IT suppliers cost UK businesses one billion man-hours a year

Almost 40% of IT workers lose one day or more a week fixing IT problems and attempting to contact suppliers, and poor customer service from IT suppliers is proving costly to UK businesses, according to research by Rackspace. In its first IT Industry Service Report, Rackspace revealed that 39% IT staff are estimated to be losing around one working day or more per week on tackling IT problems and chasing suppliers, while 69% have dropped IT suppliers in the past 12 months because of customer service shortfalls.

UK businesses lose a total of one billion man-hours per year as a result of poor IT service.

The most common cause for complaint is IT suppliers not having adequate levels of interaction with their customers, the research found.

Because of these problems, 48% of respondents reported that customer service had become an increased priority over the past 12 months and service levels are an important factor when businesses decide which suppliers to use.

CIOs take note – service must be acknowledged as a crucial factor in procurement decisions, along with parameters such as price, security and uptime guarantees.

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