Users want flexibility to customize software to their needs
Cupertino, February 4, 2020 – Software personalization pays off! This is the result of a global study by OTRS Group. The majority of those surveyed (62 percent) want software that is tailored to their personal needs when working with customers. In Brazil, as many as 97 percent stated this, in Mexico 72 percent, in Germany 60 percent and in the USA and Singapore 50 percent.
In any case, 89 percent would take the necessary time to adapt software to their needs. The majority of respondents (71 percent) also say that their current helpdesk or CRM solution is personalized enough to make them feel comfortable with it, but they see potential for improvement.
A total of 97 percent believe it is important that their software has the flexibility to be modified and changed to suit their working style. In Brazil, as many as 57 percent of them responded that they consider flexibility to be extremely important.
User experience of the software impacts customer service results
Software user experience plays a major role for most respondents (72 percent). For 24 percent of respondents, software ease-of-use is one of the most important factors leading to a good user experience.
In addition, almost half (49 percent) of respondents worldwide say that it has a major impact on the quality of customer service if the systems that service staff work with are easy to use. Only 3 percent say that the ease of use of the systems has no impact at all on the quality of customer service. User-friendliness of software should not be underestimated: 69 percent say that user-friendliness increases the efficiency of the customer service team. When asked for the most compelling reason to change the settings in their software, 32 percent said they could speed up their work with it.
“It’s no surprise that the majority of respondents want personalization in their software. The better a software can be adapted to individual needs, the more efficiently the individual can work with it,” comments Christopher Kuhn, COO at OTRS AG about the results. “It is exciting that 71 percent state that their software does not yet fully meet their need for personalization. With OTRS 8, we are meeting this need, because individualization and user-friendliness play a major role in this release.”
OTRS 8 will be launched on March 27, 2020.
 The study was conducted online via Pollfish in January 2020 among 500 participants in Germany, USA, Mexico, Brazil and Singapore. The respondents are between 23-55 years old and have indicated customer service as their core professional activity.
About OTRS Group
OTRS Group is the manufacturer and the world’s largest provider of the service management suite OTRS, awarded with the SERVIEW CERTIFIED TOOL seal of approval. It offers flexible solutions for process and communication management to companies of all sizes, saving them time and money. Among its customers are Lufthansa, Airbus, IBM, Porsche, Siemens, BSI (Federal Office for Security in Information Technology), Max Planck Institute, Toyota, Hapag Lloyd and Banco do Brazil (Bank of Brazil). More than 170,000 companies worldwide use OTRS, including over 40 percent of the DAX 30 companies. OTRS is available in 40 languages. The company consists of OTRS AG and its six subsidiaries OTRS Inc. (USA), OTRS S.A. de C.V. (Mexico), OTRS Asia Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), OTRS Asia Ltd. (Hong Kong), OTRS do Brasil Soluções Ltda. (Brazil) and OTRS Magyarország Kft. (Hungary). OTRS AG is listed on the basic board of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. For more information, see www.otrs.com.