Service Level Agreements

A formal commitment defining expected service standards and response times.

What are Service Level Agreements (SLAs) ?

(SLAs) Service Level Agreements are contractual agreements or commitments between service providers and their customers that define the expected level of service quality, performance, and responsiveness. SLAs establish clear expectations, outlining the standards and metrics by which services are measured. In the context of customer support and ticketing systems, SLAs play a crucial role in ensuring the timely and efficient resolution of customer inquiries. 

Key Components of SLAs

1. Response Time 

Defines the maximum allowable time for the service provider to acknowledge or respond to a customer inquiry. It sets expectations regarding the speed of initial engagement. 


2. Resolution Time 

Specifies the maximum duration within which the service provider commits to resolving and addressing the customer’s issue or inquiry. It focuses on achieving a satisfactory resolution within a defined timeframe. 

3. Escalation Procedures 

Describes the procedures for escalating customer issues not resolved within the specified timeframes. It provides a framework for moving issues to higher levels of support or management. 

4. Communication Protocols 

Outlines how and when communication will occur between the service provider and the customer. This includes details about updates, status reports, and other forms of communication throughout the support process. 

Implementation of SLA’s

SLAs are often implemented through the following features: 

  • Automated Workflows: Automated workflows within the ticketing system help ensure that tickets are routed, prioritized, and responded to according to SLA specifications. 
  • Alerts and Notifications: The system can generate alerts and notifications to remind support agents of approaching or breached SLA deadlines, facilitating timely actions. 
  • Performance Tracking: Built-in reporting and analytics features allow organizations to track and measure SLA performance, providing insights into areas that may require attention or improvement. 
  • Customization: Ticketing platforms may offer customization options, allowing organizations to tailor SLAs to specific customer segments, products, or service levels. 
  • Escalation Management: The ticketing system may include escalation management features to automatically escalate tickets that breach SLA thresholds to higher levels of support.


Read here on how to configure SLAs and apply them to tickets 

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