This documentation supports the 19.05 version of BMC Digital Workplace Advanced.

To view an earlier version, select the version from the Product Version menu.

Setting up self-help resources

With BMC Digital Workplace, users can solve problems themselves before filing an incident, opening an HR case, or talking to support staff.

As a BMC Digital Workplace administrator, you create and import knowledge articles, and add links to online (internal or external) product documentation, troubleshooting tips, tutorials, videos, and other resources. End users can then access those resources through search (in the Global search or from the Catalog tab) or from the profile of an asset or a service health item.

Tip

In knowledge articles, you can include a link directly to an appropriate service request or catalog section. Users will feel more confident turning to self-help resources when they know that help is only a click away.

solving problems overview

Related topics

Use cases

Managing knowledge article templates in the BMC ITSM documentation

Localizing titles and messages

Setting up sections in the Catalog


Adding assets

Before you begin

Read the Solving problems with self-help use case.

Administrator tasks

Provide users with access to self-help articles from Knowledge Management or online resources. These resources can be websites, articles, or other content that your company has created, such as training documents, internal procedures and guidelines, product manuals and guides, tutorials, and videos.

how-to article config overview

To add self-help articles

Self-help resources can include both how-to articles and knowledge articles. Catalog sections can include both IT-related knowledge articles (from BMC Knowledge Management) and HR-related knowledge articles (from BMC HR Case Management).

Creating how-to articles  

Add links to How-To resources that users can find from the Catalog tab. How-to resources can contain links to websites, videos, apps, and other online articles.

Video: Creating how-to articles with short URLs

The following video (3:29) demonstrates how to use Google URL Shortener to shorten URLs and create how-to articles by using the shortened URLs.

Note

The video shows an older version of BMC Digital Workplace. The previous product name was MyIT. Although there might be minor changes in the user interface, the overall functionality remains the same.


https://youtu.be/CFchOt1Ygsc

To create how-to articles

  1. Navigate to Help Desk > How-To Management.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Configure the following properties for the How-To article:

    PropertyDescription
    NameThe name of the resource that makes sense to end users
    URL TypeServer-side URLs require that the device has access to the same network target to which the server has access
    SourceURL to the web page that contains the How-To information
    Description

    The description appears under the How-To item name in BMC Digital Workplace.

    Keywords

    Keywords and synonyms can help end users find articles more easily.

    Tip: Consider using keywords that do not exist in the Name and Description field.

To import articles from BMC Knowledge Management

Info

You can import the following article templates from the BMC Knowledge Management:

  • How To
  • Known Error
  • Problem Solution
  • Reference
  • Custom


  1. Navigate to Configuration > Application Features.
  2. Select RKM Pluggable provider.
  3. Configure the integration with BMC Knowledge Management as follows:

    PropertyDescription
    PortEnter the BMC Knowledge Management server connection details.
    Application password
    Hostname
    RKM templates

    Provide a comma-separated list of knowledge management templates.

    rkm.serachSpecify how the preview excerpt of similar articles is displayed.

After you configure the integration with BMC Knowledge Management, the articles are automatically available when users search from the Catalog, and from the Global search.

Note

Articles that are flagged as Internal in BMC Knowledge Management are not displayed in BMC Digital Workplace. See more details about managing knowledge article templates in the BMC Remedy ITSM 9.1 documentation.


BMC Digital Workplace users can provide feedback on knowledge articles. The feedback is sent to the knowledge author. See how to configure and localize feedback strings in Configuring feedback strings in the BMC Knowledge Management 9.1 documentation.

To include shared links in knowledge articles

You can include links in knowledge articles that open a service request form or catalog section in BMC Digital Workplace. In the BMC Digital Workplace , you can open a service request or catalog section and copy the link to your clipboard. In BMC Knowledge Management, you can edit the knowledge article and add the link to the service request or catalog section. For example, at the end of an article about fixing printer problems, you might include a link to report an issue with the printer.

To configure access to self-help

You can configure access to self-help wherever your users need the following information:

  • On the profiles of assets
  • On the profiles of service health items
  • As QR codes that you physically attach to assets for the user to scan

This section contains the following information:

To create profile links to self-help resources  

Assets and services have profiles, which can include buttons that link to resources or to areas for setting the status of an asset or creating a service request.

To add actions to asset types

The following image shows how to add actions to asset types:

For more details about how to add actions to asset types, see Adding assets

To create actions for assets

  1. On the Location Management tab, select Assets > Actions Library.
  2. Click Add, or select an existing service action.
  3. Complete the following fields:

    FieldDescription
    NameSpecify the name of the action.
    Type

    Choose a type from the list:

  4. Click Save.

To localize actions, see Localizing titles and messages.

To add QR codes to assets 

If an asset has a QR code, users can scan the asset to find its profile in BMC Digital Workplace. With asset actions, create buttons on the profile to link to self-help resources or to enable users to report that the asset has a problem.

Note

The following video shows an older version of BMC Digital Workplace. The previous product name was MyIT. Although there might be minor changes in the user interface, the overall functionality remains the same.

https://youtu.be/_S5Amr9oxQ0

BMC Digital Workplace can use any type of code that mobile devices recognize. For example, Apple iOS devices can detect the following codes: UPC-A, UPC-E, Code 39, Code 39 mod 43, Code 93, Code 128, EAN-8, EAN-13, Aztec, PDF417, and QR.

related-topic See more details about adding assets and creating actions for them.

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