IBM Aspera Support: Best Practices For Aspera Support

IBM Aspera-Best Practices for Support
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IBM Aspera Support: Best Practices For Aspera Support

Easy-to-navigate and effective support channels are critically important for your business as you look to minimize downtime, avoid project stalls, and maintain business continuity. Luckily for IBM Aspera clients, you’ll have access to IBM support in a variety of methods that best suit your needs. For companies and employees of companies who purchased IBM Aspera products, you’ll be able to access support through the following methods:

There are two channels to contact Customer Support

If you are working with the type that likes to address configuration issues or other small roadblocks yourself, the community support forums can be a great place to start. Here, you can search the forum to see if any other Aspera user has asked a similar question or just simply search for support-related articles. This not only allows you to do a bit of digging on your own if you prefer to address the challenge that way, but also provide feedback to other IBM Aspera users asking questions.

How to Register and Engage IBM Support

If you’re looking to communicate with the IBM support team, here are some guidelines for registering and engage IBM support:

  •  Register for an IBM ID. Register Here
  • Log in to the IBM Support site using the IBM ID
  • Request access to the Account using the IBM Customer Number (ICN): Request Access Here  NOTE: If you do not know your customer number, please refer to the “What is my IBM Customer Number (ICN)?” article for details.
  • The Account should have one or more Administrators assigned who can approve or deny requested access: Administrator Access NOTE: To determine who the Administrator on your account or to be added as an Administrator, please email mysphelp@us.ibm.com. You may also need to contact mysphelp@us.ibm.com if your request is not approved in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Once approval has been granted on the account for the users/contacts, they are allowed to open and manage cases: IBM Case Management FAQ

If problems are encountered using the support portal, send an email to mysphelp@us.ibm.com to obtain assistance directly from the IBM Support Portal Team.

Escalation

Now, sometimes one tier of support doesn’t suffice to effectively address the support issue. If this happens to be the case, you do have the option to escalate your support case to a higher tier of support. To do so, please do the following to escalate:

  • Be certain to explain the business impact of your problem to the support professional working on your case.
  • Raise the Severity Level of the problem according to the severity descriptions below
  • Ask the support professional to speak to his or her manager or contact a duty manager from the IBM Directory of worldwide contacts. An IBM Support manager will work with our technical staff to ensure your request is being handled appropriately.
  • After allowing the Duty Manager time to make an impact, if further escalation is required, open a Complaint or nominate the issue as a Critical Situation (“CritSit”), if warranted, by asking any member of your IBM Client team to do so on your behalf.

Severity

Lastly, to engage with IBM support effectively, ensure that you are following the defined severity levels seen below. By selecting the appropriate tier of support and then escalating the severity of support in the event that you need additional resources helps your case get the appropriate attention it deserves.

LevelDefinitionExample
Severity 1Critical Impact/System Down Business-critical software component is inoperable or the critical interface has failed. This usually applies to a production environment and indicates you are unable to use the program resulting in a critical impact on operations. This condition requires an immediate solution. Note: We will work with you 7×24 to resolve critical problems providing you have a technical resource available to work those hours.Company Website is down affecting all usersA production server is down.
Severity 2Significant business impact: A software component is severely restricted in its use or you are in jeopardy of missing business deadlines because of problems with a new application roll-out.All users of an application receive an error when attempting to access a service
Severity 3Some business impact: Indicates the program is usable with less significant features (not critical to operations) unavailable.A client cannot connect to a server
Severity 4Minimal business impact: A non-critical software component is malfunctioning, causing minimal impact, or a non-technical request is made.Documentation is incorrectAdditional documentation requested

Conclusion

As you consider IBM Aspera to support your business’s modernized data transfer practices, be confident that you have the support you need. Whether it’s through IBM Support or enablement through the trusted team here at PacGenesis, you’ll be sure to be in good hands. If you’re looking for additional educational material, training courses, or training videos, make sure to check out all of the Aspera-specific resources here

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