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SaaB – Software as a Bot

Bots are taking over the internet with Facebook, Microsoft (Skype) and Google investing heavily in them. More and more chat applications like Slack, WeChat, and Telegram are releasing Bot APIs to allow more customers to interact with Bots to get things done.  For example, WeChat allows people to send money, book a taxi and even buy insurance in China. With Bots, messaging apps becoming more than just human to human interaction.

It is interesting to explore how bots can help in customer service, as Techcrunch pointed out “Bots, Messenger and the future of customer service“. Chat is often faster and simpler than making a phone call. To explore this we at CloudGo have built ServiceNow integration with Slack, WeChat, Telegraph to make “ServiceNow as a Bot”.

Slack

With the CloudGo Slack-ServiceNow bot you can engage your employees with ServiceNow. Need to collaborate on incidents or service requests?  Want to centralise approvals and knowledge articles?  Use Slack as the messaging and collaboration app, and let ServiceNow act as a Bot in the background.

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WeChat & Telegram

WeChat is of course huge in China, and Telegram is best known for its security and encryption capability.

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Use cases for ServiceNow Bot –

  • Major Incident Notification
  • Approvals by chat
  • Update notifications
  • Reminder for Tasks
  • Password reset
  • Service Request
  • so on….

 

SUMMARY

As we drive digital transformation at our customers, leveraging powerful platforms like ServiceNow “as a Bot” is a powerful was to meet your staff and customers where they live and work. We predict that SaaB will reduce human intervention and increase automation, and will be the next evolution of Service Management.

Contact us for more details.

 

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systemsGo invests in digital transformation consultancy

systemsGo today announced they have invested in Singapore-based startup CloudGo.  CloudGo provides digital transformation consultancy services specialized in delivering customer success and service management.

systemsGo Group CEO David Devlin said investing in CloudGo  assists customers in driving innovation through cloud technologies and digital transformation, which is a key priority for many CIO’s and business leaders.

CloudGo co-founder Rory Fitzpatrick said the investment will help facilitate working capital and hiring in Singapore and Australia through the year.  Fitzpatrick is the former Asian regional manager for Cloud Sherpas, which were acquired by Accenture last year. “Having the backing of a successful, 18-year old company like systemsGo allows us to bring stability and certainty to our clients and team, whilst still retaining a startup ethos,” he said.

The service management offering helps unlock the complexities of IT Service Management (ITSM) and drive best practices into other business services like Finance, HR, Facilities and Legal.  CloudGo has also built proprietary apps for recruitment, time and expense management, and integration to Slack and WeChat.  For customer success, CloudGo’s frameworks for sales, marketing and service excellence helps move from reactive CRM, to proactive or pre-emptive customer engagement.

About systemsGo

systemsGo is a well-established and growing IT professional services company based in Tokyo with offices in Osaka, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney, Hyderabad and also servicing clients in Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi and Taipei.

We are committed to providing our clients with the highest-quality professional services which include IT infrastructure support, systems integration, project management, consulting and staffing solutions. Our client portfolio includes blue chip private equity firms, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, law firms, IT companies, trading & manufacturing firms.  Find out more about systemsGo at www.systemsgo.asia

About CloudGo

A startup with scale, CloudGo is a digital transformation company that solves customer success, service management, mobility and analytics challenges.  CloudGo helps customers in ASEAN and Australia improve time to market, reduce the cost of manual paperwork and workflow, improve customer retention and cross-sell and improve user and customer experience.

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The Four Challenges With Most Recruitment Applications

Businesses that use software to help them manage and recruit both fulltime and temporary staff are found to be 40% more productive compared to those without them. However, only 60% of small businesses use some form of recruitment app.  Why?  Our research shows that there are four main challenges.

Challenges:

  1. Wastage of Time: Recruiting without a recruitment application leads to several sourcing issues – mostly because of an overwhelming amount of unorganized paperwork. It’s a challenge to source resumes, to ensure you don’t call the same candidates multiple times, and to consistently capture candidate information. Because this is usually done in spreadsheets or a Word document, it’s difficult to form a strong database. Now extrapolate that to the challenge of contingent staff (temp workers, contractors, freelancers) and your challenge grows exponentially.
  2. Reporting and analytics: Those businesses which are using recruitment software are also facing problems especially relating to reporting and analytics. Reporting is a tool which is used by businesses to measure the performance and effectiveness. But our research shows that many companies struggle to get anything more than simple, out of the box reports. For example, if you wanted reports related to process flow for a particular hiring manager, time to fill, and other key metrics. Speed and accuracy of reporting is often a challenge.
  3. Cost: The integration of recruitment software into the industry was a boon to large companies, but to the small and medium sized firms, the hefty price tags made these systems untenable. Enterprise system can range up to hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars per year.
  4. Not Integrated to Internal Systems: Great, we’ve picked a new hire. Now how to bridge that dangerous ground from offer through to them actually joining, and making that a great experience for all?  How can you automate the outreach while we wait for them to join, and ensure that Monday morning they have a desk, email, phone and laptop?

