Web Help Desk provides two methods for displaying customer support data:
Reports are useful for comparing elements based on a numeric value (for example, comparing techs based on the number of tickets closed). They can show averages and aggregated values.
Advanced search can show detailed information about a group of tickets, assets, or clients that match the criteria you specify. Use advanced search to answer complex questions.
Both reports and advanced search can be effective tools for monitoring progress or performance, identifying issues, and making decisions. The method you choose depends on the type of question you are trying to answer and how the information needs to be presented.
Can show information about:
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Tickets: PDF or TSV (tab-separated values)
Assets: PDF, TSV, or Excel
Clients: TSV or Excel
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Reports can represent data graphically (as bar and pie charts) to help you compare groups of tickets or assets.
Reports can also show aggregated data about tickets and assets, such as the total or average number of tickets opened. These metrics can be used to compare a second element, such as techs, locations, or request types.
Use reports to answer questions that are limited to two elements, such as the examples below.
How many tickets did each tech close?
How many tickets were opened against each asset?
How many assets are checked out in each location?
What is the average work time per ticket request type?
How many tickets were opened against each request type?
If your question involves more than two elements, consider using advanced search instead of a report.
Reports can be displayed in the Web interface or generated in PDF format. You can also create schedules to automatically run reports and email them to groups of recipients.
From any report, you can click the ticket or asset total to display detailed information about the items included in that total.
Advanced search is a powerful tool that you can use to answer complex questions. Searches display lists of tickets, assets, or clients that meet the specified criteria. By selecting a column set, you can show detailed information that is relevant to the question you want to answer.
To determine which items are returned by a search, you can define multiple conditions and combine them using Boolean AND or OR logic. Boolean logic provides a flexible framework that can answer a wide variety of questions. Some examples of questions and the associated conditions are shown below.
You can save a search and run it at any time. A saved search is available from the Query menu at the top of a ticket, client, or asset list.
Saved searches can be shared with other techs, and they can be used as a source for dashboard visualizations.