Looking ahead to 2012

It’s that time of the year again, when we look at the calendar and count down the last few days of the year, eagerly looking forward to ushering in a new one. There’s an enticing feeling that comes about, when you know a new year is upon you and that it’s the right time to wipe the slate clean and start afresh.

2011 for us, was a big year.

We launched the fifth major release of Helpdesk Pilot this year, marking V5 as the most significant update to the product ever. It wasn’t just an update, but a new avatar of our help desk management software, as we rebuilt the product on a new architecture with significant new features and capabilities over it.

We’ve been receiving great feedback from all our users and it’s helped us in channeling our development roadmap for the next year. During 2011, we were able to consistently roll out new features and enhancements on a monthly basis, which has progressively improved the capabilities that Helpdesk Pilot has to offer.

Support teams can manage their performance goals as a part of their service offering, create and maintain work orders, cater to tickets efficiently whilst out on the field, and more.

Our Enterprise Edition has been a winner in numerous large scale help desk deployments across the USA & Europe, both for its feature packed status as well as its affordability. As more and more businesses look to trim costs but continue to maintain, and excel, in core areas such as support services, Helpdesk Pilot remains a powerful product to help them achieve that.

We can’t wait to bring more powerful capabilities your way, to empower your support services even more. It’s been a great year so far and we’re sure 2012’s going to be even better.

Thanks for supporting us and being a part of this growth. From all of us at Tenmiles, here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a rocking new year!

Perform ticket-level actions when replying to end users via email

Till now, 2 way email integration has allowed for staff responses to be added on a ticket, by merely replying to the notifications that staff members receive via email. This is beneficial for staff members or help desk agents in the field, when it may be difficult for them to actually make use of the web interface, to stay updated of new tickets and respond where needed.

With email being directed to their mobile devices, staff responses via email ensure that:

– the ticket within Helpdesk Pilot is appended with the update


– the response is sent to the end user, as an email

Helpdesk Pilot is now even more mobile-device friendly, as staff can now perform ticket level actions when replying to end users, via email. These actions include changing a ticket’s status, priority or the assignee (staff member to whom the ticket is assigned).

Be it via a Blackberry, iPhone, Android or any other mobile device capable of receiving and sending emails, staff members need to make use of a simple set of tags to perform these actions:

@@set [action]@@

where [action] could consist of a combination of status, priority or assignee changes.

Let’s have a look at how a ticket’s status can be changed, through this example.

John Doe sends in a request and Pulkit Sankhla (from the Helpdesk Pilot Team) is notified of this ticket via his iPhone, since he’s currently on the move.


If Pulkit had accessed this ticket via his staff interface, this is how the ticket would have been displayed, in it’s current NEW status:


Now, Pulkit’s keen on responding to John as early as possible, so he taps Reply on his iPhone and begins the response with the action tag:


The tag has to be inserted in the first line of the response, following which the rest of the message can be typed out. Pulkit then sends the response, which gets routed through Helpdesk Pilot and then onto the customer. Helpdesk Pilot will strip the first line of the response, thereby removing the action tag and ensuring that the customer receives only the actual message.

If we now look at the ticket display, within the staff interface, we can see that the reply has been appended (after removing the action tag from the message body) and the status changed to OPEN.

In such a way, the tag used can be extended to include status, priority and assignee, as required. For more details on how these tags can be used, please visit the Notifications page within your admin’s Manage section, or simply get in touch with us.

The ability to perform ticket level actions via email offers more capabilities to field agents and makes for more efficient ticket management, when on the move. Leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!

Provide your techs in the field with printed service requests

As part of your support offering to customers, it may be necessary for your techs to personally visit the customer’s premises, look into the request and resolve it. In such cases, your techs need to have prior information on the customer and the ticket he/she raised.

Within Helpdesk Pilot, the ticket is displayed with relevant customer and ticket specific information as well as the communication exchanged between the customer and your support staff, in a conversational view.

