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Customer service case form

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Customer service case form

The Case form displays detailed information about a customer issue or problem.

There are two different versions of the Case form: A detailed view that is available to agents and agent managers in the Customer Service Management application and a simplified view that is available to external customers from the Customer Service Portal.

Agent view

The agent view of the Case form includes the following components:
  • A timeline that provides a visual display of case activities.
  • Referenced entities for the case including account and contact information, product and asset information, service contract and service entitlement details, and any pertinent SLAs. Except for SLAs, this information exists in the system and can be associated with the case by the agent or agent manager.
  • All communication about the case, both external and internal. This information is stored in the Additional comments field (external communication), the Work notes field (internal communication), the Resolution notes field. The Resolution notes field stores details about the case resolution, and the Activity field, which stores all communication in a chronological list.
Agents and managers can view a Case form by navigating to Customer Support > Cases and selecting one of the following menu options:
  • My Cases
  • All
  • Open
  • Unassigned

From the Case list, click a case number to display the Case form.

Table 1. Customer Service Case form (agent view)
Field Description
Number The automatically assigned case number.
Channel The method by which the customer initiated contact and the case was opened.
  • Web (default)
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Chat
  • Social
Contact Local Time The local time of the contact assigned to the case.

It is automatically filled according to the time zone set on the Contact form. If no time zone is set on the Contact form, it is filled according to the Contact Timezone set on the case itself.

If no time zone is set on the Contact form or in the case, the field is left blank and is read-only.

If a case is closed or canceled, the Contact Local Time field is hidden.

Note: Configure the form layout to add this field to the Case form.
Contact time zone The contact time zone if the customer is working in a different time zone for the case. It overrides the Contact form time zone.

If no contact local time or contact time zone is set, the instance time zone is displayed.

Once the case is created, the field is read-only.

Note: Configure the form layout to add this field to the Case form.
Account The name of the contact's company. This field is filled in automatically if the information is available in the contact record.
Contact The name of the customer contact for this case.
Product The product model of the asset. A model is a specific version or configuration of an asset (for example, Apple Mac Book Pro).

If you select an asset in the Asset field and the asset has an associated product, the Product field is automatically updated. A product can be associated with multiple assets.

Asset The asset tag number or the serial number of the asset involved in this case.
Partner Contact The name of the partner contact for this case.
Follow the sun A check box to indicate that a case should be handed-off for global follow-up.

If a customer enters additional comments on a Priority 1 - Critical or a Priority 2 - High case, or if the case is escalated, the flag is automatically selected.

You can also manually select the check box.

The activity stream on the case form is updated with any changes.

Note: Enable the Follow the sun check box on the Customer Service case form by setting the value of the property sn_customerservice.FTS_flag_enabled to true. Configure the form layout to add this field to the Case form.
Short description A brief description of the issue or problem.
Opened The date and time that the case was opened.
Priority The assigned priority:
  • 1 — Critical
  • 2 — High
  • 3 — Moderate
  • 4 — Low (default)
State Customer service case states:
  • New
  • Open
  • Awaiting Info
  • Resolved
  • Closed
  • Canceled
Note: Configure the form layout to add this field to the Case form
Assignment group The assigned customer service agent group.
Assigned to The assigned agent. If a group is selected in the Assignment group field, the assigned agent must belong to this group.
Contract The contract number associated with this case.
Entitlement The entitlement associated with this case. The entitlements available for selection in the reference list channel matches the case creation channel. The available entitlements are filtered by the settings in the Account, Contract, Product, Asset fields.

If only one entitlement is available for this case, it is automatically added to the Entitlement field.

Partner The name of the partner company.
Notes
Watch list Users who receive notifications about this case when additional comments are added or if the state of a case is changed to Resolved or Closed. Click the add me icon to add yourself to the watch list.
Work notes list

Internal users who receive a notification about this case when work notes are added. You can only add internal users to the work notes list.

Click the add me icon to add yourself to the work notes list.

Additional comments Customer-viewable comments. Each comment is inserted into the Activity field when the user clicks the Post button.
Work notes

Information about how to resolve the case, or steps taken to resolve it, if applicable.

Internal users who have been added to the Work notes list receive the Case work notes added notification containing the work notes when added.

You can configure the notification, as required. The notes are viewable by the admin, agent, and agent manager.

Activities Records all activity associated with this case.
Resolution Information
Resolved by The agent to whom the case is assigned when the case is resolved.
Closed by The name of the user who closed the case.
Resolution Code Choice list indicating the resolution states for the case.

This field is mandatory when an agent proposes a solution for a case.

Cause Details about the cause of the resolution.
Resolution notes Details about how the case was closed. This field is mandatory if a customer service agent or agent manager closes a case. If a customer closes a case, it is not mandatory.
Add resolution notes to comments A check box to determine if the resolution notes are added to customer-viewable comments when the case is resolved.

If selected, the resolution notes are added to the Additional comments (customer-visible) field.

By default, the check box is cleared.

Resolved The date and time that the case was resolved.
Closed The date and time that the case was closed.

Customer view

Customers can view a Case form by clicking My Cases on the customer portal and then clicking a case number from their Case list.

The customer view of the Case form includes the following components:
  • A process flow formatter that indicates the current state of the case.
  • The related entity information, including account and contact information, product and asset information, and service contract information.
  • An Activity field that stores all communication for the case in a chronological list.
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