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How Does YOUR Service Desk Stack Up?

Part 2:  Service Desk Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

The Seven Most Important Performance Indicators for Service Desks


Today’s Service Desk technologies and reporting packages make it easy to capture copious amounts of performance data.  Most Service Desk managers can tell you everything from last month’s average speed of answer to yesterday’s average handle time.  But what does it all mean?  If my abandonment rate goes up, but my cost per contact goes down, is that good or bad?  Is my Service Desk performing better this month than it was last month?

Despite all the data that Service Desk managers have at their fingertips, most cannot answer a very basic question: How is my Service Desk performing?  Perhaps worse, many Service Desk managers are unaware of the critical role – beyond mere measurement – that Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) can and should play in the Service Desk.  This includes the ability to track and trend performance, identify, diagnose, and correct performance problems, and to establish performance goals and assign accountability for achieving the goals.

An increasing number of progressive Service Desks recognize that when it comes to performance metrics, less really is more!  They have discovered the 80/20 rule as it applies to Service Desk performance measurement.  These world-class Service Desks have learned that the effective application of just seven KPI’s is all that is required for measuring, managing, and continuously improving their Service Desk performance.

In this article, MetricNet (, a leading source of online benchmarks and a pioneer in Service Desk benchmarking, identifies and defines the seven most important performance metrics for end-user Service Desks.  They provide benchmark ranges for these metrics, and offer a creative approach for combining these metrics into a single, all-inclusive measure of Service Desk performance.

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Angela Irizarry

Angela Irizarry joined MetricNet in early 2013. In her current role as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, she assists MetricNet’s CEO in managing the Company’s day-to-day operating activities, short-term and long-range strategic planning and new client acquisition. Additionally, she is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing the Company’s sales and marketing efforts as well as managing MetricNet’s intellectual property, online best practices library, web projects and e-commerce shop. Angela is a versatile and results-oriented professional with nearly 15 years of business development and marketing experience across a multitude of industries globally. Prior to joining MetricNet she held various leadership positions in the Property Management and Retail industries where she was known for her strong track record of sales growth, marketing foresight and creative problem solving.

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