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The IT organization at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth comprises 160 professionals across the Cook’s network. The team of 20-30 employees who operate the 24x7 Help Desk struggled with a support system that was difficult to use and not flexible enough to meet changing business needs. The customer portal had low user adoption that resulted in more phone calls than necessary and poor cell phone connectivity caused a need for pager and text message interaction. Cases were passed between departments without resolution and there was no central dashboard for IT update schedules, workflow or status.Executive management elected to move to Salesforce.com Service Cloud forCook’s various call centers. Cook Children’s Health Care System required a partner that could expertly implement the Salesforce Service Cloud.


Astadia implemented Salesforce Service Cloud for Cook Children’s to support170 service cloud users and 6,000 portal users at high volume. Several layers of workflow and notification processes were implemented to keep team members informed of case reassignments, to alert IT to a high priority case, and to update users via text, if preferred. Service Cloud helped support an enhanced Help Desk through a visual calendar fed by change events, Chatter collaboration for change management and approvals, knowledge sharing via and agent console and portal and improved triggers for provisioning new employees.


Cook Children’s Health Care System gained an enhanced Help Desk with greater efficiency, improved standards for customer service and better experiences for both technicians and users. The benefits resulting included:

  • More consistent answers provided by agents to users due to the shared agent portal and expanded knowledge base.
  • More satisfied users and callers.
  • Improved agent productivity and accountability.
  • Better collaboration and change management through use of Chatter.
  • Faster and more accurate on-boarding of new employees