Service Level Management
Service targets are a means of monitoring and measuring performance of a service provider. In BMC Helix Business Workflows, case business analysts can configure service targets for case and task records by defining the service-level measurements and service-level milestones.
Service target statuses
A progress bar on a case or task details page displays the status of a service target related to that record. If multiple service targets apply to the record, the progress bar displays the status of each service target. The progress bar is automatically refreshed with a default time interval of 1 minute or if the status of the record is updated.
The following sections describe how multiple service targets are displayed on a progress bar, and the color codes and icons of the progress bar:
Color codes and icons on the progress bar for service targets
The following table explains the colors and icons associated with each status, and the corresponding overall service target status displayed on the case and task workspaces. When multiple service targets are attached to a record, the Overall SLM status displays the worst-case status.
|Progress bar color
|Service target status
|Overall SLM status
In progress or met
(Measurement is in progress and within time limit)
|Within time limit
(Measurement has missed the service target but is still active)
(Measurement has missed the service target and is closed)
Missed Goal Pending
(Measurement has missed the service target and is then paused)
(Measurement has reached the warning stage and is in progress)
(Measurement has reached the warning stage and is paused)
(All measurements for a single service target or multiple service targets are paused)
Single service target paused
Multiple service targets paused
Progress bar with multiple service targets
If a record has multiple service targets associated with it, the service targets are displayed in ascending order of the time that is required to meet the service target.
For example, a request has the following service targets:
- Review time (due in 10 minutes)
- Resolution time (due in 2 minutes)
- Response time (met)
The progress bar displays the response time, resolution time, and review time in that order, as shown in the following figure:
Common scenarios with multiple service targets
The following table shows how the progress bar is displayed in common scenarios when service-level goals are missed or met:
A service target specifies the request goals of a service provider based on the request type and priority. The request goals can of the type response time, resolution time, and so on. A goal determines whether a service target was met or missed.
For example, an employee requests for an employment proof document. An agent has a goal to provide the document within seven working days. This is a request-based goal type and can be called Request Resolution Time.
A SLM Manager defines the goals while configuring service targets.
The support staff uses service-level measurements to perform the following tasks:
- Monitor the progress of a case or task
- Calculate delays in resolving a case or task
- Determine whether a goal is met or missed
Service-level measurements contain the conditions to start, end, pause the time calculations for a case or task. Depending on the measurement conditions, Service Level Management (SLM) updates the status of the service targets associated with a case or task.
The following conditions and flags can be defined in SLM:
- Terms and conditions—Qualification to define when a service target is applicable to case and task
- Start When—Condition to define when to start the measurement of a service target
- Stop When—Condition to define when to stop the measurement of a service target
- Pause When—Condition to define when to pause the measurement of a service target
- Reset goal—Flag to reset the measurement of a service target after the reset condition is met.
- Reopen goal—Flag to reopen a service target. The measurements are reopened when the Start When condition is met and the measurement continues from the previous status.
A service target is applied to a record when the Terms and conditions, and Start When qualifications are true. If the Terms and conditions qualifications are true, but the Start When qualification is not true, the measurement record is not created for the service target.
Milestones are the mechanism that help track service target commitments and help users to take action before service targets are missed. The SLM manager defines a set of milestones that trigger actions at certain points as a case or task progresses toward the service target goal.
For example, in BMC Helix Business Workflows, an employee requests a proof of employment document. The agent must provide this proof within seven days and the milestone is configured at 50 percent (3.5 days). After 3.5 days, the agent is notified that 3.5 days are left to provide the employment-proof document.
In BMC Helix Business Workflows, you can configure the following types of milestones:
Percentage of time from the start or end of the measurement
(Specify the time in percentage from the start or end of the measurement)
Hours and minutes from the start or end of the measurement
(Specify the number of hours and minutes from the start or end of the measurement)
While you create or update a case or task, the milestone execution fails and the milestone record is deleted, if you perform the following tasks in less than a minute after a milestone action executes:
- reopen a measurement,
- reset a goal,
- add service targets to group,
- or reattach or remove service targets.
Actions associated with milestones
You can configure the following actions for a milestone:
- Send an email
- Send an alert notification (BMC Helix Business Workflows provides a default notification that is sent when the task and case SLAs are missed.)
- Set field
Send a notification by setting a specific value in a record definition field
Viewing the milestones
To view milestones for service targets associated to a case or task, click the icon on the progress bar on the case or task view.
The following table shows how the milestones are displayed:
|Single service target with single milestone
|Single service target with multiple milestones
Two service targets with same due date and multiple milestones
If the time specified for a service target is elapsed and the condition to trigger the milestone actions is not true, the status of the milestone is displayed as Not Processed.