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Enterprise Help Desk

Since 2007, ScienceSoft designs and runs enterprise IT help desks that help achieve 90%+ user satisfaction through elaborate support procedures.

Enterprise Help Desk - ScienceSoft
Enterprise Help Desk - ScienceSoft

Help Desk for Enterprise: A Brief Outline

  • Time: from 2—4 weeks to launch an outsourced help desk.
  • Team: support agents, a team lead, a project manager, a system administrator.
  • Cost: if outsourced, $6—$13 per L1 ticket and $22—$28 per L2 ticket.

Enterprise Help Desk Setup Plan

An enterprise help desk is a way to efficiently resolve IT-related issues and requests of end users. The paths to achieving this efficiency are unique to every enterprise. They depend on the organization's needs, the IT infrastructure complexity, the chosen sourcing model, and many other factors. ScienceSoft outlines four general steps to establishing a robust help desk. Each step can be adjusted to your specific needs.

Step 1. Planning

The basis of an efficient help desk is a thorough analysis of your needs. Determine the expected:

  • Types of users to support (in-house employees, customers, or both).
  • Requests volume and urgency.
  • Level of support (L1, L2, L3).
  • Challenges your help desk is bound to resolve (a difficult-to-navigate IT system, low user satisfaction rate, decreased employees' productivity, etc.).

Other key steps at the planning stage:

  • Estimating the help desk budget.
  • Choosing a sourcing model (in-house vs. outsourced).
  • Creating a risk management plan (e.g., defining actions to take if the number of tickets exceeds the expected volume, hardware or software fails, your in-house support agents churn quickly).

Step 2. Design

  • Outlining help desk operating procedures, including the instructions for ticket resolution and the process of ticket triaging or escalation.
  • Identifying KPIs to monitor.

Sample KPIs ScienceSoft tracks

Sample KPIs ScienceSoft tracks:

  • First response time is the period between the user sending a request and the support agent responding to it. Efficient help desk marker: ≤30 min FRT.
  • User satisfaction rate (usually based on the surveys completed once a ticket is closed) measures the users' satisfaction with the support provided. Efficient help desk marker: ≥90% USAT.
  • Resolution rate is the number of tickets resolved during a given time out of all the received tickets. Efficient help desk marker: ≥70% RR.
  • You may also track: average time to resolution, call abandonment rate, mean-time-to-engineer, and other parameters.


  • Determining must-have and desired help desk functionality (based on the elicited needs).

Help Desk Manager at ScienceSoft

Enterprise help desk software usually offers an extensive list of features, including advanced ones like AI-powered chatbot or agent collision detection. However, based on my experience, I can name top 5 features that make the core of our clients' help desks. They are multi-channel support, knowledge base, self-service portal, automated ticket routing, and automated notification of the ticket's progress.

Step 3. Choosing a sourcing model

For an in-house help desk

If you establish an in-house help desk, you need to organize the whole workflow from scratch.

3.1 Tool selection and customization

Selecting a help desk tool that suits the business requirements defined during the previous stage.

3.2 Hiring and training help desk staff

Hire support agents with strong interpersonal skills and proficiency in your users' languages. To cut training time, give priority to the candidates who have experience with the chosen help desk platform.

Prepare comprehensive training materials for support agents. Before starting, they need to have a solid understanding of:

  • Support procedures (ticketing system usage, resolution of various types of support requests, escalation procedures, communication protocols with end users, etc.).
  • Knowledge base (its effective usage and maintenance).
  • Security (your company's security protocols, ways of maintaining end users' privacy, etc.).

For an outsourced help desk

3.1 Vendor selection

With so many help desk providers on the market, we recommend you pay attention to the provider that has:

  • Proven experience in long-term help desk service delivery.
  • Flexible service packages and pricing models.
  • Support agents with tech background.
  • Expertise in a wide range of tools and platforms.
  • Willingness to create a vendor-neutral knowledge base.

Help Desk Manager at ScienceSoft

We are always ready to do a test task or share sample reports, KPIs, and examples of our real interaction with users. Our potential customers are also welcome to contact our clients to confirm the quality of our service and our approach to collaboration.

Step 4. Help desk launch

If you go for outsourcing, sign an SLA describing the service scope, KPIs, reporting frequency, and other key collaboration aspects. Your help desk is ready to be launched, once you sign the agreement and finish the knowledge transfer (i.e., share the details about your IT infrastructure, communication and security protocols with your outsourcing provider).

If you go with the in-house option, your help desk will be up and running after establishing smooth communication among all help desk stakeholders (i.e., support agents, IT personnel, users). Let your team access the software, provide end users with instructions on how to get IT support, and your help desk is ready to operate.

Step 5. Help desk optimization

Continuously streamline help desk workflows as a result of:

  • Gathering and implementing best practices.
  • Continuously maintaining the knowledge base.
  • Gathering and analyzing user feedback.
  • KPI monitoring.

ScienceSoft's Success Stories

Consider ScienceSoft's Help Desk Service Options

Help desk outsourcing

Instantly access a help desk team with the following features:

  • Flexible coverage options (24/7, 12/7, 12/5, or 8/5).
  • Up and down scalability.
  • L1, L2, and L3 support levels.
  • Proficiency in English, German, Spanish, Turkish, etc.
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Help desk consulting

Get expert help with:

  • Help desk feasibility study (ROI, TCO, workflow analysis, etc.).
  • Help desk design and planning (KPIs, team roles, communication channels, etc.).
  • Selection of fitting help desk tools.
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What Our Customers Say

We are glad to have ScienceSoft as our Partner who can maintain high customer satisfaction no matter the caseload. After a year of steady collaboration, ScienceSoft's team resolves around 88% of all incoming cases from more than 30 of our clients.

