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What is knowledge centered support?

Knowledge centered support (KCSSM) is a methodology for capturing, authoring and publishing information that is relevant to the support processes for an organization.  When corproate knowledge is structured and processed in a methodical manner it can have positive effects on the service desk, the helpdesk, and the staff and clients of the business.

 

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Why use knowledge centered support?

The structured, verified corporate information that is produced by KCS is often used as a knowledge base that end-users, or clients can search and browse via on-line web portals and web self-service helpdesks.  When clients can find helpful information without calling the helpdesk, everyone wins.  By adopting a structured approach to maintaining corproate information and keeping on-line content up to date, the efficiency of the service channels and internal information distribution is enhanced.

What about ITIL?

ITIL v3 Knowledge management is the process that is responsible for providing knowledge to other areas of the business and across all other processes within ITIL.  While ITIL v3 identifies this vital part of an efficient knowledge platform, it doesn't show you how to implement it.  ITIL is descriptive, not prescriptive - that is, it does not tell you how to do something.

This is where KCS comes in.  KCS is a set of principles and practices that will give you the "how to".

KCS endevours to collect, categorize, organize and publish information, or knowledge so that it can be continually updated and re-used by the support processes within an organization.  This is why KCS and ITIL (information technology infrastructure library) processes such as incident management and problem management work well together.  The information that is collected as part of an incident or problem, such as resolution, work-around details, technical data or other can be transferred into the knowledge system that is goverened by KCS principles.

By having a structured database of knowledge that is product of real-world tech support, helpdesk workers will find that consulting such a resource as part of the incident/problem resolution process will become standard operating procedure.  KCS should not be thought of a by-product of problem resolution.  KCS should be thought of as the way to solve problems.  This is where the relationship between KCS, ITIL knowledge management, incident management, problem management converge.

Signs you need KCS

Your team is so busy "putting out fires" with buckets of water, that they don't have time bring out the firetruck!

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KCSSM  is a service mark of the Consortium for Service Innovation

 

Learn about KCS at the ITSFMA service managment conference