Software company, Freshworks Inc has announced the findings from its second annual Freshservice Service Management Benchmark Report which measured key performance indicators (KPIs) for the IT industry across 62 million tickets in 2021.
The report revealed that global IT teams adapted to remote work in 2021, resolving employee tickets 23 per cent faster than the year before as overall resolution time for IT tickets went down by seven hours.
In a world where employees increasingly rely on technology to get their work done at home, in the office, and everywhere in between, the Freshworks report confirmed that new technologies that enable chatbots and virtual agents are making a substantial impact in helping employees and companies become more productive.
Prasad Ramakrishnan, CIO of Freshworks said, “making sure IT works flawlessly is essential for modern businesses to succeed. Analysing data from around the world, we found that IT teams mastered the challenges of remote work last year in large part by employing powerful yet easy-to-use technologies that help them do more, faster. Importantly, these technologies are also engaging employees at work, which is critical to help companies retain talent and grow.”
The report analysed anonymous, aggregated data from 86 countries, more than 4,200 organisations, and over 62 million unique employee support tickets. New tech features including AI-powered responses played a significant role in speeding up resolutions as bots deflected nearly 60 per cent of tickets. Companies with automations achieved resolution times 22 per cent faster than those who did not, and companies offering a catalogue of IT services through their ITSM software reduced resolution times 17 per cent compared to those who did not. Companies are taking notice and rapidly adopting more advanced technologies. Nearly 25 per cent of integrations included bots and workflow applications, a 40 per cent increase compared to 2020.
While less than one per cent of IT interactions were via chat, this channel provided significant benefits: employees who chatted with virtual agents saw customer satisfaction scores hit 100 per cent in some cases, while delivering 48 per cent faster responses (5.21 hours) and 62 per cent faster resolution times (8.74 hours) compared to those who don’t use virtual agents.