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5 YourSupportContractID ,such as SupID:12345.) In the United States and Canada, call 1 800 537 1813. Outside the United States and Canada, contact your local supportcenter for assistance. Submit a new issue at BMC Remedy Service desk : Incident Management user Guide ContentsAbout this Book11 Audience ..11 BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite documents ..12 Conventions ..14 Syntax statements ..14 Chapter 1 Introducing BMC Remedy Incident Management17 BMC Remedy ITSM usability enhancements ..17 Where to find features and fields that have moved ..21 What's new in BMC Remedy Incident Management ..23 About the IT Home Page ..23 Configuring the IT Home Page ..26 Consoles overview ..27 Navigating consoles, forms, and modules ..29 Incident Request form views ..32 Best Practice view ..32 Using the Customer and Contact fields in Best Practice view ..35 Classic view ..35 user interface standards for field labels.
6 36 Calbro services ..36 user roles ..37 Support staff roles ..38 Manager roles ..38 user role ..39 Mapping permission groups to SMPM roles ..40 Process flow and the lifecycle of an Incident request ..41 Incident Management use cases ..43 Incident resolution first call resolution ..43 Incident resolution with assignment to specialist ..45 Incident request resolution emergency change request ..48 Chapter 2 Working with the Requester console 51 Requester role ..53 Requester console users ..53 Working with Service requests ..54 Defining a Service request ..55 Contents 5 Service request state changes ..56 Performing additional Service request functions ..56 Troubleshooting Service requests with errors ..57 Viewing Service request details from an Incident request form ..59 Chapter 3 Working with the Overview console61 Functional areas ..61 Console list table ..64 Selecting status values.
7 65 Configuring the Overview console to display tasks ..65 Chapter 4 Registering and assigning Incident requests as support staff67 Functional areas of the console ..67 Managing Service targets ..71 Registering Incident requests ..74 Reviewing the status of an Incident request ..75 Viewing Incident request records ..76 Creating an Incident request record using a template ..76 Creating an Incident request record without a template in Classic View .78 Overview of Incident ownership ..82 Adding or modifying a customer profile ..82 First call resolution ..85 Searching for matching records ..85 Accessing BMC Remedy Knowledge Management ..89 Creating a solution database entry from an Incident ..91 Relating Incident requests as duplicates ..93 Assigning Incident requests ..94 Reassigning Incident requests ..95 Chapter 5 Resolving and closing Incident requests as support staff97 Resolving Incident requests ..97 Accepting an Incident request.
8 99 Receiving notification of assignments ..100 Working with assignments ..101 Working with tasks ..102 Searching for a solution ..102 Time worked on an Incident request must be recorded ..102 Recording your time ..103 Recording time for an assistant ..104 Updating your time after the Incident request is reassigned ..1056 BMC Remedy Service desk : Incident Management user Guide Creating work information entries ..106 Adding work information entries to an open Incident request record ..107 Modifying work information entries ..108 Modifying work information entries from an open Incident request ..109 Updating an Incident request ..110 Creating a change request ..110 Closing Incident requests ..111 Completing an Incident request ..112 Closing an Incident request ..114 Quickly closing an Incident request ..114 Moving a resolved Incident request back to In Progress ..115 Reopening a closed or resolved Incident request.
9 115 Chapter 6 Working with Incident requests as a manager117 Assigning Incident requests as a group coordinator ..117 Rejecting an Incident ..118 Tracking Incident requests ..119 Overview of BMC SLM calculations ..120 Working with the Watch List ..121 Handling Incident escalations ..122 Approving solutions ..123 Chapter 7 Creating and monitoring tasks125 Tasks overview ..125 Opening the Task form ..126 Adding tasks using task templates ..126 Creating ad hoc tasks ..127 Accepting task assignments ..129 Receiving task assignment notifications by BMC Remedy Alert ..129 Accepting a task assignment ..130 Opening and viewing individual task records ..131 Reassigning task sequence numbers ..131 Reassigning sequence numbers to task group children ..131 Assigning and reassigning tasks ..132 Updating task record details ..133 Planning task times ..133 Tracking the time spent working on tasks ..134 Using the Start and Stop buttons.
10 134 Manually entering the time ..135 Enter work into the effort log ..135 Adding work information to a task ..136 Contents 7 Canceling tasks ..137 Closing tasks ..138 Resolving, closing, and canceling Incident requests with open tasks ..139 Canceling an Incident with open tasks ..139 Chapter 8 Supplemental BMC Remedy Incident Management features141 Using the KPI flashboards ..141 BMC Remedy Incident Management KPIs ..142 KPI flashboard variables ..143 Opening the KPI flashboards ..145 Viewing and displaying data ..145 Using the Service desk ROI flashboard ..147To open the ROI flashboards ..148 Configured parameters ..149 Viewing and displaying data ..151 ROI Active variables ..151 Viewing your profile ..153 Creating a problem from an Incident ..153 Selecting application preferences ..154 Searching for records ..156 Running Defined Searches ..157 Creating a custom search ..157 Editing and deleting a custom search.