As one of the top manufacturers in the agriculture industry, ALMACO has become known worldwide for their innovations in planting, harvesting, and seed processing systems. The Iowa-based company has offices in multiple countries to handle the logistics and sales of their equipment. To keep this complex system running, ALMACO’s globally distributed workforce relies upon Joe Russell, the company’s IT manager—and Joe relies on askSpoke.
Joe was tasked with supporting the company’s large employee base using only two tools: his email inbox and a legacy ticketing system that had come free with their asset management software.
Submitting employee tickets was a tedious, time-consuming affair which required multiple emails and manual input to accomplish even the smallest tasks. Joe attempted to create a self-service knowledge base using SharePoint (a Microsoft collaboration tool), but no one used it and it was difficult to maintain. Needless to say, Joe and the rest of the ALMACO team had become frustrated with their ticketing process.
After enjoying a free trial of askSpoke, Joe soon realized that askSpoke’s intuitive and user-friendly solution proved to be the perfect fit for ALMACO’s needs. askSpoke’s employee self-service functionality meant that ALMACO team members could get their questions answered instantly, no matter what time zone they were in. Moreover, askSpoke’s multi-channel support would dramatically simplify the request process.
“It has closed a good number of tickets for us already without me even having to touch them. That’s time that I reinvest in one of our other projects that’s a higher priority.”
As the single point of contact for all employees, Joe immediately saw the benefit of askSpoke’s AI-powered self-service. Gone were the days of long waits and manual data entry for simple requests. Now, askSpoke instantly delivers the appropriate resource without any human intervention.
“It has closed a good number of tickets for us already without me even having to touch them. That’s time that I reinvest into one of our other projects that’s a higher priority,” Joe explains.
As an added benefit, ALMACO employees no longer had to navigate an antiquated and complex ticketing system. Employees with a question could simply email the help desk and get an immediate response. Team members could also interact with askSpoke using Slack, SMS, or askSpoke’s own web app.
Employees report being much happier with the new process. Across the board, they would rather askSpoke for answers than manually search their old SharePoint knowledge base.
“It’s definitely made things easier for me to keep a track on what’s going on because I can see everything in one place.”
Spoke’s machine learning even streamlines the process for more complicated requests. By intelligently routing tickets to team members and instantly updating the knowledge base with new answers, askSpoke ensures that employees always receive the most current information.
“It’s a lot quicker for me to close a ticket, attaching a knowledge base article or whatever I need to do and be done with it. I just click a checkmark to resolve a ticket, and that’s it,” Joe shares.
Before using askSpoke, it would take Joe five minutes to deal with a ticket. Now, Joe spends an average of a minute or two to resolve each ticket, saving upwards of 30 minutes each day. askSpoke. Joe had the added benefit of eliminating distraction from constantly switching tasks.
Spoke’s Customer Success team has also been a tremendous resource in reducing Joe’s workload. They frequently reach out to Joe to offer suggestions on how to improve ALAMCO’s knowledge base and increase askSpoke’s auto-resolution rate.