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19th May 2009


Volunteer-led organisation invests in IT service management software to support
IT users including mobile workers using BlackBerrys.

British Red Cross has recently selected Hornbill’s Supportworks ITSM to service requests from over 3000 office-, home-based, and mobile technology users. Supportworks ITSM is used by the service desk to log and track IT calls, which are resolved immediately or passed onto the technical and network services teams. British Red Cross selected Hornbill’s solution for its ease of use and the functionality available out of the box. Supportworks ITSM is the flagship application in the organisation’s adoption of key processes using the ITIL framework.

According to Darren Barrett, Service Desk Team Leader at British Red Cross; “We evaluated several systems and Hornbill best met our requirements. We liked the out- of-the-box functionality that Hornbill’s Supportworks ITSM offers, as well as its ease of use. Supportworks ITSM required only minimal configuration to be up and running as we wanted it, even with the interface to the Blackberrys that our IT team uses out in the field.

“We liked the way that Hornbill listens to customer requirements and takes suggestions forward – for instance, the BlackBerry interface meant that we were quickly up and running with a support solution for our mobile workers. Supportworks ITSM has made IT’s communication with customers much quicker and more efficient – we are able to keep them updated on progress wherever they are, however they work.”

British Red Cross has IT service analysts based in four territories across the UK - in Scotland, Wales and England, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. Incidents and relevant system details are logged in Supportworks with details sent directly to each analyst’s Blackberry. Immediate access to information specific to the caller enables issues to be fixed quickly. The IT department also plans to introduce web-based Customer SelfService, to enable users to log and track calls themselves as well as look up known problems and solutions.

Gerry Sweeney, CEO of Hornbill Systems commented, “British Red Cross supports a wide range users across diverse geographical areas and it is important that the IT team is able to provide an effective service. Supportworks ITSM enables them to respond to users efficiently, making sure that they can track issues and resolve them. Managing the call effectively from first point of contact to resolution ensures that problems are fixed with minimum disruption.”


About British Red Cross
British Red Cross is a volunteer led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis. It works as part of a global network of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies.

It enables vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, it helps people recover and move on with their lives. The organisation’s work in the UK focuses on four areas: emergency response, first aid training, health and social care and refugees and other vulnerable migrants.
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About Hornbill Systems

Service Management software from Hornbill enables organisations to provide excellent customer service while benefiting from the economies of consolidation on a single technology platform. Supportworks’ service desk templates are designed for rapid deployment within any employee or customer support environment, including ITIL-compatible IT Service Management, IT Helpdesk, Customer Service, HR and Facilities Management with the flexibility to build additional desks at minimal extra cost. Hornbill’s software supports thousands of commercial and governmental sites worldwide. Hornbill Systems was founded in the UK in 1995 and has US offices in Dallas and New York.

Hornbill has earned many industry accolades including; Service Desk Institute “IT Service and Support Technology Supplier of the Year” for 2008, “Best Business use of Support Technology” with Sharp Electronics and “Support Excellence Award for Smaller Helpdesks” with Camelot in 2005.

High profile customers include Atos Origin (Athens Olympics 2004, Torino Winter Olympics 2006 and Beijing Olympics 2008), Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Greggs, London Metropolitan University, RSPB, Chubb Insurance, House of Fraser, Halfords, The National Archives, and Camelot.

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For Company and editorial information contact:
Julie Aguilar
Hornbill Systems
Tel: 0208 582 8205

Andreina West
PR Artistry
Tel: 01491 639500

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