IT Service Desk
An IT Service Desk is the single point of contact between users and IT Service Management. Tasks include handling incidents and requests and providing an interface for other ITIL processes. The primary functions of the Service Desk are incident control, lifecycle management of all service requests, and communicating with the customer.
Another definition of Service Desk is a center that provides a Single Point of Contact between a company’s customers, employees and business partners. The Service Desk is designed to optimize services on behalf of the business and oversee IT functions. Thus, a Service Desk does more than making sure IT services are being delivered at that moment, it manages the various lifecycles of software packages used to provide critical information flow by utilizing ITIL best practices.
These best practices enable an IT service provider to ensure end-user data is being delivered consistently under many different scenarios. Since the Service Desk is a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) it understands that there are many reasons services can be interrupted. A Service Desk has the means within its hierarchy to monitor and manage each layer of service from beginning to end.