Recently a contact of mine at a major software vendor had an issue with his Active Directory account. Somehow the account was locked out, and he contacted the support desk to resolve the issue. In this case, the support desk is actually outsourced to another Solution Provider,(a competitor to Sogeti whom I won’t name). The technician on the support desk, apparently couldn’t resolve the issue with the account quickly, deleted the original account, created a new account and closed the ticket. I have been a network administrator for several companies in my career, and I have always made it my responsibility to ensure that the issues are resolved to the customer’s satisfaction. In this case, being the end user. Today, it seems, in the effort to keep costs low we have forgotten the “Service” in customer service and have set Service Level Agreements, or SLA’s, on the end result which is closing the support incident. While creating a new account for my friend immediately closed the ticket for the support technician, it ended up creating hours of frustration for my friend. Let me explain:
- A new account means his existing profile doesn’t work anymore. While the machine is still a member of the domain, he will get a new Active Directory profile and start his machine with a blank configuration.
- A new account and new profile means his files on the network don’t map to his account anymore, and will probably be deleted in the near future.
- A new account and profile means he will have to install and configure all his applications, settings and favorites again.
- A new account means in Microsoft Lync, none of his contacts will appear and he will need to re-add them.
- If his contacts in Lync don’t appear, then the people who used to contact him via Microsoft Lync won’t see him anymore either.
- The new account also means a new Exchange mailbox. Any emails he had in the original account will not be available. It also means his cached contacts will also not be available.
- Anyone who contacted him with a cached contact will receive a “this account no longer exists” email message from Exchange leading people to falsely believe he is no longer employed at this company.