Cordant Group PLC is a provider of integrated services including recruitment, security, cleaning, and technical electrical services. It blends experience with industry knowledge and digital capabilities to create seamless processes which boost performance and profitability for customers. Founded in 1957, Cordant is a leader in recruitment and integrated facility services.
The Cordant Group needed to improve its IT service management (ITSM), service delivery, and IT support as part of a wider technology transformation initiative. Freshservice was chosen as the corporate ITSM solution to help deliver improvements across the efficiency of IT operations, the adoption of self-service, ITSM process adoption and maturity, performance reporting, and customer satisfaction. Cordant felt that a new cloud-delivered ITSM solution would also help resolve a number of ongoing IT management and support issues.
Pre-Freshservice, Cordant had a “partial process for incident management” using the incumbent ITSM tool. However, the reality was that the tool was little used because service desk agents had issues with some of its ticketing and reporting capabilities. Cordant reviewed and trialled multiple ITSM vendors before choosing Freshservice, including ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus, Samanage and ServiceNow, all of which didn’t meet their specifications. Freshservice was chosen because it was highly accessible from anywhere, could be configured and customized, allowed on-the-fly changes, was very quick to implement (just one day after purchase) with all required capabilities ready in under a week, and increased CSAT with the ability to receive and analyze end-user feedback.
“I was surprised at the speed of implementation, Freshservice was available the next day and ready to use in under a week.”
Cordant’s success with Freshservice exceeded the original IT use cases. In addition to Freshservice delivering everything required to support 2500 end-users and 6000 incidents a month, Cordant is now also using it to support two other corporate teams – Payroll and Compliance – taking the number of licensed agents from the initial 35 to 60.
One of the most appreciated improvements is Freshservice’s closed-loop metrics. Whereas Cordant previously had no idea about key metrics such as incident volumes, resolution times, and customer satisfaction, Cordant is now reporting these and much more at company, unit, and end-user levels. The improved insight and reporting has also been used to prove the need for increased IT resource.
In terms of general operations, the use of workflow, approvals, and automation have seriously improved Cordant’s overall efficiency and productivity levels. Freshservice has also helped bring about better resource management in terms of the use of people’s time and effective knowledge management. The ease and speed of configuration and customization are also helping continued improvement activities. Freshservice has also helped increase the “team ethic” and teamwork, where the use of gamification in particular has helped build comradery.
As a result of all these operational and customer experience improvements, Cordant’s customer satisfaction rating is now an amazing 96%. Finally, with Freshservice, Cordant also realized the generic benefits of the cloud-delivery model – the latest functional capabilities, with new features available more quickly than with on-premise solutions; simple, subscription-based pricing; no local hosting infrastructure to buy and manage; ease of implementation and upgrades; and enterprise-grade scalability and security. All at a potentially lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than with on-premise.