Using Aleyant Support and Professional Services

PRESSERO

Using Aleyant Support and Professional Services

Basic Support Guidelines

  • Support for up to two people from your organization is included with your subscription. Please share this information with them. 
  • Training participation for Pressero and eDocBuilder is required for all users requesting support. The training sessions are also open to any other employees that wish to attend. You may request paid one-on-one training for all areas of the system. To request training please create a support ticket under the professional services area. 
  • Support hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Central Time (Chicago), Monday through Friday. 
The Support Portal
The best way to reach us is by submitting a new support ticket through our support portal: http://support.aleyant.com. Submit a new ticket for each new question. Please do not respond to an old ticket that has been closed to ask a new question, this opens the old item back up and will not only cause confusion but will almost always add a delay to our response time.

Phone Calls to Support
A phone message may be left by calling 800-571-2138 x 704. Support items received by phone or through the support portal are taken in the order that they are received in the queue. Please rest assured that your voice mail message will be reviewed quickly and prioritized if necessary.

Emailing Support vs. submitting through the Support Portal
Emails directly to our support email account should no longer be used. If you have not done so already, create an account at http://support.aleyant.com and submit support requests there by opening a new ticket. The benefits of this change are for you, and will keep the support system running as efficiently as possible. Some of those benefits are: 
  • The ticket you complete will make sure that we capture needed information the first time. We spend a lot of time asking for more information... often it's the simplest of details, like which product or which template.
  • Entering a ticket will automatically search the Knowledge Base. We have filled the KB with hundreds of questions and answers and when you type in your question you will see that the system is searching on possible answers for you. Many support questions could have been answered by searching the KB (we use it ourselves many times a day). 
  • We receive a lot of "impulse" support tickets... having a more formal process will weed some of this out and ultimately allow us to respond to requests more quickly AND keep our prices down.
  • You can run a report to see all your past support tickets. 
  • You can check the status of your tickets. 
  • The Portal has many additional helpful features such as documentation, training videos, news items (if we are having system problems, if we have a scheduled update coming up, they will be added to the news area), as well as the Knowledge Base articles. 
The image below shows the support portal. From here you can Register for an account so you can see tickets that have been submitted previously. You can also simply click on the link for "Submit a Ticket" if you do not want to create an account but still require help from our support team. 

Response Time and Procedure
Our goal is always to respond within 4-6 business hours. While it may seem to take a long time to get a response, the average time over the last 6 months is approximately 1.5 hours. Difficult situations, or questions that require input from our programming staff will take longer. Please note that on a Monday, or a day following a holiday where our office is closed, there may be a longer response time.

Urgent Issues
An urgent issue can be subjective based on the unique set of circumstances you may be experiencing, but for most cases an urgent issue is any situation that the customer can not place an order or you can’t produce the job. If this is the case with your issue, you can mark the ticket as urgent. We have staff that will be notified during non-working hours when a ticket is submitted that is urgent. So that this policy can work well and stay in place, please be sure to only use it when an issue is preventing your customer from ordering, or keeping you from being able to fulfill an order. 

“How To” And Other Questions
We encourage all questions on how to use the system to first be searched on the support site (http://support.aleyant.com) before submitting a ticket. The Knowledge Base and Documentation have most of the common questions posted for an immediate answer to your question.

Bugs and Errors
If you are experiencing an error or feel you have found a bug in the system submit a ticket with all the necessary information we would need to reproduce or see exactly what is happening in your site. This may require that we have:
  1. The administrative username and password 
  2. The name of the site and the URL 
  3. The name of a site user and the username and password to log into the site as them
  4. Specific details of the steps we need to follow to generate the error, or see where you are having difficulty
  5. Screenshots or video capture. An excellent free tool we use is Jing. You can download it here: http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
Changes to the API noted in the News
We will report any API changes that are part of an upcoming release 24 hours before the scheduled update using the News section located in the support portal. If you would like to be notified of these changes you may subscribe to the RSS feed available for the News area.  Go to: http://support.aleyant.com/news/root.aspx, and click the RSS icon link. That URL can be used in any standard RSS reader, like MS Outlook. (http://support.aleyant.com/RSS.ashx?type=news).

Feature Requests
We believe that the success of or products is due to the great ideas our customers have shared with us over the years. If you have a feature request that you would like to share please submit it through our user forum (http://forum.aleyant.com). Each product has its own section for these items and it allows other customers to post their thoughts on your ideas as well.
 

