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The average Desktop Support organization tracks fewer than 5 KPI’s. However, there are literally hundreds of KPI’s that have been defined for Desktop Support. The vast majority of these metrics, however, are only marginally relevant – at best! When it comes to KPI’s for Desktop Support, less is more!

The eight Desktop Support KPIs that really matter are as follows:

Cost per Ticket

Customer Satisfaction

Technician Utilization

First Contact Resolution Rate (incidents)

Mean Time to Resolve

% Resolved Level 1 Capable

Technician Satisfaction

Balanced Scorecard

These eight metrics represent the 80/20 rule when it comes to Desktop Support: 80% of the value you receive from performance measurement and management in Desktop Support can be derived from these eight simple metrics!

One goal of every business is to achieve the highest possible quality at the lowest possible cost. It stands to reason, therefore, that cost and quality should be measured on an ongoing basis. In fact, I would argue that cost and quality are the only two things that really matter. In Desktop Support, the most effective cost metric is Cost per Ticket, and the best indicator of quality is Customer Satisfaction.

So how do we define Cost per Ticket? Cost per Ticket is the total annual operating expense of Desktop Support divided by the annual number of tickets handled by Desktop Support. Operating expense includes all employee salaries, overtime pay, benefits, and incentive compensation, contractor costs, facilities expense, telecom costs, desktop computing, software licensing, training, travel, office supplies, and miscellaneous expenses.

Cost per Ticket is strongly correlated with the following metrics:

Cost per Incident

Cost per Service Request

Technician Utilization

Incident First Visit Resolution Rate

Average Incident Work Time

Average Service Request Work Time

Average Travel Time per Ticket

Cost per Ticket is one of the most important Desktop Support metrics. It is a measure of how efficiently Desktop Support conducts its business. A higher than average Cost per Ticket is not necessarily a bad thing, particularly if accompanied by higher than average quality levels. Conversely, a low Cost per Ticket is not necessarily good, particularly if the low cost is achieved by sacrificing quality of service. Every Desktop Support organization should track and trend Cost per Ticket on a monthly basis.

In my next blog on Desktop Support KPIs I will discuss Customer Satisfaction.

Angela Irizarry

Angela Irizarry is the President and Chief Operating Officer at MetricNet, where she is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and new client acquisition. She also oversees the company's sales and marketing efforts and manages its intellectual property and online resources. Angela has been with the company for 10 years and has over 20 years of experience in business development and strategy. She has been featured in Fortune magazine and has received recognition for her work in competitive and trends analysis from executives at a variety of Fortune 100 companies. Angela is a dynamic and accomplished professional who consistently delivers exceptional results for MetricNet and its clients. She has a wealth of industry experience and a track record of success in driving business results, particularly in the financial services, insurance, and healthcare sectors. Angela is highly skilled in communication, problem-solving, and project management, and is committed to delivering the highest level of service to MetricNet's clients.

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