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Assigning tickets in Smart IT

As a Smart IT user, you might have to assign tickets to yourself or to other users. Also, if you are a support agent, some BMC Live Chat tickets are assigned to you automatically.

An assignee is a person that is responsible for overseeing a ticket through its lifecycle, or until it is assigned to another person. Change the assignment of the ticket if you cannot respond to it in time to meet the SLA, or if another person or support group has a more appropriate skill set to resolve the ticket. 

For change requests, the Assignee filter in the Ticket Console refers to the Change Coordinator assignee.

When you create or edit tickets and knowledge articles on the ticket profile or in the article metadata, you can perform these actions:

  • Use the Assign to me link to assign tickets and articles to yourself. 
  • Use the Change assignment button to assign tickets to others
  • Learn how incident and work order tickets created from BMC Live Chat are automatically assigned to you
Related topics

Smart IT permissions

Scenario for creating tickets using Smart IT

Configuring automatic ticket assignments

Configuring settings for managing security incidents

Setting the default support group for a company (Live Chat documentation)

Before you begin

To ensure that tickets are assigned as expected, the administrator must:

  • Configure assignments according to the needs of the organization
  • Configure and enable the auto assignment functionality in BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite
  • Provide necessary permissions to support agents to specify ticket assignment

To change ticket assignment

  1. From ticket details, open the assignee information for editing:
    • (Universal client) Click the pencil icon in the assignment section of the ticket.
    • (Android devices) Tap the menu (three dots symbol), and then tap Edit.
    • (iOS devices) Tap Actions, and then tap Edit.
  2. (Optional) Search for an assignee by name or select a different support group. 
    You can also select a support organization to narrow the list of support groups.
  3. Select a new assignee from the list by clicking or tapping the circle to the right of the name.
  4. Click or tap Assign.

To assign tickets to yourself

If you are using Progressive Web App (PWA) screens for work order and incidents, use the Assign to me link to assign tickets to yourself.

To assign tickets to yourself in the Smart IT screens, use one of the following methods:

Assign to me link

Click the Assign to me link. 
This feature is based on the association between users and their support groups in the CTM:People form in BMC Remedy IT Service Management.  You can also assign articles to yourself using the Assign to me link.

Edit icon in the assignment sectionClick the pencil icon in the assignment section of the ticket. The Update Assignment pane is displayed.

Select the Assign to me check box. The name of the logged in user (your name) is displayed in the search box. The system displays the names of the support groups to which you belong. You must select an appropriate group to assign the ticket to yourself.


To change assignment for a ticket

In the PWA screens for work order and incidents, when you click the pencil icon in the assignment section of the ticket, the ticket opens in edit mode. You can assign the ticket to another assignee or request manager.

When you click the pencil icon in the assignment section of a ticket in Smart IT, the Update Assignment pane is displayed. It provides you options to assign the ticket to self, to other user, or to a support group best suited to resolve the ticket. 

The following table describes how you can assign tickets to yourself or to other users on the Update Assignment pane:

Available assigneesSteps to assign tickets
The best fit group

Select the Auto-assign to the best fit group check box.

The ticket is automatically assigned to a support group that is best suited to resolve the ticket. The group is selected based on the auto-assignment feature configured in BMC Remedy ITSM. For security incidents, if the Smart IT administrator has performed the configuration settings, the ticket is automatically assigned to the security team.

Another user

Search for and assign the ticket to another user. Clear the Auto-assign to the best fit group and Assign to me check boxes, and specify the user name in the search box. To search for a specific support group, select an appropriate company, organization, and support group from the Support Company, Support Organization, and the Support Group list. The company, organization, and the support group to which you have access are displayed in the list.

If you do not specify the user name but specify only the company, organization, and support group, the system displays all the users who belong to that support group. Users who belong to multiple support groups are grouped together in a list. You must expand the list to select an appropriate group.


