Synopses & Reviews
A standard for help desk professionals and those considering becoming support professionals, this text focuses on key information for user support professionals, including decision making, communicating successfully with a client, determining the client's specific needs, and writing for the end user. This text has been updated to reflect the latest in support industry trends, especially the use of Web and email-based support. For those considering entering the field, alternate career paths for user-support workers are described. This edition has retained and updated the CloseUp feature, which details real-life scenarios of working professionals and issues in the workplace. With balanced coverage of both people skills and technical skills, this book is an excellent resource for those in the technical-support field.
"Beisse honestly expresses the job needs for the average customer support person."
A GUIDE TO COMPUTER USER SUPPORT FOR HELP DESK AND SUPPORT SPECIALISTS, FOURTH EDITION focuses on key information and skills for user support professionals, including troubleshooting and problem solving, successful communication with clients, determining a client's specific needs, and training end users. For those considering entering the field, alternate career paths for user-support workers are described. This text continues many of the successful features of previous editions, including Tips, On The Web pointers, Check Your Understanding self-tests, discussion questions, hands-on activities, and case projects. With balanced coverage of both people skills and technical skills, this book is an excellent resource for those in or preparing for the technical-support field.
About the Author
Fred Beisse teaches Computer Information Technology at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, where he has designed and led courses in user support, information analysis and visualization, project management, and geographical information systems. Beisse builds on more than 30 years of experience in computer management positions, where he has been responsible for end-user support, computer services, computer facilities planning, and operations management.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to End-User Computing 2. Introduction to Computer User Support 3. Customer Service Skills for User Support Agents 4. Troubleshooting Computer Problems 5. Common Support Problems 6. Help Desk Operation 7. User Support Management 8. Product Evaluation Strategies and Support Standards 9. User Needs Analysis and Assessment 10. Installing End-User Computer Systems 11. Training Computer Users 12. Writing for End Users 13. Computer Facilities Management Appendix A: User Support Information Resources Appendix B: Answers to Check Your Understanding