When is it support and when is it Professional Services?

There are a few areas of the system that depending on your particular needs, could require a higher level of knowledge and understanding of the system. The support team is available to review work you have done yourself and offer advice in an area where you might be getting stuck.

Professional Services would be any situation that requires us doing the work, giving technical advice (scripting, programming, etc.), restoring a site or setting because of user changes, or when a series of questions either written or phoned in that could be considered training, that go over 15 minutes. This rule is in place to ensure that the support team is able to answer all customers questions in a timely manner. This applies to all areas of the eDoc and Pressero system, but some common areas that we encounter this most often are:
  • Pricing Calculators
  • eDocBuilder template setup 
  • API related items
  • Custom Skinning
  • DNS support when you choose to manage your own DNS. 
  • Restoring deleted email folders
  • Any database work
  • Integrating eDocBuilder with a Magento storefront
Here is an example:
You’ve been working in the system but you are not getting the results you needed, or expected. We will review the work and give you a suggestion of what we think you should try on your own. If this will take more than 15 minutes because it is very complicated, or we needed to involve the programming staff for help, or you want us to fix or do the work for you, we will let you know there will be a fee to continue.

See Professional Services Rates below. We will never charge without telling you first that there will be charges to proceed. In all situations, if we determine that there is a bug in the system that was causing your problem we will not charge.
 

When you may see a fee for Support

Custom HTML and Javascript issues in Pressero Sites
We have worked hard to empower our customers with the freedom to use CSS and Javascript in a store's HTML Head area to customize the look and operation of their storefronts. (Sites > Settings > SEO/HTML > HTML Head Content) and to have the ability to custom skin their own sites. 
 
However, with freedom comes responsibility. In this case, by adding or editing the CSS and/or Javascript  you are also taking on the responsibility to make sure it works, and does not cause issues with the operation of your Pressero stores. Typically we will have an update to eDocBuilder or Pressero each week (Thursday evening/Friday morning CST). It is a good rule of thumb to regularly check your sites for any problems. 
 
Regrettably, our support staff has been repeatedly asked to fix issues not caused by Pressero, but instead caused by custom CSS or javascript that was added to a store by our customer. Frequently, this request is sent as "urgent, you must drop everything and fix this!!" Often, the customer sending this request does not realize the problem is being caused by their own custom code.
 
To address this we will charge Professional Services per incident for all support requests related to issues caused by custom CSS or Javascript . See Professional Services Rates below. In most cases we will tell you before we proceed to fix your code so you can agree to the fees. Situations were this may not happen will be when it is faster to fix the issue than to estimate what needs to be done, or when a fix you require is of an urgent nature (ie: your customer can not order).  There will be no charge if it is determined to be a problem in Pressero. Our aim is to continue to provide the best support in the industry. Issues outside our control can be part of that support, but they are simply not covered under the flat, monthly Pressero subscription.
 
Unlocking Pricing Calculator Excel Sheets
If you need to unlock the protection on the excel files used to create a pricing calculator, you may contact support for the password. In almost all cases you can edit the sheet without the password but we realize there are times it is needed. We advice customers to be very careful what you do after unlocking the spreadsheet, because it contains many formulas that can be very easily messed up.  There will be a fee of $95 - $150/hr to fix any calculator that is damaged by you unlocking the sheet. Because of that we suggest saving a copy of the spreadsheet before making any edits. 

Professional Services for Store Setup and Custom Skinning

The support team is available to do the setup work for you through Professional Services. If it is one small task or you need an entire site set up we are available. Please open a ticket on our portal support.aleyant.com, along with details of what you need done and we will contact you to discuss the project.

Professional Services Rates
The cost for Professional Services depends on the department that needs to help you. If our Level 1 support team can do the work, it will be $95/hour. Custom skinning is $125/hour and If the item requires the help from one of our programmers, it will be $150/hour. A half hour minimum rate will apply. We will never charge without telling you first that there will be charges to proceed.

Other Support Services available to our customers:
If you are not already, you will want to sign up for our Blog and User Forum. We use these two areas to update you on new features, helpful tips and tricks of using the system, upcoming events, training sessions, webinars, etc.

Aleyant User Forum: http://forum.aleyant.com
Blog: http://blog.pressero.com