Often I see country structure buildt into categories which is by SIM building the company structure into categories.
This pumps up the structure for international companies. I wondered if there is another 'smart' way to organize this..
This question is as old as the hills :)
Let's say you have some standard categories: "Support/Hardware", "Support/Software". Now, by adding countries, you get "Norway/Support/Hardware", "Germany/Support/Hardware", etc. You will get countries * areas number of categories, which might become a lot.
The general idea is that you should have a category only if you need separate ticket assignment. If you only need filtering/reporting, then you can use an extra field instead. For instance, if you have the same people managing Hardware-ticket independent of country, then country should be a separate field. There is no need to have it in the category tree. However, if there are different people managing Hardware-tickets for different countries, then you actually need to have country as a part of the category hierarchy, because "Norway/Support/Hardware" will contain different agents than "Germany/Support/Hardware".
I guess that this also is why Tags has been implemented.
Either use Tags to select which country it's related to, then use categories for Support/Hardware etc.
Or use Tags to select Case Type and use Categories for countries.
Or go a different way, add an extra table.
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