Schedule a Manager – How to speak directly to a Product Support Manager on your high priority incidents
“Schedule a Manager” is the newest offering in SAPs real-time support channels, giving customers the ability to schedule a 15-minute call with a Product Support manager.
While Expert Chat and Schedule an Expert offer expert support for technical issues, we understand that sometimes a simple conversation with a manager can bring the focus you need to an incident to ensure the reported issue is being addressed in the correct way. Schedule a Manager meets this need by allowing you to book a phone call with a SAP Product Support manager from the related product area, to discuss details of your incident and ensure any service exceptions are appropriately addressed and corrected if needed.
On November 18th 2019, this new service launched in a pilot phase for the following products; Sales & Procure, UX & DBOS and ALM & Support Portal. Availability of the service will be extended as it is further deployed throughout 2020.
What is Schedule a Manager and how does it work?
The service aims to assist customers who have concerns on how an incident is progressing. This might be that you haven’t received an update in several days on an issue that is impacting your business, or you have questions on why a certain course of action has been recommended on an incident. Schedule a Manager allows you to speak directly with a manager who is committed to ensuring your incident is handled quickly and efficiently.
The service is quick and easy to use. Once an incident has met the criteria set out below, the Schedule a Manager button is active. From there you can simply select the date and time that suits you to receive a call back. There are several pre-defined reasons for you to choose from, and also an option to maintain free text so you can provide the Manager information on your question or concerns up front. Once confirmed, you will receive an outlook calendar entry to save as a reminder for your upcoming call.
Similarly, the SAP manager receives confirmation that a session has been booked. They will use the time prior to the call to follow-up on the incident to check on progress to date, discuss next actions with the assigned Engineer and take any necessary steps to ensure a robust action plan is in place.
At the scheduled time, you will receive a call from the manager on the phone number provided. They will answer any questions you might have, as well as providing details on actions already taken and next steps. This information will also be reflected in the incident afterwards, so there is a full history of the interaction.
What qualifies an incident for Schedule a Manager?
The “Schedule a Manager” button will appear for an incident in the SAP ONE Support Launchpad when the following conditions are met:
- The incident has been on priority high for at least 2 days after its creation
- A manager from the corresponding product area is available
- The incident is in Product Support (*Note: “Schedule a Manager” is not offered for incidents processed within SAP Development Support)
How do I request a Schedule a Manager session?
- Access SAP ONE Support Launchpad and navigate to your incident inbox.If an incident meets the above conditions, the Schedule a Manager button will be active. To book a session click on ‘Schedule a Manager’.
- Then click ‘Book a Session’.
- Select the date and time that suits you to receive a callback from the SAP Product Support Manager.
- Maintain contact details: Name, phone number and email address
- Select your reason for requesting the SaM session from the options provided. There are also free text options to provide information specific to your request.
- Once all data has been entered, click on the Submit button.
- Your session is confirmed. From here you can Add to Calendar, Cancel (the Schedule a Manager request), or Update Contact Details. A confirmation email will also be sent.
This service requires no configuration or setup. Once the incident meets the pre-defined criteria, it is automatically available for selection to all customers at no extra charge.
NOTE. Neither Schedule a Manager, Schedule an Expert nor Expert Chat are consulting services. Also, Schedule a Manager service is only offered for high priority incidents in Product Support and not for Product Development support incidents.
To learn more, please check this FAQ.