Today we’re shining the spotlight on Diane Ogston, a Senior Service Delivery Manager at Sword responsible for our Resolve Managed Service. Resolve provide 24x7, 365 day operational support in Service Desk, Desktop, Applications, and Infrastructure Support for our customers in Energy and Finance.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey since joining Sword?
Prior to joining Sword in September 2016, I had progressed from Service Desk Analyst roles into Service Management. This experience was brought to the fore in my role as Service Delivery Manager, with responsibility for our services across multiple customers. In 2019, Sword Resolve was created to bring together Sword’s service desk teams under one roof and I jumped at the chance to design, build, and manage the service.
What services and specialties do Sword Resolve provide and can you tell us about the sectors Sword Resolve customers operate in?
We cover the front-end IT services for several Oil and Gas Operators, Engineering companies, and customers in the Finance sector. We provide 24 x 7 x 365-day operational support in 4 different disciplines: Service Desk, Desktop, Applications, and Infrastructure Support. Our services are transferable across all industries, it’s about getting to know the customer and their individual requirements.
Resolve has added 2 new customers in the past 12 months, can you tell us about the onboarding process and the benefits that Resolve delivers to our customers?
We have expanded our customer base and the process has differed between each customer. Do they have a support service currently in place, are they a new business with no processes, do they want all Resolve service lines or only specific? We also extend the use of our IT Service Management tool to customers for use in their operational teams if desired. Generally, we will agree on the order of services for their transition journey over 3 months to allow Resolve to fit the customer needs.
In terms of benefits, Resolve offers customers a scalable and flexible service model with a reliable single point of contact dedicated to your business with access to the latest technologies and expertise within our extended Sword services. Outsourcing your service desk to Sword Resolve also reduces operational costs and provides 24/7 support for our customers.
Resolve supports customers ranging from 5 to 1,500 users. What levels of service do Resolve provide and can these be tailored to suit each customer?
They are absolutely tailored to suit each customer and their specific needs. Resolve offers variable services, bespoke to clients’ business needs. We have customers who use all service lines and others who only use us to support their businesses out of hours for business-critical issues. Our service levels cover a wide range of disciplines in Service Desk, Desktop, Applications, and Infrastructure Support.
The Sword Resolve service has matured in recent times, what changes have been implemented and how has offered new opportunities for Sword employees and our customers?
In 2020, the foundations were created – 2021 is about building on that. In March this year, we recognised that Resolve had hit a milestone of maturity and we wanted to enable future adaption and scalability to best meet customer needs. As a result, we made changes in our team structure to bring more technical specialism to the fore. This included, assigning stream leads and junior roles in our Apps/Infra streams. This organisational change offered a clear route of progression within the service for our employees and also benefited our customers with a scalable service, improved knowledge capture, and proactive management of the operational activities. Ultimately, it’s about creating space and time for continual service improvements that benefit our customers.
The Resolve team has been working on service improvement ideas for our customers, can you tell us about a recent example of these and how it has improved our service?
Each team member has a goal to identify service improvements. Some of these have been as simple as defining new daily procedures, proactively identifying and resolving any potential issues that may arise from high disk space usage to backup failures. We’ve recently identified a need for an improved security policy for a customer, reducing the security risk to that business. As our team develop and continually learn new technologies, we can also share the benefits of that knowledge with our customers as we support them or guide them on best practice.
What would you say to someone considering a role with Sword Resolve?
It’s such an exciting time to join the service, we are still evolving, and our staff are very much part of that process. The experience gained supporting multiple clients is invaluable and we have a defined career progression route within Resolve that also extends to the Sword Group as a whole. There’s a fantastic spirit in the team and it’s a great place to make a real difference to the way our customers work.
Sword delivers practical business technology solutions to support our customers in Energy, Public and Finance Sectors. Spanning Oil & Gas, the Energy Transition, Renewables, and Digital Adoption we provide day to day operational support, digital solution deployment, transition projects, and technical consultancy. Our expertise runs from IT, business technology, and infrastructure, to subsurface, production, engineering, and corporate data and information.