efcom is a provider of premium factoring software and has a passion for detail and innovation.
For almost 20 years, efcom has set the standard for factoring software. To achieve this and to be successful in the highly sensitive and complex area of the factoring market, a flexible, stable and powerful product with a wide range of possible solutions for managing service delivery was required.
In addition, quality and reliability were critical for the customer and continue to become increasingly important. In order to provide the best possible support and customer service, the company chose the professional help desk system from OTRS Group. The company hoped that this would increase professionalism, efficiency and convenience – to the benefit of efcom customers.
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- Ticket classification and allocation
- Clear communication
- Impressive user experience
Improved support and consulting services
- Fast and efficient request processing
- Increased professionalism
- Short response times
- Dynamic search
- Ticket search templates
- Prioritize and assign tickets
- Two-factor authentication
An outdated ((OTRS)) Community Edition hosted by an external service provider created extra hosting costs and maintenance, and the system was not updated as needed.
Prior to OTRS Group's involvement with efcom, the factoring software provider used the six-year-old open source ((OTRS)) Community Edition. This now-obsolete version neither offered the new features that the significantly improved OTRS 7 has, nor did it meet the individual needs of the customer, nor was it professionally supported.
On top of this, hosting and maintenance generated running costs, and system updates were only sporadic or done upon request.
In some cases, third-party providers were involved with the system which made processes even more complicated and time-consuming.
These circumstances made it difficult for the efcom teams to guarantee consistently high quality customer service.
Direct cooperation with the OTRS vendor ensures professional support and constant software updates, enabling optimal customer service.
For this reason, efcom gmbh decided to convert its ticket system directly to OTRS and to work directly with the manufacturer of the service management software. Since they had already been using the ((OTRS)) Community Edition, the advantages of a ticket system quickly became apparent. Communication was more structured and transparent, and the system has become absolutely audit-proof. "Every process is recorded and automatically documented. What is there is there and can no longer be deleted," remarks Florian Hinse, graduate business economist and assistant to the management.
With the upgrade to the fully managed OTRS 7, service goals could now be taken to a new level.
In addition to the support provided by OTRS Group's experts before and during the implementation, the latest OTRS version offers a completely new user experience – both for efcom's agents and for the company's customers. Immediate ticket classifications, targeted assignments to support staff or the automation of internal processes allow for optimal use of resources and enable particularly efficient processing with short response times.
Even supposedly small options, such as the insertion of screenshots or search options, simplify workflows and ultimately result in improved customer service.
On course for the future with advice from the OTRS experts.
During the evaluation workshop with the OTRS consultant, future adaptations were discussed and planned. As a result, efcom is about to make changes to the OTRS structure in the near future, which should once again optimize their processes even further. The aim is to achieve a significantly leaner structure, away from the multitude of queues, towards a greater use of the services. In plain language, this means a reduction to two queues divided according to products, within which requests are then assigned to the respective areas of support, consulting, etc. with the help of so-called service attributes.
This further optimization will result in a significantly leaner and clearer OTRS version, which will also benefit the end user, i.e. the efcom customer in the external interface, and will bring increased usability. This will also be supported by a knowledge database, which will be built up after streamlining the structure.
With OTRS, we have chosen a long-term solution, because the software grows with our requirements, it's flexible and adaptable.Florian Hinse, graduate in business administration and assistant to the management.
More flexible configuration options allow for faster customization to address new requirements.
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