Client Support Plan
This document outlines the CallTower Client Services Support (CSS) Plan, specifying how to contact CSS, and the case management process used to provide the highest quality support for all CallTower services.
Client Services Support Contact Information
Customer Support Portal – 24x7x365
All customers have access to the CallTower Customer Support Portal to open, review and communicate on support cases. Please follow the link to login to the portal http://support.calltower.com. If you have trouble logging into the support portal, please contact CSS via phone.
The Customer Support Portal provides access to view all open and closed support cases attached to your account. Clients may also open new support cases and comment on cases in progress. Please be advised all cases opened via the Customer Support Portal open with a Priority 4 until they are reviewed and appropriately dispositioned. If an issue is urgent, please contact CallTower CSS via Chat or Phone.
Knowledge Base – Located in the CallTower Customer Support Portal is a knowledge base with articles for self-help and self-administration. Articles are continually being added and updated to provide customers with on-demand information regarding common issues.
Chat – M-F 7 AM to 6 PM MT
CallTower Chat is available on our homepage www.calltower.com or at https://supportwg.ctcontactcenter.com/Content/Html/ChatBox.html. Chat is a recommended method to open high priority support cases in addition to other standard priority issues. Live technicians are available to immediately work and escalate issues for quicker resolution.
Phone Support (800) 347-5444 – 24x7x365
Phone Support will connect clients to a Customer Service Representative to assist with opening a support case and then connecting clients to the appropriate specialist to work the request. Phone Support is another recommended method to open high priority cases.
Main Points of Contact (MPOCs)
The customer will designate main points of contact (MPOCs) who are authorized to initiate support tickets with CallTower CSS. All end user issues or service requests will be reported first to the customer MPOCs, who will then submit support tickets with CSS after basic first level vetting/filtering as appropriate. Customers are to provide CallTower with a list of MPOCs by name, title, and current contact information (phone and email). An account for support portal access http://support.calltower.com will be provided to all identified Technical MPOCs.
If there are multiple MPOCs, please designate which is primary and which is/are secondary, contact(s) for master cases, and contact(s) for maintenance notification. The customer will also provide CallTower CSS with their internal ‘escalation list’ containing escalation points of contact within the customer organization for CallTower to use in the event it requires higher level support/interaction pertaining to a support issue.
Reasons that all issues should be reported through customer designated MPOCs:
- Ensures that support ticket requests have the proper authority to be acted on
- Provides the customer with necessary insight into end-user issues and service usage
- Builds increasing internal knowledge for the customer on the CallTower solution for all types of support tickets which promotes greater self-sufficiency and increased communication effectiveness with CallTower
- Facilitates a consistent internal issue reporting process and set of contacts for end-users, reducing confusion and frustration associated with reporting issues
- Provides an appropriate vetting/filtering mechanism for CallTower CSS to help ensure that the customer’s designated CallTower support team is able to focus on and provide the quickest turnaround on real service issues (vs. perceived issues, basic training issues, customer-internal networking issues, or non-issues)
Technical Support Case Prioritization and Management
|Priority Level||Definition||Example||Initial Response||Update Frequency|
|Priority 1||Total impairment of critical services affecting an entire site.||Circuit is down resulting in loss of service||30 min||Hourly/As Requested|
|Priority 2||Partial/intermittent impairment of critical services affecting multiple users||Intermittent drop while transferring calls||1 hour||2 hours|
|Priority 3||Impairment of non-critical services for multiple users of total impairment of services for a single user||Jabber presence not showing correctly for multiple users/phone not regitering for a single user||4 hours||24 hours|
|Priority 4||Impairment of non-critical services for a single user||Message Waiting Light not functioning for a single user||4 hours||48 hours|
* Case response times and update frequency may differ if a case is opened with a vendor such as LiveOps, XO, Level (3), etc. Vendor support response times and update frequency can be provided upon request.
Ticket Status Definitions
New Case – the case has not yet been picked up or worked on by an agent
In-Progress – an agent is actively working on the ticket
Escalated – the case requires assistance from another department within CallTower
Duplicate – there are multiple cases for the same issue, this case was closed and another is referenced as the main case for this issue to prevent duplication of effort
On Hold – the case is still open but is on hold until a designated time
Waiting for Details – the agent requires more information from the customer in order to progress the case
Researching – the agent is researching the issue
Shipping – Hardware is in transit to the customer
Resolved Follow-up Required – The work on the case is completed, case is pending confirmation from customer that the issue is completed
Customer Re-opened – the case was closed, however, the customer has replied to an email related to the case or requested the case be re-opened
Closed No Response – Aging cases with no response from the customer will be closed
Closed – the agent has completed all of the work for the ticket and has tested the implementation
CallTower CSS will manage cases in accordance with the above guidelines unless an alternative agreement is requested by the customer. If the status of a case is not anticipated to change and providing the same information will delay work on the issue, then CallTower CSS will provide an estimated time of resolution (ETR) rather than providing scheduled updates.
Customers may request a case be reopened if the original issue is not resolved to their satisfaction. Cases may be reopened through phone or chat or through responding to an email related to the case. Cases may be reopened within seven calendar days of their closed date. If seven calendar days have passed, a new case will be generated and related to the original case. If a customer fails to respond to an active case after two business days of attempted communication, a technician will notify the customer the case is being “Closed No Response”. When the customer is ready to resume work on the case, a new case will be opened and related to the original case.