ScienceSoft handled our offices across the world, from the HQ in Herne and all the way to Tennessee. They stick to SLAs, provide competent support, and make sure incidents are resolved or escalated as soon as possible.

ScienceSoft's team demonstrates high technical competence, a proactive and responsible approach to IT support services, and full compliance with HVG's SLA. After a year of working together, we requested a ticket package twice as large as the initial one, and now they reliably handle Tier 1 support for many of our clients.

What Makes ScienceSoft a Trusted Help Desk Outsourcing Provider

  • 16 years of experience in help desk.
  • 750+ IT experts on board, including AWS Certified Solution Architects, Microsoft Certified Professionals, Red Hat Certified System Administrators, etc.
  • ISO 27001 certification to guarantee that our customers' data is carefully protected.
  • ISO 9001 certification to ensure high service quality and transparent workflows.

Benefits of Enterprise Help Desk Outsourcing to ScienceSoft

Support engineers with tech roots

ScienceSoft guanrantees a fast dive into the specifics of your IT infrastructure and, correspondingly, a quick help desk launch and professional management at all L1–L3 support levels.

~70% reduction in user errors

ScienceSoft can develop detailed user guides to ensure smooth user experience and prompt adoption of IT solutions.

90%+ user satisfaction score

Fast issue resolution by ScienceSoft eliminates users' frustration and promotes their positive experience.

Typical Roles on ScienceSoft's Help Desk Teams

A typical ScienceSoft's help desk team includes the following members:

L1 engineer

  • Processes and categorizes user issues and requests incoming via calls, emails, social media platforms, etc.
  • Creates tickets for every issue and elicits necessary details from users.
  • Resolves common user-side issues and requests and basic hardware issues.
  • Triages and escalates complex tickets to L2 and L3 support teams.

L2 engineer

  • Processes and categorizes the tickets escalated from L1 and incoming directly.
  • Resolves complex issues like multi-factor authentication management, app configuration, software incompatibility with a current operating system, etc.
  • Performs advanced software troubleshooting, monitors server infrastructure, manages updates and patches, etc.
  • Escalates issues requiring code changes to L3.

L3 engineer

  • Processes complex technical issues and requests for infrastructure changes.
  • Allocates issues and requests to the right IT team (security, infrastructure, development, etc.).
  • Resolves issues by changing the code, CI/CD implementation, cloud storage optimization, database configurations, etc.

Support team lead

  • Sets goals and KPIs and ensures their achievement.
  • Makes plans for the team's professional development.
  • Develops schedules for support agents to ensure effective coverage even during peak times.
  • Monitors team performance and compiles reports for management.

Project manager

  • Manages the help desk budget.
  • Decides on the help desk team composition.
  • Ensures KPI achievement.
  • Approves support processes and ensures their constant improvement.

System administrator

  • Installs, configures, and updates help desk software.
  • Promptly resolves software and hardware issues to ensure uninterrupted help desk operations.

Help Desk Sourcing Models

Help Desk Cost Breakdown

The average cost of enterprise help desk services ranges from $3,200/month to $7,200+/month.

The cost depends on the required support levels, monthly ticket number, and time coverage. The L1 ticket price may range from $6 to $14, depending on the service package:

200 tickets

1,000 tickets

2,000 tickets

Monthly costs

Price per ticket

An L2 ticket may cost from $22 to $28*. In comparison, the yearly costs of running an in-house help desk start at $740,000, including staff hiring and onboarding expenses.

*The estimates provided are not ScienceSoft's official rates for help desk services. We calculate the cost of each project individually, based on our customers' specific situations and needs.

Factors Influencing Enterprise Help Desk Costs


  • Help desk levels (L1, L2, L3, or several).
  • Time coverage (24/7, 12/7, 12/5, 8/5, or other).
  • Required support languages.
  • Number of support agents.
  • The availability of knowledge base.
  • Communication channels (voice calls, email, social media, etc.).

For an in-house help desk

  • Hiring and training support agents.

For an outsourced help desk

  • IT landscape complexity (the number of apps, platforms, and databases in use, the presence of legacy systems, etc.).
  • A variety of KPIs outlined in the SLA.

Tools and Technologies for a Help Desk


Do I need different teams for software and hardware issues?

Usually, a support agent is trained to deal with both types of technical issues, troubleshooting software and hardware remotely. You can also extend an outsourced or in-house team with on-site support engineers who will mend hardware in a physical location.

How can I protect myself from vendor lock-in?

Here are just a few tips to avoid dependence on a single vendor:

  • Make sure the contract specifies the conditions under which you can terminate it without incurring excessive fees.
  • Choose a help desk vendor whose platforms and technologies adhere to open standards. Proprietary standards for data storage and exchange will hinder your smooth switch to an alternative help desk provider and cause major compatibility issues.
  • Clearly define data ownership rights in your contract. Ensure that you retain all the rights and that the provider allows for easy extraction and transfer of your data when needed.
  • Regularly back up your data in a format that is easily portable to avoid being held hostage by proprietary data formats.
About ScienceSoft

About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is a global IT consulting and IT service company with HQ in McKinney, TX, US, and offices in Europe and the Gulf. Since 2007, we deliver L1–L3 help desk outsourcing services and advise clients on help desk setup, management, and cost optimization. Our clients achieve ~ 90% user satisfaction rate and up to 150% cost reduction compared to in-house support.