 

How CloudGo’s ServiceNow Recruitment Application helps overcome the above challenges:

  1. Time Saver: Integrating this application will help you capture every detail of the recruitment process in the system, and that record gets saved for the future. So this automatically eliminates your “spreadsheet hell” and reduces the possibility of doubling up work on the same candidates. As a result of which you can build a strong database with no duplicates along with candidate’s status in the process.
  2. Reporting and Analytics: This Recruitment application enables users to get reports of their choice. ServiceNow reports can be lists, charts, or calendar-based views of data in a particular table. We’ve built a range of predefined reports that pertain to applications and features. If none of the predefined reports meet recruiter needs, there’s a simple drag and drop user interface to get the data you need.
  3. Cost Effective: This application can be customized according to the budget of the organization. This product can be easily integrated in Mid-sized organizations making your recruitment process easier and faster.
  4. Onboarding capability: ServiceNow has pre-built capability around onboarding staff, from triggering tasks to ensure the manager is out-reaching to them before they join, to integrating to internal finance and IT systems to set up their payroll, turn on their email and internet access, and other Day 0 activities.

Apart from above there are following:

  1. Mobile & Laptop Version:In this age of technology, one expect and require mobile and laptop functionality and we provide it. So even if you are out of office, or you are not having laptop still you can have an access to this software and thus work can be done.
  2. Cloud Based & SaaS: These days one need to be able to access your entire business from any part of the world. The ServiceNow platform is a powerful cloud application platform that enables you to do that and meet end‑user expectations for a modern, consumerized experience. It empowers requestors and fulfillers of work tasks to achieve greater productivity by linking real‑time data with activities, tasks, and processes to achieve better work outcomes. With Software-as-a-service feature it becomes easy for an organization to implement and adopt this software application at lower cost in which upgrades are much simpler.
  3. Per Hire Visibility: You can have a real-time view of the progress of your candidates all the time. What stage are they at?  Whose approval are we waiting on?  Has the offer been sent?
  4. Improved Security: Every organization needs to know whether their data is secured in the cloud or not. ServiceNow’s security complies to international standards and is regularly independently audited. Your data gets secured by using access controls like by IP address, by User, by Role, and using multi-factor authentication.
  5. Workflows: Need to change how a process works? No problem. Workflows are easy to configure, for example if different level of approvals are required depending on the position hiring for, it just takes a few clicks.
  6. SLA’s and KPI’s: With SLA’s it becomes easy to track KPI’s of an Employee/Department/Organization. This gives exact picture whether KPI’s are being met or not. Also multiple SLA’s can be run simultaneously – for example, one can have SLA running from end to end (creating a requisition till closure) or an SLA only for Sourcing or for Screening or for both. This solves your challenge of calculating how much time it took to fill a particular position.

In summary, the four challenges that most businesses face in recruiting aren’t that challenging at all with the right systems in place.  What challenges are you facing in recruiting permanent and temporary staff?

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ServiceNow Express for Mid-sized organisations

For the last 10 years ServiceNow has focused on enterprise customers in the Fortune 1000, and have a long list of successful deployments to show for it. Recently, they have started focusing on Mid-sized organisations and launched ServiceNow Express for organisations with less than 1,000 workers.

With ServiceNow Express, IT teams have a powerful new IT automation solution that provide these key functions:

  • Incident, problem and change automation to speed the assignment and resolution of tickets, fix recurring issues and help IT teams stop managing services with email.
  • Self service which gives supported end users a clean, simple front end to their IT support organization.
  • Discovery finds a computer or device, it explores the device’s configuration, provisioning, and current status and updates the CMDB accordingly.
  • Custom Application allow customers to develop new applications that meet their business needs.
  • Asset tracking to replace spreadsheets with a single system of record to see what assets the IT team manages, where assets reside, how they are performing and what issues are tagged to them.
  • Visual Task Boards to give IT managers a unique and easy way to assign the team work through a drag-and-drop interface, including changing assignee, adding tasks, resetting priorities and collaborating with the team.
  • One-click reporting on any metric to track performance and demonstrate the value of IT to business leaders.