This format looks great when viewed on your support staff’s 17″ LCD screen, but techs in the field need a simple template to work with.

Helpdesk Pilot has a print-friendly ticket view that extracts all the details on a ticket and displays it in the following tabular format, well spaced for easy viewing:

Each ticket can then be printed in A4 format and handed over to your techs in the field, for use during their daily support calls.

Going one step further, the print view can be exported in a PDF format and used as a more concise, digital version of the original ticket. Many organizations now outfit their techs with tablets (such as the iPad) in a move to be more environmentally friendly.

Therefore, techs can easily download their assigned set of service requests and refer to them whilst in the field, doing away with the need for actual paper based printouts.

Get a quick overview of the benefits that Helpdesk Pilot has to offer

On the lookout for a help desk management software and pressed for time?

We’ve put together a short presentation that highlights the key features that Helpdesk Pilot provides, along with an indication on how they could potentially fit in line with your workflows.

A minute or two is all you need to browse through this overview, for a detailed insight on Helpdesk Pilot.

If you have any specific queries with regards to requirements that you’d like to implement, feel free to get in touch with us. We’d love to chat and learn more of your needs.


The Power of Helpdesk Pilot on the cloud

Helpdesk Pilot is offered as a deployable software, that you can install and manage on your server. This is the favoured route for many businesses that prefer to have their applications managed in-house rather than have it hosted by the service provider.

If, however, you prefer a hosted help desk solution, then we invite you to consider HappyFox

HappyFox is essentially Helpdesk Pilot on the cloud and offers the same level of functionalities, in a hosted format. Both these products share a common development roadmap, with similar feature sets that are rolled out on a regular basis. 

Our objective is to offer two delivery channels for our help desk management software, to cater to the individual needs of your business. Whether it’s Helpdesk Pilot or HappyFox, you’re assured of a trusted and feature rich application managing your help desk operations.

Tip of the week – Creating a customized welcome page for your help desk

A while back, we highlighted how your help desk can be branded with your corporate logo and name. This gives your end users a familiar feeling when they visit the help desk for their support needs, but we thought that it may be worthwhile to go a step further.

You can now include customized content on the welcome page, to convey any additional information to your end users.  

The highlighted area of the screenshot below indicates the content section that can be customized:


To add your customized content, navigate to the General Settings page (within the Manage tab of your Admin interface). In addition to normal text, the HTML enabled editor allows you to make use of HTML tags to build your desired content.

Perhaps an indication of your help desk’s operating hours and timelines for support responses? With a link to contact a Customer Support Manager for any critical issues?

Or maybe a more personalized guideline on how they can use the help desk to submit their requests and/or browse the Knowledge Base?

So go ahead and speak out through your help desk. Yet another step in ensuring that your help desk reflects your corporate image as much as possible.

We have a few customers who’ve put some creative thought in the messages they wish to convey and we’ll be covering some of them on the blog, shortly.

Creating a self-service help desk using the Knowledge Base

Knowledge Base : A special kind of database for knowledge management, providing the means for the computerized collection, organization, and retrieval of knowledge” – Wikipedia

The latest feature addition to Helpdesk Pilot allows you to achieve this, by creating and managing an online repository of information that your end users can access. 

The Knowledge Base is a standard feature across all editions of Helpdesk Pilot and integrates seamlessly to provide your end users with a self-service help desk. 


Once end users visit your help desk, they can choose to :

  1. Create a new ticket
  2. Log in to their account to view past tickets and responses
  3. Access most viewed articles
  4. Search & browse the Knowledge Base for relevant technical assistance

Let’s delve a bit deeper into that last point.

Search & Browse the Knowledge Base

The basic crux of any support request is the need for some form of assistance, which is typically sought once a support request is submitted. However, the presence of a Knowledge Base serves as a powerful online reference medium for your end users to consult. By categorizing various aspects of your support services into identifiable sections on the Knowledge Base, your end users can intuitively locate articles that are relevant to the type of issue they’re facing.


