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Minimise the Ripple Effect of SLA Breaches with Proactive Alerts

Shashank Tiwari

July 26, 2023

5 min read

Graphic introducing how to minimise the Ripple Effect of SLA Breaches with Proactive Alerts

Maintaining Service Level Agreements (SLAs) has become critical for all businesses. A breach in SLA impacts the organisation negatively and has a ripple effect throughout the entire supply chain, leading to dissatisfied customers and a tarnished reputation. In this blog, we will explore the importance of tracking SLA breaches, their potential consequences, and how you can proactively manage and resolve SLA breaches to ensure seamless operations and delighted customers.

SLA breach and its Ripple Effect throughout the supply chain

Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are agreements that define the level of service a company promises to provide to its customers or partners. An SLA breach occurs when the agreed-upon performance metrics are not met, such as not being able to deliver the product on time or failing to respond to a customer query within the specified time frame.

SLA breaches have significant consequences for your company. It negatively affects customer trust and confidence in your brand, resulting in dissatisfied customers and potential churn.

Graphic showing tweets of frustrated customers fo brands like Flipkart and Amazon

The Importance of Tracking SLA Breaches

Tracking SLA breaches is essential for several reasons. Firstly, it allows you to identify the points where your business requires improvement, enabling you to fine-tune processes and optimize performance.

Additionally, tracking SLA breaches empowers you to prioritise resource allocation. By identifying and resolving high-impact breaches quickly, you can ensure that your team's efforts are focused on critical issues that directly impact customer satisfaction. Regularly monitoring SLAs also demonstrates your commitment to delivering exceptional service and reinforces your reputation as a reliable and trustworthy partner.

The Ripple Effect of SLA Breach

In an interconnected business landscape, supply chains are highly dependent on seamless operations and timely deliveries. An SLA breach at any stage of the supply chain can trigger a ripple effect, impacting the overall supply chain. For example, a slight delay in order processing at the warehouse can lead to delivery to the customer by several days.

An illustration showing the ripple effects of SLA breaches

Understanding these interdependencies is crucial as end customers are often the ones most affected by SLA breaches, even if the issue originates further up the supply chain. The experience of end customers matters greatly because it influences their perception of your brand and determines whether they will continue to do business with you in the future. It also indirectly affects your company's reputation, as dissatisfied customers are more likely to share their negative experiences with others through word-of-mouth and social media.

Why Reports & Dashboards are not enough in reducing SLA Breaches?

While monitoring SLAs provides valuable data on performance and compliance, it falls short of notifying the right individual in real-time which results in poor customer satisfaction. Simply tracking metrics without an action plan for resolution leads to a reactive approach, where issues are only addressed after they have already affected your customers or operations.

An illusration outlining differences between monitoring and comprehensice issue management

To stay ahead of potential breaches, businesses need to adopt a proactive way that combines monitoring with comprehensive issue management. Swift and efficient issue resolution not only helps to minimise the impact of breaches but also demonstrates your commitment to delivering exceptional service to your customers. This ensures that your team can respond promptly to issues, preventing them from affecting customers and becoming more severe.

Locale.ai: Empowering Comprehensive SLA Breach Management

Locale offers a proactive approach to SLA Breach Management by providing real-time updates and automatic resolutions, ensuring customer issues are addressed promptly. Locale continuously monitors your data and identifies potential SLA breaches before they become critical. This allows you to take action early and avoid major disruptions to your business.

Locale provides a comprehensive SLA breach management solution with real-time monitoring, proactive alerts, and automated issue management.

1. Proactive Monitoring and alerts on the preferred channel

Locale provides real-time monitoring of your key performance indicators and SLA metrics. You can set up customised alerts that immediately notify relevant team members when a potential breach is detected. These alerts can be sent through preferred channels such as email, SMS, or integrated communication platforms.

By staying connected to your supply chain in real time, you can identify issues as they arise and take swift action to prevent SLA breaches before they escalate.

2. Auto-assign the SLA breach to the right individual

Locale auto-assigns issues to the most qualified team members. This ensures that critical issues are promptly routed to the right individuals who can effectively resolve them. This ensures that issues are directed to the right person, reducing response times and avoiding unnecessary delays.

Automating assignments eliminates delays caused by manual allocation, enabling your team to focus on resolving issues and maintaining SLA compliance.

3. Auto-escalation: Prioritising Incidents for Timely Resolution

If any breach is not resolved within a specified timeframe, Auto-escalation comes to the rescue by automatically forwarding the unresolved breaches to higher-level authorities or specialised teams. This proactive approach ensures that critical SLA breaches receive the attention they need, preventing them from causing further disruptions. Auto-escalation keeps your team accountable and ensures that every breach is addressed.

4. Auto-Resolution Through Data

Locale's auto-resolution capabilities optimise issue management by automating the decision-making process. Auto-resolution is crucial to determine whether an incident has been successfully resolved. This automated approach streamlines the resolution process, reducing manual intervention and increasing efficiency.

Snapshot of Locale's dashboard

Get started with Locale

Excited to get started?  So are we!!! Alerts, workflows and incident management are all just a few clicks away with Locale. Here's how:

  1. Integration takes 15 mins: Connect your data sources to configure your tables blazing fast.
  2. Instrument alert rules in SQL: Start monitoring your business events so that you can act on time.
  3. You're ready to roll: Manage your incidents. Resolve, escalate and take action.
Illustation depicting how quickly users can connect their data source to quickly setup alerts on Locale's platform

If you are eager to know more about how Locale helps you set up Alerts, Book a call with one of our specialists to have all your questions answered today! Too good to be true? There is magic in the world, you just haven't seen it yet😌

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