98% acknowledgment rate
MTTR reduced to <3 min
Driving service through better IT communications
For global retailer Tesco, service is a key attribute. In addition to 7,800 stores (including franchises) in 11 markets, the company maintains an extensive online presence, reaching millions of shoppers each week.
Determined to bring a world-class ITSM organization to its customers, Tesco improved its IT force and organized around a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). This fundamental change in the service organization required an equally dramatic improvement in its notifications to follow issues from discovery through resolution. Today Tesco’s service metrics show that it is delivering on its promise.
The IT department manages 26,000 tickets per week from distributed operation centers in nine different countries, so tracking the effectiveness of teams and individuals had been a challenge. Notification processes globally were inconsistent, meaning slower response times to issues affecting customers.
The team looked at how they could be more agile, structuring themselves into 30 Product and Service teams (Tesco’s term for service groups) who owned the design, development and run of their systems. Under this new SOA, each technologist can subscribe to relevant notifications in an a la carte service. Workers are more collaborative, responsive, and efficient. They can also unsubscribe from notifications that aren’t relevant. More targeted alerts alleviate alert fatigue and add efficiencies, improving service. Implementing the new intelligent communications platform was pretty painless – Tesco implemented the xMatters IT Management system globally in just 27 days
IT service employees were cross-trained on newly standardized information, so each rep could resolve any issue and provide a consistent experience. Using the new architecture and the new communication platform, Tesco saw improvement almost immediately, particularly amongst it’s most notified teams:
- The call acknowledgment rate exceeding 98%
- Average time to respond of less than 3 minutes
- Dropped tickets are a thing of the past
- Improved collaboration between teams
- Subscriptions have reduced alert fatigue
Today Tesco has a more consistent digital work environment, enabling better measurement and a consistent set of analytics,. “We changed the way we communicate to technology and the business, allowing people to subscribe to what they care about. And it’s driving accountability and better results,” Ainscough says. In a short time, Tesco has produced an entirely new architecture for IT with new roles, systems and expectations. The result is greater efficiencies, happier customers, and more growth opportunities for the future.