Resourceful Articles

Effective technical documentation and support oriented articles can be built using a rich text editor, that allows you to make use of multiple media sources.

Insert images and video to create step by step troubleshooting guides. If you’re well versed in HTML, make use of the HTML editor to build a more customized article pulling in references from other web sources.


The Knowledge Base is available on our full featured trial, which you can sign up for here. (If you already have an active trial, log into your admin interface and click on the Knowledge Base tab to get started)

Tip of the week – Using the summary view of a contact’s profile

Rapid turnaround time is one of the key ingredients to providing exceptional support to your contacts.

The ability to achieve this rests on a number of factors, one of them being the ability to gauge a contact’s past ticket history and profile, prior to resolving a reported issue.

With this in mind, we’ve linked the Contact entry on each ticket box with the Contacts Manager. This now allows you to view important contact related information, right on the ticket.

To access this summary view, (both in the Ticket View & Ticket Detail pages) simply click on the contact name that’s displayed on the ticket box:


This brings up a drop-down view with key stats on the contact:


You’ll notice that there are two individual ticket counts in the summary view:

– total number of tickets that the contact has submitted till date, using the displayed email ID

– number of tickets that are in a pending (open) state

Having this information may be sufficient enough for help desk staff to begin resolving the reported issue. For example, a contact may have indicated that he/she has sent in multiple requests that are yet to be resolved. A brief look at the number of open tickets for that contact serves as a handy check.

In the event that a more detailed view of a contact’s profile is necessary, click on the email ID to navigate to the profile within the Contact’s Manager. 

We’d love to know how the summary view assists your help desk operations. Leave us a comment!

Tip of the week – The Red Dot


Remember The Red Dot episode from Seinfled, the greatest show ever? (Tenmiles has a serious bunch of Seinfeld fans too). Read on to see what our very own red dot in Helpdesk Pilot means.

The red circle that may appear at the end of the ticket box, indicates that the last reply on the ticket has been sent by the customer. This can be particularly useful while going through the tickets on the Ticket view page to immediately identify those tickets which requires the staff’s attention. Once the ticket has been replied to by the staff, the red circle will go away and be replaced by a more soothing grey one. 


Your staff can now go ahead and work towards attending to those tickets with the red dot, just by taking a glance at the tickets view page. 

Useful? Leave us a comment.

What’s kept us busy


Ladies & Gentlemen,

It gives us immense pleasure to introduce you to Helpdesk Pilot, V5. 

V5 represents the most feature rich and capable Helpdesk Pilot release till date, building on the aims and objectives of our development efforts ever since Helpdesk Pilot was first conceived in 2005.

Over the last year, we’ve collected feedback from our valued clients across the world and studied their help desk requirements to understand the core capabilities that a help desk management application should ideally be able to deliver on. All this feedback was pooled in to our development resources and we’re excited about the significant capabilities that Helpdesk Pilot now has to offer.

V5 offers a tremendous number of new features and enhancements. Some of the key highlights include:

  • an all-new reporting architecture, allowing for custom reports to be built on-the-fly using any combination of data sources across the help desk
  • a revamped user interface, offering a more flexible working environment to help desk staff
  • more customizable options, to bring your help desk in line with your business processes

For a detailed look at what V5 has to offer, please visit the features page.

Helpdesk Pilot V5 is ready to be shipped against all new purchases made, beginning today. 

For existing users of Helpdesk Pilot (with valid support/upgrade contracts), we are planning a data migration cycle to allow you to move to V5 and will be releasing a separate post on this shortly. In addition, we will be communicating with you individually to update you on this process. (Migration cycles will take place during the month of April)

We invite you to browse through our revamped site, sign up for a free trial and savour the all-new Helpdesk Pilot. 

V5 is just the beginning. There are even greater things in store for Helpdesk Pilot and we look forward to bringing them your way.