Master Case Prioritization and Management
In the event CallTower CSS determines a single issue is affecting multiple organizations a Master Case will be created, and prioritized as a Priority 1G (Global). P1G cases received immediate and continuous attention, communication updates are provided on an hourly basis. Communication will be posted on CallTower’s Network Status Page http://status.calltower.com/. Customers may subscribe on a single issue or for all updates regarding a specific platform. Only CallTower CSS can designate a case as a P1G.
Customers are encouraged to escalate any issue they believe is not being handled appropriately to Client Services Support Management. Below is the CallTower CSS Management escalation path:
Client Services Escalation List
Chat: Click Here
Phone: (415) 869-8999
Cisco Team Manager – Matt Lym
Microsoft Team Manager – Russell Malinsky
Sr. Support Manager – Martin Call
VP of Client Services – Wade Creager
CEO CallTower Division – Bret England
Office: (415) 869-8922
Mobile: (408) 893-9070
Move/Add/Change/Delete (MACD) Case Prioritization and Management
CallTower continues to encourage the use of self-administration (i.e., self-provisioning) by organization administrators and MPOCs. We are able to assist you at any time with self-administration of your organization using the Client Provisioning system. Helpful instructions on how to manage/self-administer MACD requests can be found in our Solutions Center in the CallTower Customer Support Portal http://www.uc.calltower.com.
There are many tasks that can be taken care of quickly and efficiently by customers on their own without having to contact or wait on CallTower CSS – a few of which include:
- Password resets
- User creation and deletion
- Updating of user information
- Phone creation and deletion
Customers requesting CallTower CSS to complete requests that are available to be managed by customers through the provisioning portal will be subject to a provisioning fee.
|Priority Level||Initial Response||Update Frequency|
|Standard||24 hours||Typically, changes are completed within two business days. Customers will be notified if additional time will be required due to carrier/vendor response times.|
Expedited (additional fee applies)
|4 hours||Typically, changes are completed within one business day. Customers will be notified if additional time will be required due to carrier/vendor response times. CallTower will expedite all carrier/vendor requests when possible.|
MACD requests outside of extended business hours (M-F, 7 AM to 6 PM) will be addressed the following business day. Urgent requests outside of extended business hours are considered Expedited and will be addressed by CallTower CSS 24×7 Tech Support Team. CallTower CSS will utilize the same case status definitions as technical support cases. Cases are available to be viewed in the Customer Support Portal to see real-time updates and progress on requests. As many MACD requests may result in a licensing/usage change, CallTower will only work MACD requests with approval from identified MPOCs.
CallTower’s technical personnel perform routine maintenance on CallTower backend systems to ensure the highest level of performance and reliability. The CallTower Client Support Plan defines the following types of system maintenance: Scheduled Maintenance and Unscheduled Maintenance. Each maintenance type is defined as follows:
CallTower performs proactive, routine maintenance each month to ensure the highest level of uptime and performance for CallTower customers. Tasks performed during monthly scheduled maintenance include, but are not limited to, system patching, hardware commissioning and decommissioning, and hardware and software upgrades.
Monthly Maintenance Window
Each monthly scheduled maintenance window typically takes place on the third Friday of each month at 10 PM MT – 4 AM MT. Clients will receive an email reminder one week in advance and when the maintenance window begins and completes. The maintenance notification is also posted to status.calltower.com. Notifications will include the following details regarding the monthly scheduled maintenance: date/time details, CallTower products affected by the maintenance event, a brief description of the work to be performed and a brief justification for the work to be performed.
Scheduled monthly maintenance events may be followed by a more detailed notification of added features and functionality provided to CallTower customers as a result of the work performed during the maintenance event.
Skype for Business Certificate Updates
CallTower’s Skype for Business platform requires a weekly certificate upload to a server. This weekly update typically occurs Friday mornings at 12 AM MT. This process has no customer impact and services remain functional during the upload.
CallTower Connect Updates
CallTower developers provide system upgrades and patches to the CallTower Connect platform following the completion of a three week sprint. These updates are typically completed on Tuesday evenings from 9 PM MT – 11 PM MT on three week cycles. Clients will receive an email notification 24 hours prior to the update and notification is posted within the CallTower Connect Portal and on status.calltower.com. CallTower services are not impacted during the Connect updates.
CallTower performs unscheduled maintenance on an as needed basis. Unscheduled maintenance is maintenance deemed too critical in nature to wait for the monthly scheduled maintenance cycle. Tasks performed during unscheduled maintenance include, but are not limited to, applying patches to fix critical function and security bugs and necessary hardware replacement.
CallTower will always make every effort to perform the needed unscheduled maintenance outside of the hours of 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM MT. However, CallTower reserves the right to perform unscheduled maintenance at any time depending on the nature and urgency of the tasks to be performed.
Customers will be notified via e-mail regarding unscheduled maintenance as soon as possible with as much advance notice as possible. In some cases, notification prior to work being performed may not be possible. Notifications will include the following details regarding the unscheduled maintenance: date/time details, CallTower products affected by the maintenance event, a brief description of the work to be performed and a brief justification for the work to be performed.
CallTower’s online e-bill system provides customers with full-time web access to their last six months of billing statements and full billing detail. Customers are able to access their latest invoice via the web on the afternoon of the 27th of every month by logging in to the MyCallTower Portal, navigating to the Administration tab, and clicking on the e-bill button. Alternatively, e-bill can be accessed directly at https://www.myebill.com/index.asp?startnwc. For login credentials or questions related to accessing or using e-bill, please contact the CallTower Billing Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 586 -4700 opt 4.
In addition to e-bill, an email with a PDF of the invoice will be sent directly to a designated financial point of contact and/or the main point of contact on the 27th of each month.