Additional ticket assignment scenarios

The following scenarios describe how ticket assignment works in different situations:

  • If you belong to a single support group, when you click the Assign to me link, the ticket is assigned to you without opening the Update Assignment pane. 
  • If you belong to multiple support groups, when you click the Assign to me link, the Update Assignment pane is displayed in the ticket profile. In this pane, by default the Assign to me check box is selected, and your name is specified in the Search box. The system searches for the support groups to which you belong to across all support companies, support organizations, and support groups, which you can refine. You can then select and save a search result.
  • If you and the current assignee of the ticket belong to the same support group, when you click the Assign to me link, even if you belong to multiple support groups, the ticket is directly assigned to you for the same support group without opening the Update Assignment pane.
  • In Progressive Web Apps screens for work order and incidents, if you belong to multiple support groups, when you click the Assign to me link:
    • If you have selected a support group and are a member of the group, the support group details are added. 
    • If you have selected a support group and are not a member of that support group, the default support group that has assignment availability set as Yes is added. 
    • If you have selected a support group and are not a member of that support group, and the default support group has the assignment availability set as No, the first matching support group details are added.
    • If you have selected a support group and that support group is not found, an error is displayed.
    • If you have not selected a support group, the application first checks for the default support group. If the default support group is found, the group details are added. If the default group is not found, the first matching support group details are added. If a support group is not found, an error is displayed.
  • Some ticket types such as change requests, release tickets, and problem investigation tickets support multiple functional roles such as Change Coordinator, Change Manager, Work order Assignee, Work order Manager, Release Coordinator, and Problem Coordinator. If you have the functional role specified in these ticket types and belong to the support group to which the ticket is assigned, you can assign the ticket to yourself. For example, if you are a change coordinator for three support groups, on the change request profile, when you click the Assign to me link, the Update Assignment pane is displayed. You must select one out of the three support groups.
  • If you are not part of the support group to which the ticket is assigned, the Edit option in the Assignment section of the ticket profile is not available, and you cannot assign the ticket to yourself.
  • When you create a ticket, even if you are not part of the support group with the specific functional role, the Assign to me link is available. In such cases, you can assign the ticket to an appropriate user.
  • In the Update Assignment pane, when you click the Delete option to clear your name from the search box, the Assign to me check box is automatically cleared. You can assign the ticket to an appropriate group or user.

The following table contains additional scenarios of ticket assignment:

Support groups of the logged in userSupport group assigned to the ticketProfile status of the logged in userAssignment availability of the logged in userResult
Support Group 1Support Group 3EnabledAvailableThe ticket is directly assigned to the logged in user.

Support Group 1

Support Group 2

Support Group 3EnabledAvailableThe Update Assignment pane displays a list of support groups to which the logged in user belongs—Support Group 1 and Support Group 2. You can select one of the support group.

Support Group 1

Support Group 2

Support Group 3EnabledNot availableThe Update Assignment pane displays the message "Support person not found." You must select another user.

Support Group 1

Support Group 2

Support Group 3Offline / Archive / ObsoluteAvailableThe Update Assignment pane displays the message "Support person not found." You must select another user.

Support Group 1

Support Group 2

Support Group 3

Support Group 3EnabledAvailableThe ticket is directly assigned to the logged in user.

How Live Chat tickets are assigned to agents automatically

As a support agent, when you create a work order or an incident, the application checks if the ticket is being created from a template. If you are creating a ticket from a template, and assignment information is available in the template, this information is used for assignments. If assignment information is not available in the template, auto assignment rules are used.

If the administrator has set the assignTicketToLiveAgent parameter in Centralized configuration as false, assignment is done on the basis of auto assignment rules. If the assignTicketToLiveAgent parameter is set to true, then the support groups to which the agent belongs are checked.

For more information about auto assignments, see Creating assignments  (Remedy ITSM documentation).

The following graphic shows how the support group details for assignment are determined.

The following scenarios apply for support group assignment:

  • If the agent belongs to only a single support group, this support group is used for assignment.
  • If the agent belongs to multiple support groups, the application checks if a default support group has been assigned to the agent. This default support group is then used for assignment.
  • If the agent belongs to multiple support groups, and a default support group has not been assigned to the agent, then a check is done if a default support group has been defined for the company in Live Chat. This default support group is then used for assignment.
    To learn how to set the default support group for a company, see Setting the default support group for a company  (Live Chat documentation). If you do not want to define a default support group for a company, delete the entries for Live Chat default support group for that company.
  • If the agent belongs to multiple support groups, is not assigned to a default support group, and a default support group for the company has not been defined, the Update Assignment pane is displayed. Assignment values are set on the basis of selections done.

After the support group is determined, the ticket is then created and automatically associated to the agent.

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