Mark Your Calendars! ASP Conference on Advanced AI Tools Next March 27&28, Hosted by ServiceNow in San Diego.
So far, presenters include Lily Ryzebol, Watson in Support Offerings Mgr at IBM; Sameer Patkar, VP Product Mgmt, Oracle Support; Sean Rivers, Director of Technology, Republic Wireless; Jenifer Macintosh, VP Customer Success, Coveo; Arnfinn Austefjord, Product Mngmt Director, ServiceNow; Dave Jobling, Sr. Program Mgr, User Experience Global Support Programs & Operations with Birgit Hansen, Content Mgr. Tableau. More will be added. Early bird pricing is $850, it will be $1,250 after Dec. 31st, 2018. Go here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asp-conference-on-advanced-ai-tools-for-support-tickets-52099256278
ASP Partners With TeamSupport for Webinars Starting With A Free Webinar With Lily Ryzebol of IBM Discussing Advanced AI Support Tools Nov. 15th at 9:00am Pacific
CEO Robert Johnson of TeamSupport will be moderating our webinars starting in November. He will be interviewing Lily, who is Offering Mgr. for Watson in Support. Since TeamSupport is using Watson for sentiment analysis, this should be a lively discussion. Go here to register (required): https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6916957675936032771
This is the beginning of ASP and TeamSupport partnering on support-related webinars. It is also the start of a new series on Advanced AI Support tools prior to our 2019 conference on the same theme. We will jointly promote the webinars and plan to present more of them in the future. All of the webinars will be recorded and we hope to provide direct links to them on this website soon. In the meantime they can be viewed from the GoToWebinar website. You will need to register with GoToWebinar to view them.
Report on 2018 Top Ten Competition Available Now
This report on our twentieth annual competition features essays from all ten companies that were this year’s winners. It also has a trends analysis, average scores in all 25 categories that were scored, a list of judges, and much more. It can be purchased for $300 or you can become a member for a year for only $150 and get this report plus all of our other reports. To get it, just login and it will be right there.
2018 Top Ten Support Websites Announced
This is the 20th year that ASP has held a competition for the Top Ten Best Support Websites. Each site is judged by at least five independent judges, who are vetted for competency and conflict of interest with the site that they are judging. They score the sites in 25 different categories. Every entrant receives a custom individual report detailing their average scores versus the average score for their size company. Judges also provide comments that are priceless in determining how to improve the sites. ASP publishes an approximately 125 page report with essays for each TopTen site, trends in the year’s competition, average scores for each category and size company and more. This year’s report should be available by the end of August. The report is free to members and available to others for purchase. Just login to get the latest report. This years Top Ten are listed below in alphabetical order for each group. ASP does not list rankings. Please note that Ivanti, with it’s fourth Top Ten, joins our Hall of Fame.
Medium Sized Companies
Ivanti (Joins Hall of Fame)
Research Being Done on New Report on Advanced AI Support Tools
We have begun interviews for a new report on next generation AI-based support tools such as advanced machine learning, natural language processing and predictive analytics. We are interested in talking with anyone using AI with Salesforce or Zendesk. If you are using any of these or any other advanced AI tools, please contact our executive director, Al Hahn at firstname.lastname@example.org for an interview.
ASP’s Conference on Transforming Support a Big Success According to Attendee Survey
The conference was held in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA at Red Hat Headquarters. 53 people attended, including a high percentage of Directors and Vice Presidents of Support and Customer Success/Experience organizations. Many of these presenters came from ASP’s Member’s Advisory Board. Sponsors included Coveo, Huawei, Salesforce, and Service Strategies. The theme for this conference was Transforming Support and the topics were largely taken from ASP’s 2017 report on The Changing Expectations of Support. This report concluded that support organizations were undergoing rapid and significant changes in expectations from users. These changes have been going on for about three years for many companies and are expected to continue for another three years. The changes are viewed by many as more revolutionary than evolutionary.
While ASP produced the Joint Symposium with two other associations for three years previously, it was not particularly successful for us. This conference was the first attempt to focus solely on support organizations needs and was viewed by over 95% of attendees (we did a survey) as successful. The main reasons that attendees were so satisfied with the conference were well-chosen topics and lots of interaction with peers. Over 95% said they were either likely or very likely to attend a conference next year, which makes it probable that we will repeat it with new topics and format changes that are indicated by the feedback of attendees. We already have two companies that have volunteered to host it. To really understand the presentations, you will have to download them. They are available, along with a summary of the conference to all ASP members in the member portion of our website by clicking on the button above.
2018 Research Reports
2017 Research Reports