickey Mouse due to the compression or drop the call

I don't think we need the facility to record calls, as there wouldn't be a
financial or legal implication, nor would there be a manager wanting to
coach us on how we handle those calls!

Sorry for being somewhat dis-jointed in this but these are as they came out
so to speak.  I've had the requirement to set up things like this before,
using traditional telephony, and although it can be quite effective, the
enthusiasm is high at the start, with lots of people to help you, but six
months down the line, when it's only just a couple of you doing this it gets
to be no fun at all.

But if we could join up with the Ohio mob to offer UK / US support using
VoIP that'd be cool!  Yeah I know that goes against what I just said but it
is an almost free society after all!!

-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com]On Behalf Of Dave Walker
Sent: 06 June 2007 13:15
To: British Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] [vorian at ubuntu.com: Face to Face support on the

On Wed, 2007-06-06 at 09:19 +0100, Chris Rowson wrote:
> > Yes I guess what we could really do with is some sort of webpage which
> > would allow us to track support issues and to see which  have been
> > resolved . If only there was some widely used Voice over IP software
> > which enables us to make calls which could be recorded and which could
> > be provided on spec [1]
> >
> Services like sipgate allow a voice message to be left when the
> 'phone' isn't answered. Sipgate can then email the voice message in a
> .wav format to any email address you specify.
> Chris

If were looking at doing it this way, then why not host our own Asterisk
server.  We could then have a 'Ring Group' that volunteers could
/out of 'include me' status.

The 'ring group', could work by 'call all users registered', round robin
or remembers who last answered the call and pushes to next on the list.

If nobody is online / or answers, then the call is passed to voicemail
that could either be emailed to a select group - or uploaded to a
'tracking system' online.

A support volunteer could sign in either via VOIP (ekiga, SIP phone etc)
or could call somebodies normal telephone number.  Outbound trunks are
very reasonably priced.

Kind Regards,
Dave Walker

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