 

Express is purpose-built to get IT up and running quickly with these elements:

  • Pre-configured workflows and more than 150 report templates speed time to value. IT teams can use the templates to automatically run reports rich with easy-to-read graphs, charts and lists and then send them to a group of users.
  • Codeless business rules help administrators define automatic data entry behaviors and assignment rules to track key metrics and ticket routing, such as automatically creating incidents from end-user emails.
  • A quick-start guide and an administration home page designed for time-strapped IT teams to get up and run rapidly with their in-house resources.

 

SUMMARY

ServiceNow express gives Mid-sized customers access to enterprise grade cloud to solve Service Management challenges. It is ideal for organisations with less than 1000 workers. If you decide to move to the Enterprise version there is no upgrade fee.  You may, of course, need more licenses, and please note CloudGo does not have the rights to resell ServiceNow to you, but we’d be happy to make the introduction.  You can signup to get a free trial, or for more details on Express you can see more videos.

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How to save between $60,000 to $400,000 by moving to the cloud

Many Singaporean entities are struggling with the same questions.  How do I innovate in difficult economic conditions?  How do I improve my business productivity, so I keep profit margins stable even while revenue is under pressure?

It surprises us that many Singaporean entities don’t know about the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) Scheme run by IRAS.  “Under the PIC Scheme, businesses can enjoy 400% tax deductions/allowances and/or 60% cash payout for investments made in any of the Six Qualifying Activities from the Years of Assessment (YAs) 2013 to 2018.”

There are six “qualifying activities” under the PIC scheme, the first of which is “Acquisition and Leasing of PIC IT and Automation Equipment”.  Items in the list include:

“Information technology software including office system software and software used in connection with provision of any office automation service, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management such as reservations, registration, queue management, ordering, billings and collections, inventory management, record management, knowledge management, human resource and payroll management, financial information and business management such as accounting and assets management, and personnel business travel request, information and management.”

The bold highlighting is ours – we are focussed on service management and customer success, after all – but also note you are entitled to a “100% accelerated writeoff for capital allowances” on these items.

So where does the $60,000 come from?  Simple.  There are two ways to claim PIC deductions:

  1. You take the “cashback” option and get back 60% of a $100k investment, so $60k in straight cash. OR:
  2. You take the “tax deduction” option. The Tax Deduction option lets you claim up to 400% of appropriate spend (max $600k) per year.  So you can claim up $600k x 400% = $2.4m, and at the company tax rate of 17% that’s $408,000.  So your $600k investment is actually only costing you $192,000 – an effective 68% discount!

Please note – CloudGo is not a financial services firm, this is advice only and conditions apply.  Please check with IRAS, your accountant or specialised firms like GAC Group who can help you make any claim.

So what does this mean to you?

CloudGo can help you pull together a first project around customer success or service management, and your investment in software like Salesforce, ServiceNow, Devicedesk or DocuSign can be offset.  Hence, your project doesn’t have to jump as many hurdles to show a successful ROI.

We’ll be running a webinar on this in late March.  To register for it, or for more information, please contact us.

 

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Welcome to CloudGo

CloudGo started as an idea first: that we could grow and have fun while solving interesting problems for people.  That we could create a business that the best in our niche in the market would want to join, and that we could invest in relationships with our customers.  Somewhere that was big enough to handle tough problems, but small enough to look after the people involved.

We’ve had plenty of comments about our startup, and thankfully all of it positive: the two most widely used comments “adventure” and “exciting”. And that’s what it feels like to us: an exciting adventure, where we might be able to do interesting things for and with our customers, partners and team.  Now, we’re not Scorpion who can deliver “any funded need” (Podcast from Tim Ferriss here)– we’re very specific about what we do.

We deliver digital projects with a speciality in service management, customer success and analytics. That’s it.  And we are very focussed on the PaaS/SaaS technology platforms that we use to deliver these outcomes.  We’ve leveraged our experience in these spaces to select the leading solutions, and then we’ve doubled down on those.  Although we’re still working through the official paperwork to be able to call ourselves “authorised partners” of ServiceNow, Salesforce, Devicedesk and DocuSign (plus hopefully one or two more in the BI/big data space), we have the skills now to deliver outcomes. Through partnerships, we have access to 250+ certified Salesforce developers and architects, 20+ certified ServiceNow resources, and many more Mobile/UX/custom coders.  That means two things for you: first, that we can scale to larger projects, and secondly, that we can provide offshore rates to reduce your cost.

With the backing of systemsGo, we have the APAC reach and financial backing to be able to focus on delivering projects for you, and not be distracted by the noise that other startups have to deal with.

Thanks for reading this – we’ll have our first technical blogs out next week.  In case it’s not obvious, as a startup, we’re looking for foundation customers and our first success stories.  I make an offer at the bottom of our about page – feel free to contact me to discuss what that could mean for you!

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