First, I want to apologize for only having 1 blog post in January. In an earlier blog post, I stated that I was kicking off 2013 with a trip to Seattle, WA. Seattle is home to the headquarters of Isilon, one of EMC’s more recent acquisitions. While the initial purchase and sale went through a while ago, it was only recently that the installation, sales contracts, and support system was converted over to what EMC has been using for years. For 2 and a half weeks, I went on site to help the Isilon Remote Support staff understand the inner workings of the new ticket system known as “Service Center” and how it related to their existing system based on SalesForce.
Decisions were made as to what would be converted over and what wouldn’t be. The existing SalesForce database would still be available to support, but in a read only instance. This would be because only cases that were still open on Saturday January 12th were going to be converted over. Older closed cases would still remain in the old system for reference, and new cases would be created in EMC’s system only.
I’ve been in support long enough to know that not every migration goes according to plan. As far as this one went, there weren’t too many major issues. The minor ones were remedied quickly and it seems like everything is finished. Existing EMC customers should be familiar with the online support interface. Your Isilon arrays would show up under existing sites if the address on file matched, otherwise you may need to search for new site IDs to follow.
The culture over at Isilon is still very much like a startup and I loved it. Moral is high and it seams people really enjoy their job and care about the customers they help. It’s no surprise that it was voted one of the best places to work in Seattle. With any major change to a business process, it is going to take some time for those involved to get used to it. It seems like everyone was able to adjust quickly and by the end of my stay, the support engineers seemed well adjusted to the new system and processes.
All in all I think the conversion was a huge success and I hope you will join me in welcoming the Isilon Remote Support team to EMC.
On a side note: I had some free time to see the sights of Seattle. I posted a large collection of photos from my trip (broken down by day) and I hope you enjoy them.